In this technical era, we are trying to solve a too-much-technology problem with more technology. Like smartwatches, smart rings are riding the cultural obsession with wearable technology. Smart rings are designed to deliver custom notifications from your smartphone.
Smart-rings will be futuristic wearable gadgets. It is not as popular at present time as its peers like smart-watches, air-pods, and other wearable gadgets. We will see most of the companies in the upcoming days for smart-ring manufacturing.
However, as of now many of the companies came up against design problems and tech challenges. At a certain point, it felt that none of the companies would be able to create fancy, comfortable, and attractive smart-ring. But, over the past few years most of the companies, like Apple and Amazon, are making it possible.
What is Smart Ring?
Smart-ring is a wearable device that can track your activity like sleep, walk, pulse rate, and much more.
Smart ring with NFC chip
At present time, many techno giants are continuously working in the area of improvement for this device.
Currently, smart-ring is also available in the market with limited features and high cost. That’s why it doesn’t make a proper place in the techno market. When we are rewinding to the earlier days of wearable technology and smart-rings were considered as exciting, and potentially life-changing, like smartwatches.
Let’s have a look at the units of a smart ring that are being responsible for building it.
- Packing sensors
- NFC chip
- Bluetooth capabilities
- Battery or Power supply
The applications of nanotechnology are also spreading in this area that will grow rapidly in the upcoming days. Packing sensors are common sensors but they are developed by using nanotechnology. These sensors are responsible for tracking the different parameters, whatever a smart-ring has. Based on the functionalities of smart-ring, different sensors may be embedded into the ring.
Several varieties of the sensors used in smart-rings include a heat, heartbeat sensor (infrared or optical type sensor), an accelerometer (3 axis type, for tracking and monitor the movements like walking, running and sleeping, etc.), EDA sensors (for tracking human emotions. feelings, and mental condition also like stress levels), NTC thermistor (for tracking body temperature).
A smart-ring should contain at least these sensors to perform full fill basic demands of human.
Near field communication (NFC), is a wireless connection that uses electromagnetic field induction to provide communication between devices within a short-range, either by bringing them a few centimeters (10cm. or app. 4 inches) close to each other or they are in direct contact.
NFC chip internal structure
And this feature makes NFC transactions very safe from inimical activities. NFC chips are being used in most smartphones, credit cards, laptops, access cards even on POS machines successfully.
Most of the NFC-embedded objects do not need a power source. An NFC chip is made of storage memory, a radio chip, and an antenna.
It is a very common feature that’s we are expecting from every smart device. But when we come to the smart ring; it becomes challenging for the manufacturer to implement this feature in the very small area of the ring. Bluetooth is necessary to sync up smart-ring data collected by the packing sensors to a smartphone.
Some of the smart-rings will deliver raw data based on what the packing sensors have recorded while other more sophisticated smart rings analyze and process that data before sending it to your device.
Battery or Power supply:
Most of the NFC chip-enabled devices took power from electromagnetic waves that are generated by your smartphones. That’s how we can say the battery is not required for NFC-enabled smart rings.
But smart-rings contain a little display or sensors that need little more power than NFC chip; a small battery is required which need charging for operation. The battery life of smart rings can last up to 2 to 6 days per charge.
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