We’ve seen all manner of Android wearables, though almost all of them pretty much look like watches. Sure there are a few you can wear around your neck, but MOTO is offering you an alternative device in the form of a ring. The MOTA SmartRing claims that it will provide mobile app notifications directly on your… finger.
Announcing the SmartRing, MOTA describes the alerts that can be configured to work with their device:
“Users decide for themselves exactly who they want to talk with and which events they wish to be updated about. The SmartRing displays notifications in text form, with users able scroll through words at the speed they wish. The SmartRing provides maximum discretion over notifications, letting the wearer enable and disable audible and tactile alerts.”
In addition to working with Android devices, the SmartRing will also have an iPhone app that allows the device to pair with iOS devices as well. Whether you’d like alerts for text messages, calls, or calendar events, this may be an attractive alternative to the wearables competition.
Of course, we have no idea how much this SmartRing will cost (or how it will be sized –those of us women with small fingers may find it entirely too bulky, not to mention it doesn’t look terribly forgiving in case adjustments are required). The timing of this announcement is not likely a coincidence –with Apple’s big event happening next week, I suspect we will see more than a few ‘first to market’ style launches as manufacturers try not to be seen as a copycat of whatever is coming our way.
Jillian Koskie is an experienced software developer, content writer, project manager and usability design expert. With over 17 years in these roles, Jillian has enjoyed applying her skill-set to assist clients and users across a wide variety of sectors including: legal, health, and financial services. Combining these professional opportunities with a love of technology, Jillian is pleased to contribute articles, opinions, and advice to numerous news outlets, websites, and publications.