According to a new patent filed by the Cupertino company, it appears that Apple is gearing up to begin to develop some king of touch sensitive ring worn on your index finger. Apple says the ring could have a touch pad/screen, it’d likely have haptic feedback to let a wearer know when something has happened, and it could include a microphone for dictating commands. But seriously, if someone saw you talking into your fist, they’d think you’re from the FBI. At least if you talk into your wrist (via a smartwatch), it just looks like you’re a spy.
Of course this is just a patent, so all of this mumbo-jumbo about smartrings is just indicating that Apple has this idea on their minds. And it must be a good thought considering they slapped a patent on their drawings of the ring. However, a lot of Apple’s patents never make it to be real products, so this could be one of them. But it’s really a heck of a fantasy!
“The patent application basically says that smartphones fail in a lot of important moments that a small wearable device wouldn’t. There are already a number of smart rings on the market, though they’re largely third-party devices made for controlling phones and other electronics over Bluetooth. None appear to be quite as robust as the ring that Apple describes here.“