It's been almost a year since Takuro Yoshida and his team blew Kickstarter with the Ring, which uses a portable wand gestures as simple to control gadgets at home.
Promises abounded: You will be able to control the lights in your home with the flick of a finger. You will be able to change the song on your iPhone, go up the music, or even take a picture.
And then, as is the case with many projects of equipment, Logbar (the company behind Ring) ran into some obstacles. Production was delayed as the team worked to make the device smaller and (really) portable, and other delays put the months of late products. In fact, the first donors have received their units in December this year.
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But all that said, the ring is always a nice laptop, in my opinion. We caught up with Yoshida at CES Unveiled and saw first-hand the device. It's not perfect, and still feels a bit big (although much smaller than the first iteration). However, at least Logbar team has a solid understanding of how the design should marry functionality.
Portable devices today are ugly. That is true. Follow Apple can make a dent in this argument, and MICA Intel is definitely trying to go against the grain ugly but Ring by Logbar marks one of the first devices available to the public that actually looks good.
And beyond that, it seems to work. Yoshida explained that Ring is a learning curve, much like typing on a keyboard. But once you learn to use, it seems to work. Yoshida in his demonstration Unveiled, showed 100 percent precision of movement.
The ring is now available for $ 269 and the newly unveiled Ring Hub, which allows you to connect your appliances (such as lights) over WiFi, will be available for ~ $ 70 in March this year.