Are rings the next wave in wearable devices?

Are rings the next wave in wearable devices? A highly successful Kickstarter campaign out of the U.K. proposes a steel or titanium ring equipped with near field communication technology that enables wearers to unlock a smartphone or door, and share public information like a Twitter handle. The ring is designed to balance data protection and sharing, as a video explains. (But as the ring pairs with the user’s mobile device, iOS users are excluded, since Apple has yet to integrate NFC.)

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Wearable technology, as we’ve noted, has spurred the creation of items that help people go Private in Public using tech-infused Intelligent Objects—two trends featured in our 10 Trends for 2013. The ring promises an innovative convergence of these themes, offering a potential alternative for those who fear biometric authentication (one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013).