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Whatever happened to going out with people and chatting uninterrupted? These days, wherever you go, folks sit together but instead of enjoying the moment, someone's on their phone checking what they may have missed while ignoring the person right in front of them. Do others find this super annoying too, or am I just showing my age here? (Yeah, and get off my lawn!)
Well, it seems that some clever geeks believe there's something to develop here and they are now honing in on the issue. Note the appearance of RINGLY, an interesting mix between fashion accessory and phone-alert system. Imagine that: Putting the phone away and your mind at ease because your jewelry alerts you if anything "really important" is happening in your electronic world.
Ringly rings are made of gemstones set in 18K matte gold or rhodium-toned plated brass, and they are available in US sizes 6, 7 and 8. The ring comes in five colors and 4 custom vibration patterns. Through the Ringly app, you set custom color and vibration patterns for different types of notifications. Say, your favorite editor of all times just posted on crafthaus: RED lights go on. Your significant other texted you, the ring vibrates... well, you get the idea. The accompanying ring box also acts as a charging station; place your Ringly in the box to recharge when the battery is low.
Now, even though I think this ring/app is somewhere between very cool and very gimmicky, I also have a few concerns. Personally, I have to consider that I had to shut off my own phone's various alerts and go with complete and utter silence 24/7 because the incessant buzzing and beeping made me way too jumpy, to the point of having phantom buzzing symptoms in my pant pockets driving me insane. I am not sure what a vibrating ring on my hand would do to me and to what extremes I might be driven if I wore it, but I would not toss this whole idea out with the bath water before I had at least tried it. And of course, my own failings should not deprive my esteemed crafthaus readership from learning about this new technology's existence.
Oh, and let's not forget, should the conversation in front of you get really interesting, you can always ignore the buzzing and wear this as a ring.
More information: https://ringly.com/