Smart rings have been around for a few years now, mostly suffering from obscurity as early adopter curiosities. But as wearable tech accessories like the Apple Watch capture the mainstream, the public is slowly catching on.
Hoping to ride the emerging wave of tech-powered fashion accessories, a new smart ring called Neyya has just been launched as an interface tool for your devices.
With a base made of stainless steel, the top of the ring is a smooth, flat capacitive touchpad embedded with a tiny indicator LED. The touchpad’s surface works as an interface, allowing you to swipe up, down, left and right as well as tap to initiate various functions.
Powered by a lithium ion battery, the smart ring gets about 10 days on standby and three days with regular use.
Once you connect the device via Bluetooth to your iPhone or desktop computer, you’re afforded access to a wide range of ring-assisted controls. Right out of the box, the Neyya can be paired with your iPhone and serve as a volume and selection control for your iTunes app.
The device’s manual promises more non-app functions when the ring is paired, such as Siri activation, but we were unable to get that feature to work. Once you download the Neyya app, a larger array of functions are available, including the ability to use the smart ring to control yourRoku and GoPro devices or using it as a presentation tool in apps like PowerPoint.
Answering phone calls using the ring, which vibrates and lights up when a call comes in, is pretty seamless. And the cool blue LED power indicator on the ring’s docking station is surprisingly attractive and cleverly designed (the base is magnetized, pulling the ring into place when you move it near).