A rumoured Apple iRing seems to be a lot more than just a rumour if a newly published patent is to be believed.
The folks at idropnews.com have stumbled upon a patent filed in April of this year for an Apple ring. The patent goes into great detail suggesting a device that would feature similar functionality to the Apple Watch, but much smaller, and obviously worn on one’s finger rather than their wrist.
The patent explains the device as such:
“A user controls an external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source; the ring is worn on a first finger receives an input from a second finger, selects one of a plurality of touch events associated with the input, and wirelessly transmits a command associated with the touch event to the external electronic device.”
The device could be paired to your iPhone through Wi-Fi, NFC, or Bluetooth. NFC would be used in new and innovative ways within the Apple Ring – The patent explains that two people wearing Apple Rings could authorize a transfer of $20 (or any amount of money for that matter) to from one to the other simply by shaking hands.
This is an interesting concept and certainly one that many people would love to have their hands on. I’d love to see how Apple pulls this one off.
Visit the source page for the rest of the article, it’s an interesting read.