You were born to hand jive, baby, but also to use hand gestures to control all the devices in your home. Turning up the heat with a wave of your wrist or turning on the beats with a snap of your fingers is a futuristic vision that’s — fast forward! — happening right now. Harness all the power that you know your hands have with Nod, the latest Bluetooth connected ring meant to bring the objects around you to life.
Out of the box, Nod will instantly fit into the Internet of Things wirelessly powering your world at home, at work and on the go. Nod isn’t the first of its kind but it has impressive backing and is ready to flip on a light switch for you possibly sooner than those other crowdfunded tech-sessories — Nod is available for pre-order now for $149. It’s sensitive enough to understands smaller gestures and hearty (waterproof even!) to withstand wear and tear. Here’s a look at what Nod can do thanks to our favorite mode of showing-as-telling on the web: GIFs!
Chilly under that blanket? Don’t get out of bed to turn up the thermostat, just twist your wrist.
Play DJ from anywhere in the world — yes, a music-related gesture should probably be a record-scratching simulation, but we’ll take this and the ability to shuffle, play and change the volume on your playlist without a remote or your phone.
Talk about mood lighting. You would be a smooth operator with Nod on hand.
Keyboard no more, type using your hands and the ring.
Nod is here to play, too — you can use it in place of a game controller for a more immersive experience in whatever world you’re racking up the points in.
We love an invitation to the party, and Nod has an open platform so you can make your favorite technology more Nod-able. Right now they’re in good company with Nest, Hue, Phillips, Apple, Android, Windows, GoPro and way more, but it might be time to get your startup’s product in Nod’s Internet.
The language Nod speaks may be beautiful but we’re not exactly going Gollum over the look of this ring. It’s not offensive, but it’s not Ringly by any means. It’s almost like a little Oculus Rift for your finger, if that makes sense (it kinda does if you squint). If you want wearables that are slightly more subtle, seamless or stylish, you could hack parts of Nod, maybe ordering it a size bigger and wrapping it with colorful string or wire. But will it really matter? It might not if you’re mostly rocking it during a work presentation or while you’re at home. Wait. Uh-oh. Will wearables usher in the next generation of “honey, where’s the remote?” We think so. You heard it here first.
What do you think of gesture-controlled rings? Would you use one to automate a part of your life? Share below!