Multifunctional, Waterproof and Stylish- Product Review.
After waiting two weeks I finally received my NFC (Near Field Communication) Smart ring. With many different styles and sizes, you’ll have to take your time and scroll through a few, maybe hundreds of rings to find the right quality and of course low prices. I ended up finding a few nice generic rings with a high ratings 5000+ and prices between $5.00-$10.00 AUD.
Upon receiving the ring depending on what market or brand, it may arrive in a small package baggie or its own branded package. I resorted to buying a size bigger as sizes 10-11 were out of stock at the time.
One of the most common complaints I’ve heard so far is that the ring doesn’t work or your device is not receiving the ring’s data. Is your device NFC compatible? these little chips are installed on many devices usually the newer models, but sadly some may miss out on this experience. Before you buy, look through your device’s settings and see whether it is compatible or not. When you are using the device for the first time, scanning it will just say its empty so finding the right application for your device is essential for writing tasks for it to perform, this is when you will find that it has many features and functions.
Popular Android, Windows, and Apple NFC Smart Ring Applications.
Android Play Store.
- NFC Ring Control: Read your Smart Ring and write tasks. Features also include social media link, youtube link, and website/URL link.
- Smart NFC: Read, write, link social media and URLs, launch applications, send emails and text messages and more. The free version is limited (with ads) but still provides some basic tools or buy the full version for $1.39.
- NFC Tools: Free to use, this app has all the essential linking tools you need. With 1M+ downloads, its features include URL/URI link, social media link, search engine link, video link, add contact/phone number, SMS and location settings include add a location, add an address, destination address (use this feature to link with Google Maps), proximity search and street view.
One of the most useful services I found on NFC Tools was the option to add Emergency information. Enter your details including allergies, blood type and whether you are an organ donor. We always have our mobile phones close by but 99% of us use a pin or lock, it”s a useful tool for if there is ever an Emergency.
- NFC Launchit: The only application that controls most built-in applications on your mobile. This is where you can get more use out of your smart ring. Some features include (app control) accessibility settings, airplane mode settings, alarms, battery saver, Bing search, Bluetooth settings, calculator, calendar, call number, camera, Cortana (WP 8.1+), date and time, find my phone, games, Here Drive, Kids corner, launch website, lock screen settings, marketplace, messaging, music and more. Its the ultimate NFC tool kit for windows.
- NFCsms: Create and send text messages pre-written on the ring. It has limited use as scanning the ring then opens the messaging app for you to review and send. Useful for the office or invitational if you have to send the same message to multiple contacts.
- Jakom.com: Required purchase of the Jakom NFC smart ring, Jakom currently offers the only application available to control your ring by scanning the QR code received after purchasing and receiving the ring, you’ll then be sent to the website needed to control your ring. The downside to this is its not actually an application but a website, so you will have to bookmark it to use for the future. Also its only limited to text sharing and creating a virtual business card.
Is It Worth It?
While Smart Rings are only just making its name in the marketplace, it leaves plenty of room for application creation and user reviews and this is only one of them. Some rings may work well with one OS while they work better with others, experiment and see what suits you. Currently, I’m using mine to link viewers to this website and my Twitter page, while leaving a personalized message. If I were to pick out its more useful purpose at the moment, its a great advertising technique for your website or online marketplace.
Leave a comment below and tell us how you use your smart ring. Also, I’ve included links to two popular brands below available to buy right now on Amazon.
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