On March 14, 2020, a Facebook user in Finland announced that the readings on his smart ring had indicated that he was not really in the pink of health. He subsequently took a COVID-19 test and was declared coronavirus-positive.
Through a chain of interrelated events, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that their players and staffers could optionally wear a smart ring that would help in monitoring coronavirus symptoms and assess risk. Over 2000 people opted in before the NBA season launched on July 30, 2020.
There is growing attention for smart wearables, especially smart rings, all over the world. The immense potential for doing business, especially in the space of healthcare, fitness, fintech, and logistics, is now increasingly obvious.
The pandemic has only underscored the difference smart rings can make, especially when it comes to safe, contactless business transactions. And they come with a load of benefits too!
They Help You Exchange Contact Details, the Contactless Way
As the world opens up to business, we hesitate - “Is it alright to exchange business cards?” “I don’t touch my face, but my phone is exposed!”
Research indicates that coronaviruses “can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days, but can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62–71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute.” This was based on an analysis published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.
And we know how terrible alcohol is for smartphone displays.
Statis Rings give you a safe, contactless method to exchange business cards. All you need to do is wear the ring and wave your hand under a compatible phone to share your digital business card and other contact details.
They Get You Off Your Screen
You know that scene. We’ve all been part of it at some point - A group of people standing in a circle at a conference, staring at their phones and trying to share their contact details.
Before the pandemic, the average American adult was spending 5.4 hours every day on their phones. With the spread of COVID-19, this has only increased. Working adults, especially millennials, are looking for ways to get off their phones and increase the quality of their lives.
Smart rings have no user interface, so there’s not really anything to look at. Through a combination of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near-field communication (NFC) technologies, smart rings do their job, allowing you to engage better with your colleagues.
They Consume Very Little Power
Smart rings are high on tech, but extraordinarily low on power consumption. The Statis Ring, for example, was crafted with a focus on form and function and is entirely battery-less, so no need to charge. Let’s go easy on the environment; you can stop printing your next batch of business cards with these sleek devices.
They Are High on Privacy
Let’s admit it - smart watches can be quite irritating when they suddenly and loudly rattle out data from your screen. That’s never going to happen to you with a smart ring.
It could take a while before the world returns to normal. However, the smart ring is a device that will come in handy beyond the pandemic as well. Put your smartphone back in your pocket or bag and network confidently in your circles with a batteryless wearable.