Are rings the next wave in wearable devices?

Are rings the next wave in wearable devices? A highly successful Kickstarter campaign out of the U.K. proposes a steel or titanium ring equipped with near field communication technology that enables wearers to unlock a smartphone or door, and share public information like a Twitter handle. The ring is designed to balance data protection and sharing, as a video explains. (But as the ring pairs with the user’s mobile device, iOS users are excluded, since Apple has yet to integrate NFC.)

Wearable technology, as we’ve noted, has spurred the creation of items that help people go Private in Public using tech-infused Intelligent Objects—two trends featured in our 10 Trends for 2013. The ring promises an innovative convergence of these themes, offering a potential alternative for those who fear biometric authentication (one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013).