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Nod Motion Control Bluetooth Ring

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Nod Motion Control Bluetooth Ring

Bluetooth jewelry has been getting a lot of attention over the last few years as people realize that wearable gadgets don’t have to look like electronics. With dozens of amazing concept ideas like the Bluetooth ORB, it’s nice to see some that you can actually buy. While there are dozens of other Bluetooth rings like Ringly on the market, with similar Bluetooth jewelry including the Fin, and the Myo gesture armband, Nod makes it’s own innovations, and it’s actually for sale.

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What is the Nod Motion Control Bluetooth Ring?

The Nod Bluetooth Ring is a type of gesture control remote, which allows you to control and adjust your Bluetooth gadgets with a wave of your hand or finger. The ring itself is stainless steel and features a Bluetooth 4.0 antenna, motion sensors, and processors. It’s also waterproof up to 170 feet, so you can wear it with you, even swimming. The ring features a rechargeable watch battery, which you have to plug in and charge every night. On one side, the ring has a flat, touch sensitive surface, that you can use to control your gadgets and devices, while on the other, it has a smooth, classic band, that’s only different from a normal ring because of it’s slightly bulkier size.

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Once on, you can connect your Bluetooth ring to your devices, and then control them with swipes on the touch panel or with finger gestures. Later, the Nod will have more advanced features, like the ability to pay with your credit card. You can also use it instead of a classic motion controller for a Kinect or a PlayStation, which is definitely convenient. However, some motion control items seem like they’re more trouble than they’re worth, like typing.

At first glance, the Nod looks like a best fit for giving presentations, using Netflix, or maybe flying a drone, but not so well for a lot of everyday uses.

Why It’s Not All That

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You can still get the same sort of gesture control found in the Nod ring in a number of other places, for considerably less money. In fact, the Pebble Watch now has a gesture control module, known as the Ara, which allows you to do the same thing with a gadget that does considerably more for the money. Google also has their own gesture control device. Plus, if you own a PlayStation Move, you can already program your devices to work with your motion control sticks, which will give you some idea of what it’s like to use gesture control

Another problem is that many gesture control devices are still something of a gimmick. While cool, they aren’t tactile, which most of us are used to, so will eventually be put aside. Because this is a new technology, you’ll also get a significantly better experience by waiting a few more years.

However, if you do want a gesture control remote, the Nod ring is one of the best options out there, and quite impressive. At $149.99 cents, it is a bit pricey for a glorified remote control, but there’s always the cool factor to consider.