NFC Ring featured on MSN Video; Windows Phone app due soon

We’ve previously covered the successful Kickstarter project for the NFC Ring, a metal band that gives you a two-sided method to transfer data. If the Kickstarter project hit a certain threshold to raise funds, they would make a Windows Phone app and they have done just that.

Now, MSN Video has released a nice five-minute video, hosted by Kate Russell, showcasing how the device works, including practical applications in real life situations. A little after the three minute mark, you can see a Nokia Lumia 925 being used to demonstrate the accompanying app, which you use to write instructions to the ring.

While Windows Phone users can’t use the ring to unlock their phones due to OS restrictions, they can easily use it to launch apps, share public data like contact details, make Bitcoin payments, or unlock doors. It’s a fascinating piece of technology and while everyone may not see the need for it, we think wearable tech is the next big thing to happen after the smartphone craze dies down.

NFC Ring\

In the weekly NFC Ring newsletter, we’re told that “The Windows Phone app will hopefully be approved next week, it's taking some time...”. The rings themselves aren’t due for a few more weeks either as they undergo final testing, including water resistance analysis, but when they do hit, the Windows Phone app should be ready as well.

NFC Ring Windows Phone App

We’ve contributed to the project so we should be able to give a proper tour and review of the NFC Ring when it becomes available.

Watch the MSN Video embedded (note: may not play on mobile devices); Thanks, Theo, for the tip!



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monotheist says:

Cant wait!!! Just love NFC
1st Comment :P

Will this ring help me get chicks?

bawboh86 says:

I'm not sure anything can help *you*...

Zulfigar says:

Not really, but it may help you "pay" for them, if you fancy that sort of thing.

Levent Cinar says:

Chicks digg old school moves the best. Nothing replaces the visual of a pile of cash.

walter1832 says:

Chicks no, Chumps yes.

walter1832 says:

Just don't tase me bro!

drewsuruncle says:

What happend to your Russian mail order bride?

You are the meanest uncle Drew. Dont tell my wife I wrote this.

920Walker says:

Yes. Two at one time.

jholso says:

Would be awesome if MS made some adjustments to the OS for 8.1 to allow for unlocking via devices like this... Would make my life easier since my work requires an 8 digit pin on my phone

safesax2002 says:

Chances are NFC unlock would have to be integrated into Exchange/ActiveSync.

gibbage says:

I would love to unlock my phone with a ring!  MS.  Make this happen!

RyanAMG says:

The dev will make this happen. He is working on the WP app next. The kick starter funds made it way past the point needed for WP support. I think its coming in November.

pavvento says:

I'm having a hard time understanding how this is a big deal.  Is it that much better than NFC tags and other writeable devices that have been around for a while?

monotheist says:

Not much different, just that the form factor is now a ring which makes it "wearable"

Woah, weird text. Reading on the app.

Should be fixed. Give it a few mins to refresh.

Yep, works. Thanks.

WinFan1 says:

Has anyone ever used their phone to make NFC payments in stores?

adrian1338 says:

I would of i could. Use wireless with my visa though

Judge_Daniel says:

Windows Phone 8 was supposed to enable NFC payments through your SIM card tied to your carrier. I haven't heard anything about it since they announced that it would come to Orange in France and then slowly roll out after that back when WP8 was announced.

erzhik says:

Never used NFC although would love to. Currently I use LevelUp to pay for most stuff, but NFC support would be even better.

tavisdunn says:

Want this, though it would be hard to convince my better half as to why....

clappenings says:

Can't see the value in using it to unlock my phone. My car, front door, payment etc. Hell yeah

They missed the most obvious use for this technology.  Chastity Belts!
On your wedding day you install the belt on your wife/husband, and set the code up so the belt can only be unlocked with your spouse's NFC-enabled engagement ring!  Bingo, no more infidelity!

lippidp says:

I'm not going to wear a ring, lame-ass glasses, or get a fuckin watch, but if more morons die due to distractions then I'm all for it.

That lady just flipped us the bird when she introduced the ring.

ahmedjan87 says:

Just what I thought

AccentAE86 says:

haha yeah that part gave me a laugh

F3rzz says:

i died when i watched it xD

erzhik says:

Microsoft really needs to loosen up their rear cavity when it comes to NFC.

banghaymo says:

I can't wait until this becomes a bit more seamless to pay for things. It's just right now you have to go out of your way to do anything NFC related. Such a chore :/
NFC should be ubiquitous if companies want this to become mainstream.

bradbamford says:

Video plays fine on my Lumia 1020

mase123987 says:

I would love to have something like that would be required to use the phone.  Basically, the ring has to be within 4 or 5 feet of the phone for the phone to work.  I think there is something else like that on the market (using a different wirless tech) but nothing for WP (not technically possible yet).

chrobakos says:

If you pay with your wireless credit card in shop, you're not using NFC technology. These credit cards are using contactless smartcard technology (which is similar, but not the same).
If you want to pay with your NFC mobile phone, you have to have "secure element", which is something like secure SIM card (so your NFC phone <X=contract=X> your phone operator <X=contract=X> your bank = so many permutations => you will wait ages to get it ). And finaly after that, your secure SIM card (which is actually contact smart card ) can use NFC to be contactless. 
Android OS supports secure elements integrated in your phone, so it's much easier to get it work (and I think, that this is the right way).
I hope that Windows phone 8.1 will support more NFC and secure element functionality, because in 8.0 it's really poor. 

TechFreak1 says:

These "contactless" cards are a farce lol, the card has to touch the machine for payment and cannot wave it i.e a few cm away. Have had a spate of businesses to come in to demo their "contactless" payment systems but with all of them the card has to be in "contact" with the card reader to authenticate lol.

You should have at least 10 rings on all fingers to do all those actions mentioned. But then what happens when you forget which ring is for what, or what if s.o. steal it. I'm so not paying or unlocking with that chunk

TechFreak1 says:

Also your pretty screwed if you a you got mugged or if they fail. Everything made by people has a shelf life and will degrade over time.

thieves used to steal ur keys, now i think they just wanna chop off ur fingers...lol...
i think its a nice add-on but dont think it can totally replace manual stuff. Imagine all sudden u lost ur ring or the nfc gone cuckoo when u reach ur home. Asking a lock smith to unlock a conventional lock definitely easier n costs less but with a electronic one i believe u gotta be very well prepared of ur wallet.

Nakazul says:

I want this to be useful!

Ocelotty1 says:

I joined the Kickstarter - can't wait to get mine. :)

Nathan Novak says:

Why should we use bit coin when we can use our wallet?
We all have wallet built into the phone...loading the ring seems pretty pointless! Now if it were able to be better intermediary between phone and payments then yeah. This is where this tech needs to go before watches beat them to it.