Official Windows Phone app for the NFC Ring accessory now available for commands

The team behind the NFC Ring, a piece of wearable technology with support for NFC, have released the official Windows Phone app. If you're not familiar with the product, think of it as a ring, but with NFC capabilities. Starting as a Kickstarter project, we became rather excited about the possibilities this technology could unlock with Windows Phone.

Should you be looking to pick up a NFC Ring for yourself or friends, you'll definitely want to check out the official app. Head on past the break for all the details.

What kind of information can be shared from the NFC Ring? You can link anything from your social accounts to direct and specific commands. The best part about the technology behind the product is that it's open source. So if you require a a specific NFC solution, you could implement your own functionality.

The app itself is a rather simple solution, offering basic commands but there's scope for unlocking NFC controlled doors and even mobile devices, without having to enter codes or touch the screen. Overall, the concept is sweet and there's certainly room for customisation to introduce the accessory into various situations.

There were a few annoyances noted by the developers in the Windows Phone version of the app (we'll have to confirm once we get our own NFC Rings), since the platform would through an annoying confirmation dialogue window when setting up commands. It's worth noting that this is the first version of the app, so expect improvements and updates in the future.

Here's a short video to explain exactly what the NFC Ring is and what you'll be able to do with the wearable technology:

You can download NFC Ring from the Windows Phone Store for free - it's worth noting that the app is only available for Windows Phone 8 and you need the NFC Ring for it take advantage of all the features. Keep an eye on the official website for more details on the product itself. Cheers, joe_s, for the tip!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • I might have to think about buying this now!
  • You said it! Now you are never getting it back... ;)
  • LOL!
  • I'll buy:)
  • I am a backer and am patiently waiting for my ring to arrive! 
  • wouldn't touch anything to do with NFC until Microsoft do something about the fact that you have to confirm everything on the screen when you use it. defeats the purpose
  • Agreed... Also... Only 1 task at a time??? Have the nexus 7 tablet... Android NFC runs circles around windows NFC... I don't even bother with NFC on my 1020...
  • Absolutely agree! I bought nfc tags, but i can't find one single thing to use it for that doesn't irritates me. You have to confirm everything you do when you read the tags with the phone, and that's feels so unnecessary!
  • Rumor is WP will be getting silent NFC soon.
  • Its true
  • "What do you want your ring to do?" Lmao.. Small minds!!
  • Arial? Fuck off. There are design templates and guidelines for a reason...
  • True that! The design is horrible.
  • Are those screen shots of the Android app?  Looks like they used PhoneGap or something.
  • Pretty unattractive app though.
  • The NFC ring and app with Windows Phone doesn't seem to do anything that Nokia's NFC writer app can't already do with a standard cheap NFC tag. The idea of putting it into a ring is nice but right now it is limited by the NFC stack available in Windows Phone
  • I totally don't get the extensive use of NFC tags, will someone please explain how it can be useful? And do I need to carry around a pocketful of tags???
  • No you don't carry the tags with you. Ideally, you put them in locations where you would use them to accomplish a specific task. For example, I have a tag on the corner or my office desk that opens up the Bluetooth controls. I usually have Bluetooth off but in the office I like to use my Bluetooth headset. You could put one in your car to open up the navigation app. Sure you can tap the icon on your home screen... But for my Bluetooth example, I don't like to have a Bluetooth icon on my home screen (makes it cluttered imho). So for me, I just use a tag in my office to open up the setting which about the only place I regularly use Bluetooth.
  • The "problem" is that if the OS provided a secure automated location awareness API, those tags wouldn't be needed. When it saw that you were at work or at home, it could do those things automatically, with a notification like in Driving Mode. Hell, even just let it recognize WLANs and allow automated tasks when connecting. Hoping the WP8 team can figure out a way to implement this.
  • That is (or was) Nokia Situations which died with Symbian
  • Unfortunately with the way Windows Phone handles NFC, I can't see how holding a ring to the back of my phone, waiting for it to be recognised, and then accepting the prompt on screen could possibly be quicker than just opening a pinned app.
  • Fully agree. This seemed like a great idea until I learned of the limitations of NFC on windows. If I could program it to do a whole action even if it is just to unlock my phone when I hold the ring to it that would be useful. I was considering setting up a nfc tag on my desk or a nightstand but I'd still have to manually select the setting after it opens the settings menu. That sounds pretty half baked to me. I hope that they improve the functionality since I can see it being useful.
  • I would have backed the ring in a heartbeat if not for WP's limitation for me to unlock the phone. That sole function alone would have been worth it for me.