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!
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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.