A NEW Indiegogo project promises to deal with the modern trend of glancing at your smartphone every few minutes.

The Smarty Ring, a finger-wearable ring with an inbuilt LED screen, connects via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone to display updates, the time and other simple operations.

The ring allows for customisable remote control and monitoring of your phone, whether it be in your pocket or five metres away on a nearby desk.

Functions include:

  • Call notifications
  • SMS and email notifications
  • Social media updates
  • Accept or reject incoming calls
  • Make outgoing calls to preset numbers
  • Trigger camera
  • Control music
  • Change profile

The ring also steps in for watches as well with its ability to show time from multiple time-zones.

Size requirements have been severely reduced by the use of a wireless charging pad similar to those available for some smartphones and tablets.

Smarty Ring Co-Founder Dinesh Roy told IDG Connect that Indiegogo beat Kickstarter as their platform of choice for the campaign purely because Kickstarter restricts which countries can establish a campaign.

The Indiegogo campaign has three days to go at the time of writing and has raised US$7,769 of its US$40,000 goal, with all funds still going to the project even if that target isn't reached.

Unlike most crowd-sourced projects, the Indian company behind the Smarty Ring aims to ship the product around April 2014 whether or not the Indiegogo project succeeds.


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