What is Ring Clock?

Ring Clock is a beautiful marriage of the ring and the watch. You will be rewarded with the time, when you play with this wonderful gadget.

Why is it so cool?

  • simple and clean design
  • unique clock aspect around the ring’s band
  • eco-friendly and playful - the time is displayed when you rotate the ring
  • cutting edge technology (wireless charging, ultrathin battery, energy-saving LEDs)
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Technology

Materials

Stainless steel is used for jewellery and watches with 316L being the type commonly used for such applications. It is allergy free and will not oxidise or turn black.

LED Lights

An LED lamp is a solid-state lamp that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as the source of light. LED lamps offer long service life and high energy efficiency.

Wireless charging

Qi is an interface standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 4 cm.

Rotate 360°

Whenever you need to know the time just spin the ring and you will see the accurate time.

Water-resistant

Suitable for everyday use. Splash/rain resistant. NOT suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, snorkelling, water related work and fishing. (WR/30M)

Energy saving

Automatic turn off after 1 minute. Our next task is to allow the rotation kinetic energy to give the power to the LED lights meaning that the next version of Ring Clock can be fully environmentally friendly.

Specification of prototype:

Ring body material 316L surgical stainless steel (allergy free)
Light source 144 energy safe ultrathin mono-color LED
Light color blue or orange LED (optional)
Lighting time displays for 1 minute after the rotation of the ring
Battery specs 6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery
Running time 1 week with normal use (15 times activation per day) or 2 hours constant use
Battery lifetime 3 years (battery is not replacable update: battery replacement service, see F.A.Q. below)
Charger Qi wireless power charger pad (with universal 110-240 AC DC USB charger)
Charging time max. 2 hours
Time setting by the setting buttons on the Qi charger pad
Resistance Water (see above)

Ring Clock dimensions:

Width 14 mm (0.551 in)
Thickness 3-3.5 mm (0.118-0.134 in)
Size (inside diameter) 15,7-23,8mm (0.618-0.938 in)

About

The story so far by Gusztav

It started with a challenge 2 years ago at CGSociety.org named Moving Innovation. The idea was to create visualisation for a product that cannot exist today, but could exist 10 years from now. I wanted to create something that is innovative, good to look at and can actually be useful. I never wore a watch on my wrist because I don't like the feeling, but I like watches in general, so I used that opportunity to let my mind come up with something that I could wear, the Ring Clock.

Team:

We set up an international team for this project and established a UK limited company. The communication all carried out from the UK, whilst the engineering and production planning are in Hungary.

Mark Blaircommunication, marketing, contributors liaison (UK)
Gusztav Szikszaidesign, animation, programming (Hungary)
Sandor Somos project management (Hungary) - linkedin profile
Csaba Albert electrical engineering (Hungary)
Janos Mendler mechanical engineering (Hungary)
The production will be implemented by carefully selected third party suppliers.
(Our Laser microprocessing partner is Exasol Ltd.)

Company:

RingClock Ltd. 30 Worthing Road, Horsham RH12 1SL http://www.ringclock.net

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Battery Life / What happens to the ring once the battery has reached the end of its lifetime (expected to be 3 years)?

    Many of you were asking questions about whether we could replace the battery and we have worked hard in the last few days to provide you with a solution. Our battery is a non-standard size battery due to the fact that there is no standard size to fit within a ring and we need to keep the water resistance. This means that you cannot replace it at home so we are proud to be able to offer you a battery replacement service.

    After the battery has died, you can send us your Ring Clock and we will replace the battery (because we will use removable resin around the battery). The planned fee of the battery replacement service is around $25. For the full costs, you have to allow the cost of shipping this item to us (around $15) and we will charge you to send the ring back to you ($15) so realistically the expected cost of battery replacement with shipping cost is around $55.

  2. Water Resistant / Can I wash my hands wearing it or do I have to remove it prior to washing my hands?

    We are currently researching what would be the best solution and have been in communication with a resin and nanotechnology specialist to find out about the current technology. As you will appreciate however we have to test this before we make big promises although we are hoping that it will be WR 100M (Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkelling, sailing and water sports - wiki) although of course we cannot promise this high level WR at this moment in time.

  3. Warranty / What is the warranty period and how will it be handled for international customers?

    The warranty offered for Ring Clock is 1 year. It is expected that the customer will send back the ring clock to us at their own expense, we will review it and if it is not abnormal usage then it will be replaced and it will be delivered free of charge. The warranty is not applicable to cases other than defects in material, design and workmanship.

  4. Ring size and colour / When will you need my ringsize and colour?

    Once the campaign has been successful we will contact you in November 2013 to ask you for your ring size and LED colour choice. We will also send you emails about important events, and we also plan to upgrade our site where you will have a private account (we will send you details on e-mail) and you can add your ring size, colour and change your address if it needs to be changed.

  5. Shipping cost / I just funded this, and I forgot to add 15$ shipping, what should I do?

    The shipping cost is needed only for Indiegogo contributors, for preorders we give free international shipping.

    Contribute a further $15 with the same e-mail address so we know it is your shipping cost.

  6. Ring Clock function / Are Hours, Minutes and Seconds able to rotate independently of each other or They are on the same ring?

    The hours, minutes and seconds are on the same outer ring. The inner ring is the one that is in contact with your finger. The outer ring rotation activates the LED's and you can see the time around the ring. Sometimes you see the hours and minutes close to each other (e.g. 13:30) and sometimes you will have to rotate more, because the hour and minute are far away from each other (e.g. 13:55).

    The original concept and design from 2011 was that the hours, minutes and seconds would be on separate rings, they rotate individually and automatically however this has proved impossible to manufacture at this moment in time.

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