GalaRing, some thoughts and opinions


  • NFC Ring Team

    Hey Ricky, thanks for sharing your thoughts, it's great we can have conversations like this in the public domain.

    1. Glad you accept your ring isn't titanium, perhaps your marketing should reflect this? In the EU and US you should probably recall your products as you have accepted they violated the Sales of Goods act. :(

    2. Sorry but your ring isn't waterproof. If you want I can prove that your ring isn't waterproof? I know 100% it isn't because the smartrac midas isn't itself a waterproof unit and the water can easily penetrate your "leather". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

    3. It's worth letting everyone know we(Both McLear Ltd and Galagreat) aren't being aggressive on our patent(s), that means we can work together to improve our products. I did ask Ricky to share some evidence of his creation that is in the public domain to back up his claims that he had his design completed before we launched on Kickstarter but he was unable to provide this so I think we're all still skeptical, should I see this evidence I will be very happy to change my opinion. All that being said though it doesn't even really matter because we're all being cool about it :)

    4. The main issue we have is confusing customers, we have had Galagreat customers email us saying they have "bought one of our rings", we have had to let them know they haven't bought one of our products. We're also concerned about if the GalaRing is what it says it is, which it isn't, it isn't an "NFC Ring", it isn't tuned to 13.56Mhz, it isn't titanium and it isn't waterproof. These issues will lead to a poor customer experience which ultimately will hurt consumers, we want everyone to win here and hopefully Galaring can resolve those 4 major issues and everyone wins!

    Also Ricky what's with the inlays not being on opposite sides! Is that intentional?!



  • @johnyma22

    It's worth letting everyone know we(Both McLear Ltd and Galagreat) aren't being aggressive on our patent(s), that means we can work together to improve our products. I did ask Ricky to share some evidence of his creation that is in the public domain to back up his claims that he had his design completed before we launched on Kickstarter but he was unable to provide this so I think we're all still skeptical, should I see this evidence I will be very happy to change my opinion. All that being said though it doesn't even really matter because we're all being cool about it :)

    Respect for this! :D

    And as you say, lets all just work together and make stuff better ;)



  • I grabbed a Galaring more because I decided I wanted one and it was the only one I found released, than for any aesthetic/pricing reason. By and large I'd have to say John is spot on. No idea what it's made of - I assumed steel before buying it, as titanium seemed a bit far fetched. Certainly wearing it does create effects like he mentioned.

    Also after some wear mine has micro scratches all over the metal, which I'm not sure whether titanium would exhibit. I ordered the biggest (not many options), figuring it would be a better gamble. It is a bit loose on my pinky finger, fits snugly on the next finger, and is too small for the other 2 fingers.

    The main sad thing is that it's readability is very lacking. My Nexus 4 has a cheap rubber/plastic cover, and while many other NFC things have been easily readable through it (stickers, etc), the Galaring is only readable if the phone is naked.

    What's the approximate ETA/cost on the NFC ring, and does it have stronger signal than the Galaring? I'd have considered $50 to be still worth it, had I known there would have been a better alternative coming out in the next couple of weeks.


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  • NFC Ring Team

    "I ordered the biggest (not many options), figuring it would be a better gamble. It is a bit loose on my pinky finger, " <-- You sir need an alpha NFC Ring if the largest only just fits your pink!



  • Indeed, I do have fat fingers :P stubby also tho, and you never forget you're wearing the Galaring, given it's massive depth. Hopefully yours is a more normal ring depth. Hey also, would be cool in a black steel look (though plain silver works too)



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  • Can I order a ring yet? The site says it's still at preorders, however the kickstarter page says for £22 or so can get a ring, due to be delivered (from?) Sept 2013?


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    Hey Ben, yeah the classic and alpha rings are both way more comfortable than the GalaRings -- Did you get on the mailing list? We're gonna be taking pre-orders soon so get wallet prepared to throw it at the screen ;)



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  • NFC Ring Team

    Review of the Galaring .. [url:29bezopb]http://techday.com/reviews/review-galaring-g1-nfc-ring/[/url:29bezopb]

    "Nope, this thing, to put it bluntly, is a piece of crap. I tried it with both an LG G2 and an Asus Nexus 7, I could read and write (barely) with the Nexus 7 to one chip but it was frustration trying to get it to be read and after a while I just gave up."

    Ouch ;\ Ricky you might wanna jump on this review and comment to see if you can help the author use your product.


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    It burns...

    That was a rather scathing review!



  • Hi guys, you might want to have a look at this new ring... looks like we'll be seeing more products like your nfcring John.

    First ring link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Android-Wearing-Extremely-Intelligent-Control/dp/B00LN15X8Y

    Second ring link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Titanium-available-Android-system-mobiles/dp/B00N3I291O/ref=pd_sim_sbs_cps_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=09ECYV5F67R8753PE8H1

    They are strangely represented like the galaring, reason I posted it her.


  • NFC Ring Team

    @Henry Yea we're familiar w/ them Henry.

    We have offered to give them free license of our patent but they have refused so they do violate our patent :(

    We're not too worried about them copying us, it's clear they are years behind our R&D. We just wish they would innovate a bit more instead of attempting to copying each design aspect and doing it poorly :|


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    @johnyma22 said:

    We have offered to give them free license of our patent but they have refused

    WOW, that's really stupid... seems like they want to have a bad cheap product.