Expectations VS reality



  • Its been a couple of weeks since I got my rings. I ended up with Black / Black instead of Black / Transparent like I though I was going to get. (this has been handled by support)

    Iv noticed the following.

    • If the colors are the same on both sides, you really need to program both sides to do the same thing, as the ring rotates a bit on your finger. I hadn't considered this but its obvious really.

    • I can unlock my phone most of the time first go, but sometimes It takes a second try, So its not 100% every time. (Nexus 5)

    • There is not enough storage to put all the data you want into a vCard. So for future products a little bit more capacity would be nice.

    • Trying to give someone your vCard through NFC, if that person doesn't use NFC on their phone every day is clumsy as you have to find the sweet spot on their phone. It doesn't really work well and is just a bit embarrassing when you cant get it to work or it takes a really long time. Iv given up on this. Its just too awkward.

    • The absolute killer feature is unlocking my front door with the ring. It feels magic :)

    • I really want to get my computers to unlock with the ring too. Thankfully there are resources on this forum to help with that. But that may require a ring with different colored sides so you know which side opens your phone and which side opens your computer. (waiting on stock to arrive to get that ring)

    • I'm actually holding off on buying a Microsoft surface Pro 3 because it doesn't have NFC. NFC has now become a mandatory feature on every future piece of tech I buy.

    • The build quality of the ring is so good that people are very surprised at what it does.

    • I would love if custom designs could become an actual product in the NFC store. With obviously higher costs and lead times to be expected.


  • Community Helper

    Good post, @jasok2. I think I agree with just about everything you've mentioned there, though I'm not qualified to comment on the Nexus 5 (I think with time you'll get used to it's little quirks and get a higher hit rate with the ring).



  • Some further thoughts.

    If in the future, the ring goes back to the original design where one of the chips is smaller than the other, that would improve usability, from the point of view that a black/black or a clear/clear ring would still be easily usable if you have different data on different sides, you would always know for example that the small one opens your door and phone whilst the big one is something less important.


  • Community Helper

    Just to interject, one of the reasons behind the inlay profile change was that the long inlay bends around the ring too much - this would make it read far far worse on your phone for instance. Similar reasoning behind the 16mm prototype inlay, because it's so small it's a far worse match between it and the NFC antenna on the phone.
    This all makes it difficult to drop back to what is essentially an earlier, more primitive and less refined version of the NFC Ring.



  • @Lokki said:

    Just to interject, one of the reasons behind the inlay profile change was that the long inlay bends around the ring too much - this would make it read far far worse on your phone for instance. Similar reasoning behind the 16mm prototype inlay, because it's so small it's a far worse match between it and the NFC antenna on the phone.
    This all makes it difficult to drop back to what is essentially an earlier, more primitive and less refined version of the NFC Ring.

    @Lokki so the size of the inlay now... in terms of the old design, is that the small one, not the big one ???

    Just curious.


  • Community Helper

    @jasok2 medium I believe.
    It's a completely different inlay design now at 6x20mm from memory. The old ones were 16mm and larger than 20. I forget how much larger and I'm not home at the moment.



  • @Lokki said:

    d larger th

    @Lokki, Thanks, no need to look it up, I was just curious.


  • Community Helper

    6x30MM was the long stainless steel tuned inlay, just for the curious among us. :-)


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