Cruising through my Facebook feed the other day, I found this sponsored post nestled between my women’s cycling group post about vehicle safety and a college bestie’s status update:
Don’t get me wrong … I find new tech exciting and a lot of it blows my mind, like Tesla’s electric car technology and 3D-printed prosthetic limbs. But a ring that tells me, via lights and vibrations, that I have a text message?
No. No thank you.
Now, before I got too steeped in curmudgeoness, I decided to look up Ringly, check out the wearable’s website — which is rather pretty — and read a few articles to better understand the device.
The video … well, first, a lady prancing rather carefree doesn’t help sell this to me. If she’s so carefree, then couldn’t she handle picking up her phone to read notifications (or just ignore them)? What about the rest of us, juggling work and personal emails, social media notifications, phone calls from our mothers, etc., while still functioning in the offline world?
Then the opening line kills it for me: “With Ringly, you can live freely while staying connected to the things that matter most.”
I have SO many problems with this. People need to stop subscribing to this #firstworldproblem that we HAVE to be tethered to our phones. Are many of us? Yes. The solution? Put it down. Turn it off. You don’t need MORE solutions beyond that.
In other words, I strongly feel I don’t need to spend $195 for a heavy “smart” ring that will only last three years (you can’t replace the battery) to live freely. Maybe this makes me a bad millennial, or bad techie, but I just can’t do it.
Reading a review of Ringly on Tech Insider, the ring the reviewer received was described as bulky, with one coworker telling her it looked like “a toy that you might find in a gumball machine for 50 cents.” Another article from TechCrunch explained how, unlike the AppleWatch or Pebble, Ringly only notifies you — it doesn’t let you take action.
I understand that the team from Ringly is trying to stake its claim on the wearable-as-classy-jewelry market. But it failed on the classy jewelry side, and to be honest, it has me wondering if they really asked themselves the most important question: “Why?” Why are we doing this?
A bulky, vibrating, lighting-up piece of jewelry that is possibly more distracting than having your phone out? Is this a piece of wearable technology that is really necessary?
You tell me. Leave me a comment below!