Technology

Creating Wearable Technology – Contactless Ring

By 10th January 2020 No Comments

My interest in technology, started when I was around the age young age with computers and mobile phones at the age of 9. I was fascinated with Nokia and the development and features of each model they released. I was always fascinated with devices which looked unique, like the T-mobile Sidekick Smartphone.

Growing up I explored my creativity and found designing and making jewellery as my outlet. After designing and making jewellery for several years I wanted a challenge and wanted to create jewellery which has a functionality.

At the end of 2017, I experimented with my debit card, taking out the contactless payment functionality and putting it into a ring I made. Since then I’ve been working on bringing this product into the market and branching more into the Internet of Things.

This has been such a challenge for so many reasons, one being the aesthetic design. The ring is made from metal causes interference with the tags antennas, which means the tag isn’t able to generate power to work. There are also several requirements the ring needs to meet before being approved and available to purchase.

 

This is all very new to me as I don’t have a background in tech so that has also created a lot of challenges. I’m currently working with a specialist in this field on this to get the design and technology to work in harmony in order to get the ring approved and available in the market. The journey so far has made it more than just getting the ring approved and available. It’s now about representation and taking part in shaping our future which is/will be controlled by tech.

Elaine

Elaine

Founder of QEYS, a payment wearable start-up.