20
Feb
Fin-Thumb

Thanks to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, there's no shortage of quirky (read: gimmicky) wearable products to throw money at. I won't pretend to understand what makes a product appealing to people, but at last I'm not the only one here at Android Police who has been baffled by some of the projects that have found crowdfunding success. So with this confidence-inducing introduction out of the way, I present to you Fin, a Bluetooth ring with gesture support that looks to be just shy of practical.

Here, let me explain myself. If you haven't yet watched the video above, here's the opening:

"You know, we've always been using our hands and fingers, for counting, taking notes, and various other stuff. Technology expanded and we started using gadgets. People always say that everything is at our fingertips, but it was never so. Not until now. Not until Fin."

That sounds great, right? The only problem is, this claim is the exact opposite of what Fin actually does. The ring's entire purpose is to replace the products that you would actually poke with your fingertips and instead empower you to swipe at thin air instead. Everything isn't at our finger tips with Fin - nothing is. The ring even goes around the base of your thumb for crying out loud.

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People want to be able to use devices without actually touching them. Or, at least, companies seem to think we do. Microsoft is happy to push the Kinect, but despite how cool the technology is, I've never sat down at an Xbox and not wanted to hold the controller. Likewise, if the smartphone's already in my hand, I might as well touch it. I already am touching it, after all. (I'm beginning to doubt that there are enough italics in the world for me to finish this post.)

Sure, there are other uses for Fin, but I can't say they're particularly compelling. Heck, I'm not even sure most of them make sense.

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Okay, I'm done, so let's cut to the chase. $105 will get you a Fin. Factor in another $10 if you live in the US or Asia, but expect to pay $20 if you live anywhere else. And when it arrives sometime in September, please, please write up a blog post about how you managed to use this more than twice before forgetting it in a drawer somewhere.

Fin : Wearable Ring Make your Palm as Numeric Keypad and Gesture Interface

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Eric Vaughan

    That is a killer latte that guy got.

    All kidding aside, it seems like there might be some practical uses for this. It looks a bit bulky though.

  • Nathan Borup

    lol rant... just what i was thinking when i watched the video

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    OMG WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT CHICK'S PINKY AT 0:50?!?!?

    • flosserelli

      I keep watching it over & over again just to look at her finger.

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        Did they photoshop it in the pic that is below the video?!

        • flosserelli

          I think that shot was taken right before she hyperextends.

        • Fifth313ment

          LMAO! I watched the vid just to see that finger! And why does she have to hyperextend to use something on her thumb?

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      o.O

    • http://www.timnolte.com/ Tim Nolte

      It's called being double jointed. My thumbs work like that so I would know. ;-)

    • supremekizzle

      Her pinky is all fined out.

    • EH101

      Lol she's just double jointed and there's a very strong possibility that she has dislocated it a few times. My pinky looks similar to that, perhaps a bit more extreme and I've dislocated it maybe 11 times now.

    • Em

      God, are you serious? Would you walk up to this lady and ask her what's wrong with her so fucking obnoxiously? Get over yourself dude!

      I don't agree with this article. Just watching the video and seeing the girl manipulating music while running is enough to sell me frankly. Maybe not at $105, but I can definitely see the utility. Might even be good for eventual use with Glass!

  • Sean Lumly

    It seems like it could be tremendously useful if it found the right niche. I don't expect that something like this would be universally practical though.

    Now, give me a stylish, low-profile ring that uses proximity (eg. 1 foot distance) to automatically (and safely) log someone into their phone, computer, unlocks their front-door, or car door, based on proximity, and I'll show you a bunch of willing consumers...

    • shonangreg

      Oops. Wrong placement.

  • ookees

    Actually I would like something like this to work with Google Glass so that I wouldn't have to keep my hand up to my head all the time while swiping through.

    • Lookatthemonkeys

      I was thinking the same thing. I was actually thinking this would be a good idea before I even heard of it. If you are walking around and casually want to use Google Glass this would be perfect for it since the interface if left to right. If the hardware works well this could be perfect for that. Although I really don't see much use for it other than that.

  • Christopher Bement

    Sweet Baby Jesus, please bless Maria and her horrible, horrible pinky finger.

    • nvillaco

      Seriously.... It's mangled... She must be double jointed and can break her finger on command.

  • Fifth313ment

    I don't want to say what it looks like that guy is doing in the first pic with the header, "Fin Gesture"! LOL!

    • Fifth313ment

      LOL, I just realized in the next pic he's playing with himself inside his pocket! LOL! This looks like a Saturday Night skit!

      • Fifth313ment

        This gets better and better! To share you have to hold hands with your friends! And why is everyone Indian?

        • Josh Sleeper

          Probably because it's developed by what looks to be an entirely Indian team, presumably in India.

        • Josh Sleeper

          Also, LOL!

        • primalxconvoy

          Because it was probably an Indian company that's behind it. It wouldn't surprise me that the man, child and woman in all the pics are of the same family as the people behind it.

          I doubt this product will be that good either, coming from India (their quality control is awful).

          Note: I am referring to India, not anyone ethnically or genetically Indian or Asian btw.

  • Cj

    I HATE when my finger gets in the way when browsing the web on my mobile!! /s

  • supremekizzle

    I finna not buy this thing.

  • Matthew Fry

    This is reminiscent to but much less useful than the Mycestro (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mycestro/mycestrotm-the-next-generation-3d-mouse?ref=live) which we'll be getting in like a month!

    • slurivariv

      I'm getting one too! I can't wait!

  • andy_o

    Could I request follow ups from the Police to all these Indiegogo magic rings and other products, especially the ones with "flexible funding" like this one, please? Indiegogo is ripe for scams.

  • A_Noid

    Does it at least change color when you get pissed off that it doesn't work? It could be a mood Fin, or maybe you pay a little over a fin to get a Fin! :)

  • Retsu Unohana

    "get your game on"

    umm the ring doesn't even fit the kids finger. How do photographers miss this?

  • 4laptop4

    seems like a hatred article to me....is it because androidauthority were the first ones to write about it and now you feel the grapes are sour?

  • Marcell LĂ©vai

    Also: I'm not comfortable with 6 year olds playing fps games.

    • Tjhooker

      Not saying it's good either, but it happens all too often

  • si3ge

    the implication that this thing could could be at all useful as a game controller and then show battlefield 3 (or 4?) is laughable. if you are going to make a claim like this you need to back it up somehow. just the fact that it may work as a bluetooth controller doesnt mean its marketable as such man. i mean i guess this is a "whats possible" video which is fine, but that part just about made me chortle at work.

  • shonangreg

    The device looks way to limited to be useful. How many gestures do you have to memorize to be able to use it to change songs or the temperature in your car? How do the guys on the beach scroll through their file lists to choose which one to share? How accurate is an ill-fitting ring to use in a FPS?

    This looks like a cult, or scam, the way it is being backed. It looks like a Notion Ink Adam on Ecstasy-spiked meth.

    All incomprehensible show; no practical go.

  • dude

    Most retarded product to come out thus far.

  • hocestquisumus

    Oh that finger...

    And showing a child playing a bloody shooter? Tz.

  • Travis Faulkner

    All I saw in that video is the crazy pinky. I thought for a while the product was named pin. I cant handle it. I cant even assess the thing now cause that pinky is haunting me.

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