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Apr
Whipsaw Nod Ring

Before the end of this year, the Nod ring may just offer perhaps the sleekest way yet to control your Android devices, smart TV, computer, and other devices using the Force - ahem, Bluetooth. Just by sliding this gadget onto a finger, users should be able to replicate swipes and mouse movements with a wave of the hand.

Prior products haven't really nailed this type of interaction in a way that's really usable in a practical sense. Whether Nod will perform any better remains to be seen. It's available for pre-order at a price of $149.99 starting today, with the final product eventually shipping out this fall.

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Worst case scenario, you walk away with a futuristic-looking ring. Best case, the PreCrime division may finally be able to hire someone else who knows how to work their computers.

Whipsaw introduces Nod, a groundbreaking gesture control ring
Highly integrated design and technology best describe this stunning new Whipsaw release

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whipsaw Inc., the Silicon Valley-based Industrial Design and Engineering firm that creates innovative products for companies around the globe, joins Nod Labs in announcing Nod - the most advanced gesture control device to date. Stylish, light and versatile, Nod is unique in the world of functional, wearable tech. It's an always-on ring that serves as a universal controller to the many smart devices in your connected life including smartphones, tablets, Google Glass, smartwatches, home appliances, smart TVs, computers and more. Simply wear Nod on your finger, point and gesture naturally, and watch as your devices magically react to your subtle movements.

"Nod's magic lies at the nexus of gesture, design and technology," said Dan Harden, CEO of Whipsaw, Nod Labs' industrial design and engineering partner.

With no need to learn unfamiliar motions or intricate gestures, using the Nod is intuitive and natural. The Bluetooth-enabled ring responds to the simple movements you make: rotate your hand to adjust the temperature on your smart thermostat, point to turn your television on, change channels, adjust the volume, and glide across Nod's gestural keyboard to search for your favorite show.

"There has always been a computing revolution around new input methods – the keyboard, the mouse or the touchscreen, are good examples," said Anush Elangovan, CEO and Founder of Nod Labs. "We are at the cusp of the next such revolution around input – touchless interaction with Nod. The human body becomes the input to connect directly with connected devices in your environment."

Nod is available for limited pre-sale starting today at www.hellonod.com for $149.00 USD. Orders will begin shipping in Fall 2014.

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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.

  • ProductFRED

    ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS?!

    • someone755

      THAT MEANS LIKE 200€ FOR US IN EUROPE. DAMN.

      • ProductFRED

        SORRY, I LEFT CAPSLOCK ON.

        MEANT TO USE SHIFT.

        • someone755

          THAT'S OKAY I LIKE CAPS TOO.
          AND I NEVER USE THE CAPS LOCK KEY LOL.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        No its more like 100 euro.

        • someone755

          Yeah the conversion says 100 euro. The people that sell shit here add taxes and I don't know what else to get it to 200.
          Take phones, for example: Nexus 5 costs 400 dollars, my price is 500 euros.

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            I see now. Sucks to suck!
            I'm just kidding that's pretty harsh.

  • shamatuu

    price is asking too much should be 100 to grab attention. Steep price for a novice idea and looks really weird for doing it. your hands will be too tired since you have to hold your hand up the entire to do anything.

    • Jeff Kang

      At $149, you’re $50 above Leap Motion territory. Also, the Leap Motion doesn’t have something that you have to wear. Even then, the Leap Motion is not being adopted as quickly as they thought.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        I have a Leap Motion. It's sat on my desk unused after my second day with it.

    • Jeff Kang

      "your hands will be too tired since you have to hold your hand up the entire to do anything"

      A lot of the gesture devices try to do everything themselves, but it might be better if they were used in conjunction with other input methods.

      I like the idea of something like the Nod for zooming. One way of zooming in map software is to reach for your mouse, move the cursor to the spot that you want to zoom, and then continuously move the scroll wheel. Another way would be to just look at your target (eye tracker), and then do a quick air pinch zoom gesture.

  • ithehappy

    Planet Earth is getting filled up with Psychopaths!

  • Nicholas Polydor

    The IK Multimedia iRing is far more limited - it only works on iOS devices and on a small selection of music production apps - but it is only $25:

    http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iring/

  • ddpacino

    Not paying $150 on a ring without Diamonds, bro!

    • WhoaManWtF

      That is the only kind of ring you'd be getting for 150 anyways, diamonds are a bit more expensive then you think.

  • Matthew Fry

    I just want to use this as a platform to say my Mycestro is on its way to my door!

    • slurivariv

      Had mine for a while. :P I wonder if this will behave better than Mycestro, though...

      • Matthew Fry

        Noooooo! Tell me! What's wrong with it? Wait. Don't tell me. TELL ME.

  • Mikeb3ll

    So say someone buys this and decides to fap.... will the video just stutter and be in a constant state of rewind and fast forward?

    • John Smith

      zoom forward... zoom back. That might be a really good effect for a scene where the camera zooms in on your favorite body-part.

  • Patryk
  • MeCampbell30

    The control looks a little janky. I'm curious what they are using for sensors.
    You really need something that has Kinnect-like motion tracking if you're gonna ask for $150.

  • JG

    Surprised no one has gone this route yet...

    We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious....

  • black

    The dude in the ad is barely able to use it, and I'd bet he's had thousands of hours of practice. Looks to me the product is being pushed to the market before it's mature enough.

  • Me

    Sorry but this looks bloody awful! Any normal hand would fall asleep after 10 minutes of being in the air, and the whole concept doesn't seem that much fun!

  • Zimmerman

    Are we being trolled by these new start-ups? lol. I will piss in anyone's cereal if they pay more than $20 for this novelty item that barely works right. Why not just use your phone to to the same thing?

  • Deeco

    Pointless tech.

  • John Smith

    In the ad, the dude was looking for Mew.

  • Bradrick
  • Richard Borlaza

    Just think of all the people that will lose this the first day they get it. LOL

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