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Japanese smartring shipping next year

Smartwatches might be the most popular wearables right now, but that hasn't stopped Japanese startup 16Lab from making a sensor-equipped smartring.

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Japanese smartring shipping next year

Smartwatches might be the most popular wearables right now, but that hasn't stopped Japanese startup 16Lab from making a sensor-equipped smartring. The prototype, which doesn't yet have a name will be available for preorder later this year.

Ko Kijima
CEO, 16 Lab
We are providing four major functions. Number one gesture controller, number two alert function, number three contactless key and e-wallet function.

The ring includes a touch sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer. It has BlueTooth and NFC, which will allow it to work as a key to unlock smartphones. It's also waterproof.

During a demonstration at Ceatec outside Tokyo, a user was able to wave his hand to access specific functions on a tablet, like taking a picture or controlling music tracks.

The ring will start shipping in the 2nd quarter of 2015 in 8 countries including the US, Canada, parts of Europe and Japan. When ordering, users will need to specify a ring size, because unlike smartwatches, the smart ring isn't adjustable.

At Ceatec 2014 in Chiba, Japan, Nick Barber, IDG News Service.