Menu
With a touch, this NFC ring can share your profile or health info

With a touch, this NFC ring can share your profile or health info

As a medical ID, the Keydex NFC Ring would make smartphones link to critical health information

The Keydex NFC Ring from Union Genius Computer, displayed at Computex 2015 in Taipei June 4, can transmit a user's profile information to smartphones via NFC. It can also be used to unlock phones, link to medical data and make electronic payments.

The Keydex NFC Ring from Union Genius Computer, displayed at Computex 2015 in Taipei June 4, can transmit a user's profile information to smartphones via NFC. It can also be used to unlock phones, link to medical data and make electronic payments.

If you've passed out from a health condition, you'll be pleased if you're wearing an NFC ring that can help first responders link to critical medical information -- simply by touching it to a smartphone.

That's one of the functions of the Keydex NFC Ring being exhibited at Computex 2015 in Taipei this week.

The accessory houses an NFC module that can also be used to instantly unlock a smart door lock or a smartphone, eliminating the need to tap in one's PIN.

It's made of lightweight, sturdy ceramic that's waterproof to a depth of 30 meters and comes in a variety of colors and designs such as flowers, geometric patterns and medical red crosses.

It could also be used to exchange profiles, like a digital version of a business card, as well as social media information such as Twitter handles and blog URLs. Additional functions include authorizing payments at shops and on public transit.

The NFC module's memory capacity is limited to 132 bytes, so only basic text data can be stored. For the medical alert function, the ring would transmit an Internet address containing health information so that a responder could see it on a regular browser. While that could pose a privacy risk, the ring has to be within 2 cm of another NFC device to work.

At a demo in the Taipei World Trade Center, local maker Union Genius Computer showed how bringing the ring close to the NFC module on an Android smartphone immediately displayed profile data on the device, and prompted the user to save it in a preferred location.

Users must first download an app from Google Play, touch their smartphone with the ring to activate the NFC module and then register their information.

The Keydex NFC Ring is available on Amazon.com for US$24.99.

Tim Hornyak covers Japan and emerging technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Tim on Twitter at @robotopia.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags computexconsumer electronicsUnion Genius Computer

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments