Startup: NFC Ring Reviewed

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 24, 2013

An eccentric startup wants to empower your fistbumps with information. If the NFC Ring takes off, knocking knuckles will not only swap contact information, but it may also unlock your doors, pay your busfares, and turn on your smartphone, all in a secure fashion. A successful Kickstarter campaign suggests people love the idea, but should you? We answer that question in this note.

The Ring of Power

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Comments (3)

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