Tech companies clearly can’t decide which is better: reallllly big devices or itty-bitty ones. No medium sized screens allowed. It’s like the two-purse trendof the tech world. You have your huge carry-all-sized iPhone, plus your too-tiny-to-be-especially-functional mini bag-sized Apple Watch—neither of which are exactly right for what you need. But that doesn’t stop us from toting around our favorite Saint Laurent satchel with a chic Fendi Micro Peekaboo dangling from the strap, and clearly Apple execs can’t help themselves either.
That is to say, a new wearable tech device is allegedly in the works that’s even smaller and more accessory than the Apple Watch.
According to The Verge, Apple has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a digital smart ring. Similar to the Apple Watch, the ring would feature a touchscreen element and operate in conjunction with a larger device like an iPhone or iPad. How it would be distinctive apart from being smaller remains to be seen, as does any real explanation of how/why we’d use it.
As Apple describes it, “[Current devices] may be cumbersome, inconvenient, or inefficient for certain tasks and applications… A need therefore exists for a more discreet, safer, more efficient, or more ergonomic way to interact with touch pads or touch screens.”
Interesting use of the word ‘need’ there, Apple. We’ll be the judge of that.