Japan’s 16Lab unveils ring-type wearable computing device


This is a guest post authored by “Tex” Pomeroy. He is a Tokyo-based writer specializing in ICT and high technology.


16Lab, a Japanese device and software producer, unveiled its Ozon ring-type wearable computing device, in advance to the CEATEC exhibition opening tomorrow. It is looking to cooperate with several companies in producing applications using the device; the first shipments will be sold as developer kits in response to pre-orders.

Alps Electric (TSE:6770), for one, will display the device at its booth for use as a “virtual key” that can lock/unlock doors and such based upon a “signet gesture” (remember Power Rangers, whose members upon appearance offer their unique gestures? Now, think of doing this albeit just with hand movements in front of one’s door, to gain access).

The device, 30% slimmer and having a wireless power supply for utilization of the ultra-low power item than the prototype announced last year, has an extremely high-precision gesture controller, which enables capture of user movements in three dimensions. Ozon is equipped with payment function as well.

The ring’s inner portion is made of machined titanium to ensure there are no allergic reactions, while being designed by Chief Design Officer Manabu Tago (MTDO Inc.). It is to be marketed in over half a dozen countries to start. The company also announced that it foresees Toyota Motor and Yamaha engineers to develop further applications.

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