New startup Ringly seeks to help solve a problem that many busy women have: missing important phone calls, texts or notifications because they cannot hear their phone go off in their purse, or find the phone quickly enough to get to it. Personally, I’ve run into this problem several times.
Ringly’s solution looks like an ordinary fashionable ring, but is actually a high-tech smart ring that can notify users of incoming messages, notifications, phone calls, and more.
The Ringly app will support iOS and Android devices at launch and pair with the Ringly hardware over Bluetooth LE. Through the app you can customize the light and vibration patterns for different kinds of notifications. The ring can notify you when you are receiving a text, phone call, calendar alert, email, or third-party notification, and can even alert you if you leave your phone behind.
The ring’s battery lasts for three days on a full charge. The ring itself is made out of 18 karat gold with semi-precious stones available in black onyx, emerald, pink sapphire, and rainbow moonstone.
Ringly co-founder and CEO Christina Mercando said, “Our goal is to create products that are both stylish and useful, that women will be proud to wear. We believe that the future of wearables is in building discreet technology that integrates seamlessly into your life and makes your day-to-day easier. The more I use my Ringly, the more it’s like a personal assistant telling me what to do – plus there’s something so fun about having my jewelry talk to me!”
Today, Ringly is launching its pre-sales campaign with early bird pricing at $145 for the ring. It will be available in sizes 6, 7 and 8. Ringly is made up of eBay, Etsy, and FIT alums and have received funding from First Round Capital, Andreessen-Horowitz and PCH.