An Icelandic music tech company, Genki Instruments, has developed the Wave for Work ring that allows the users to control Zoom and other video conferencing software as well as apps on their PC or Mac by just pressing a button on the smart ring.
The ring isn’t the first gesture-based MIDI controller; it was already available for users in the music industry that wanted to improve their productivity, now it has been reworked for office workers.
Wave for Work is based on the same technology as the company’s existing Wave smart ring, released in 2018. The new smart ring uses the exact same hardware but is aimed more at controlling applications such as Zoom, Skype, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams, Keynote, and various other programs. The ring can also be used for music-related tasks, such as playing, pausing, skipping songs, and adjusting the volume on apps like Spotify and YouTube Music.
The smart ring features three buttons and a small LED display on the top that provides users with feedback on their gestures. Each of the buttons, which are easily pushed by the thumb, can likewise be assigned to a function. Among the other things, the Wave for Work ring could be used to mute one’s microphone or manage cameras during video conferences, to start and run slide shows, or to launch programs – all while the wearer moves about the room. It’s kind of gimmicky, but handy if you’re not next to your computer and want to turn it down for a moment.
There are also video calls, presentation, and music modes that users can switch to control all the different applications on their computers. There is even a custom mode that can be configured whenever you want. To switch modes directly from the smart ring, users can press and hold the up or down button on Genki Wave for Work.
It comes with an app that shows you what each of the three buttons as well as the rotation gesture do. The connection between the computer and the ring is implemented via Bluetooth.
The Genki Wave for Work lasts eight hours on a full charge, and the device has an operating range of up to 10 meters. It is compatible with macOS and Windows 10 operating systems and is also adjustable and fits fingers of all sizes. Genki recommends wearing the ring on your index finger with its head to the side rather than straight up like a regular piece of jewelry. Thus, each button is within reach of your thumb.
While the Genki Wave for Work will soon cost $149, the company is currently running a launch promotion where you can pick one up for just $9Genki Instruments has developed the Wave for Work ring that allows the users to control Zoom and other similar software on their PC by just pressing a button on the smart ring.