Apple Filed A Smart Ring Patent, So The iRing Might Be On It's Way — PHOTO

The Apple family just keeps on growing. In an effort to maintain it's place at the top of the luxury tech device world, Apple filed a smart ring patent last week and that could mean that an Apple iRing might be coming soon. And just like that, the Apple Watch just went from totally revolutionary to sounding seriously dated. So, what will Apple's "ring computing device" actually do? According to Apple's patent application:

A user controls an external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source; the ring is worn on a first finger receives an input from a second finger, selects one of a plurality of touch events associated with the input, and wirelessly transmits a command associated with the touch event to the external electronic device.

Before you run out and pre-order a smart ring from Apple, it's important to know that just because they filed a patent, it does not mean the tech giant is producing these guys in time for the company's next keynote presentation. Whether it's Apple who will release the next wave of wearable technology first or not, the news still plants the seed in many techies minds that a smart ring isn't too far off. Here a couple of sketches of the supposed Apple ring:

Getting one of these will truly make for one unique engagement ring.

Of course, you don't have to wait for Apple to release one because there are smart rings and jewelry on the market that are available now:

MOTA DOI SmartRing, $200

The MOTA DOI SmartRing, which was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, puts calls, email, and social media (literally) on your fingertips.

Ringly Smart Ring, $225

Looking more like jewelry than a smart device, the Ringly Smart Ring comes in a box that also acts as a charging station. Smart chic!

Misfit Swarovski Shine, $169

This blinged-out Misfit Swarovski Shine activity tracker is both in sync with your active and stylish lifestyle.

JUNE by Netatmo, $129

Whether you're a sun worshipper or just need to be extra cautious of those harmful rays, Netatmo's JUNE bracelet is a fashionable way to keep track of UV exposure.

Bellabeat LEAF, $119

If you're looking for wearable tech that can track your breathing, stress levels, and monthly cycle, the Bellabeat LEAF offers all that in a simple yet stylish design.

Cuff, $60

The idea behind Cuff's smart jewelry line isn't just to monitor phone messages and texts, but also to send emergency alerts.

Fin Ring, SOLD OUT

Worn on the thumb, the Fin Ring lets you perform various controls, including lowering your TV volume or making a call on your smartphone. The product is currently sold out on the site, but here's hoping they produce more of these smart devices.

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