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Use this smart ring to unlock doors and make payments
The Token Ring: "One ring to access everything"
Jane Wise
By Jane Wise
Jan 24, 2018

With everything is becoming smarter around our life, we now have a smart RING that lets us leave pocket-full of cards and keys at home yet still be able to make payment and obtain access.

It is called the Token Ring , invented by Melanie and Steve Shapiro in 2016 to "give you control of your identity". Our day often runs to a total standstill when we forget a credit card, key or password. Token pretty much solves all the problems without compromising convenience.


By pairing Token to the Token app on your smartphone, the sleek metal ring is able to add and store your card information inside. User authentication is carried out by its fingerprint scanner on the inside of the ring prior to wearing or using it. So nobody but only you can use the ring. When the ring is removed from the finger, a built-in optical sensor will detect the action and automatically lock all the stored credentials to prevent third party use.

And when you need to make a payment, access a building, get on a transit or  access your car, just tap the ring over the scanner. The Token Ring is NFC (near field communication) and Bluetooth compatible and only work with scanners of with the same capabilities. You do need to pay extra to get a customized deadbolt for your home door and specially made car plug to access personal vehicle (around $150 all together). Other than that, Token's growing worldwide partnerships  ensure a promising and more ubiquitous applications in the future. As for now, you will be able to achieve the following with the Token Ring:


  • Information security with the two-factor authentication
  • An alternative ID for workplace access
  • Contactless payment
  • Home/personal vehicle access with specially ordered hardware
  • Alternative to transit tickets (only available in cities with contactless ticketing)
  • Unlocking computers


In addition, this Token Ring is waterproof up to 50 meters and able to run 6 weeks straight on a single charge. It retails for $249 and is available in 7 sizes. As the pre-orders have been sold out, interested individuals can go to the website to join waitlist for the next available shipments.



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