Ringo smart ring Kickstarter campaign has been suspended

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Kickstarter has discontinued the Ringo campaign and started returning the pledges to the backers.

To remind, the crowdfunding campaign for this smart ring was launched about a month ago. Ringo and its advanced counterpart, Ringo Pro, stood out for their ambitious attempt to marry health monitoring with media control and personal management in an impressively compact design.

A backer of the project has posted on social media the following letter. It seems Kickstarter did some digging around and found the company behind Ringo was misrepresenting themselves. So they suspended the project.

Ringo discontinued

What was Ringo all about?

According to the original Kickstarter page, Ringo and Ringo Pro sounded promising. Perhaps a bit too good to be true.

The duo was supposed to be fashioned with an eye for elegance and a focus on user comfort. Ringo’s has an ultra-slim profile at just 2.11mm thick and weighing only 4.2g, alongside Ringo Pro’s slightly heftier build at 2.5mm thickness and 6.6g weight. Despite their lightweight, the rings are built to last with a 5 ATM water resistance rating and a battery life of up to 7 days.

Ringo Smart Ring

The page went on to say that both models are equipped with a suite of health tracking features. This includes recovery status, heart rate, HRV (heart rate variability), blood oxygen, body temperature, and sleep monitoring. They also keep tabs on daily activities and exercise, providing a holistic assessment of the wearer’s health and fitness. So far this is pretty standard stuff.

However, unique to the Ringo Pro were supposed to be its ECG capabilities. Coupled with this there’s a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis sensor – which tracks body hydration (total body water) and body fat. This pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in such a compact wearable. At least, that was the promise.

Smart touch control across both devices offers a convenient way to interact with smartphones, enabling users to manage media playback, receive reminders, and even track key events without needing to reach for their devices. This feature underscores the blend of health management with the practical utility of staying connected and in control.

Ringo smart ring

The innovation of Ringo and Ringo Pro

The claims surrounding Ringo and Ringo Pro were bold, especially in a market where no other company has successfully integrated such advanced health monitoring features into a ring.

The ability to track ECG and body hydration in the Ringo Pro, alongside body fat analysis, would have set a high bar for innovation within the wearable technology space. At the moment, there are no smart rings with these abilities.

Kickstarter is a platform where creators can share their innovative ideas with a community that’s eager to support them. However, it’s important to remember that backing a project on Kickstarter does not guarantee that it will be delivered or work exactly as planned. This gap between expectations and reality is pretty common in tech crowdfunding, so there’s always risk involved.

However, it is rare that Kickstarter campaigns are cancelled by the platform. So the company must have found something very suspect about the outfit behind the ring. The crowdfunding campaign raised more than $100,000, and this money will now be going back to the original backers.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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