19:06 30 June 2017
The Token Ring, which is the first product made by Token, a company that specialises in biometric security, is a ring that features an optical sensor, Bluetooth, and fingerprint sensor. It can be used to pay for and unlock things basically functioning as a wallet and keychain on a ring.
The Token Ring isn’t the first wearable with such features; smartwatches can already unlock computers using two-factor authentication and many wearables have contactless payments. However, Token’s added fingerprint sensor and NFC accessories could further expand the range of its security. Token is now working with Microsoft to support the ring with Windows as well as Visa and Mastercard for contactless payments. The company is also working with FIDO Alliance partner companies to add support.
The smart ring has fingerprint sensor on the underside. If taken off, it requires a swipe before it activates again. A rainbow-coloured LED pulse shows it recognises the ID but a red flash means it was rejected. The ring costs £195 (brushed stainless steel finish) and £235 (black rhodium and 14K rose gold finishes).
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