Will the invention of the Ring Clock lead to more innovative ways to tell the time?

Just when you thought you had seen it all in the world of Watches, has Hungarian designer Gustav Szikszai come along with a new invention that could threaten the popularity of the wrist watch?

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With everyone in the industry, including the WatcHub team eagerly focusing on the imminent launch of the new Smart watches, Szikszai has created a device that can tell the time without having to wear anything on your wrist.

The idea was formed because Szikszai did not like the sensation of wearing something on his lower arm; so he invented the Ring Clock, which is set to go on sale in early 2014, as an alternative to the traditional watch.

Made with stainless steel, the Ring Clock features three rotating bands, with each individual band displaying the hours, minutes and seconds. The innovative Ring Clock works when the wearer twists the bands on the ring, displaying the time for just a minute using LED lights in fetching blue or orange.  Costing £135.00 the Ring Clock is an affordable purchase and measuring in at just 3mm wide, it is narrower than the average wedding band and can be custom-made to fit any size finger.

The device is currently charged by placing the ring on a wireless mat, but Szikszai hopes to power future versions using kinetic (movement) energy, giving the Ring Clock the added bonus of being eco-friendly.   Whether the technology to power the ring with kinetic energy will be available in the near future remains to be seen.

So should manufacturers of wrist watches be worried? Well maybe not just yet. Although innovative in the way the time is displayed, rings displaying the time with a small analogue watch face have been on the market for some time with limited success.

The Ring Clock does show, that inventors are willing to push the conventional boundaries for telling the time, meaning that colleagues in the wrist watch industry must not rest on their laurels.

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