Tool Time: Cool Jewelry Gadgets, September–October 2016

WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE NFC Ring Now you can pay for your morning coffee with a gentle, Jedi-like wave of your hand. The NFC Ring is billed as the first-ever payment-enabled ring, and allows wearers to pay for goods and services using NFC (near field communication)—the same contactless payment technology used by Apple Pay. The brand, which was funded on Kickstarter with buy-ins from investors including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, partnered with Visa on the device. And Visa, a longtime Olympic sponsor, beta-tested the wearable on 45 Olympic hopefuls this past summer.  What We Liked: The robotic styling of the NFC Ring feels chic in a minimal way—a refreshing change from the glut of smart rubbery bands and cocktail rings on the market. The ceramic shank was originally created to operate under precious-metal ring designs. But we’re digging its Ex Machina vibe as is.&nb

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