Vote: Are Finger Phones the Next Big Thing?

By Abbey Tiderman 10.23.2016 blog

Your phone rings. One problem—it’s buried deep in your backpack. And by the time you finally manage to fish it out, you’ve missed your call. Sound familiar? Sure, snapping and texting may be your preferred method of communication, but once in a while, you do actually need to pick up your smart phone and speak, right? SGNL’s new smart strap may be just the thing, putting your next call at your fingertips.

The smart strap can be worn on its own, or it can replace the strap on your regular old watch or smart watch. It uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your smart phone (nestled in the depths of your bag!) and when someone calls, the smart strap picks up the signal. Simply raise your arm to answer, and the signal is transmitted from the strap on your wrist up to your finger at your ear where it blocks out background noise for call clarity.

“It translates the sound into a vibration so that it can pass through your hand and then through your finger all the way up to your ear. So then it hits the air in your ear and it becomes a sound again,” says Han Nryu, one of the device’s developers at Innomdle Lab, based in South Korea.

We can’t quite put our finger on it, but with well over a million dollars raised on KickStarter, and over 8,000 backers, looks like wearable phone technology is onto something. Would you use your finger to phone home?

Vote and tell us what you think — you can even submit video comments to nbt@channelone.com. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

comments

  1. PAige

    No. Its unrealistic

  2. Tommy

    I think finger phones are the next big thing because I hate holding my phone up to my ear. It would be so much easier to just touch it.

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