One Token Ring to Authenticate Them All

Token ring will let you unlock your car, buy things and unlock laptop

A company called Token is launching its first product today: the Token Ring. It’s a fingerprint-sensing ring that’s designed to unlock and authenticate everything, including your car, house, and computer. The ring is NFC- and Bluetooth-compatible so it can work as a payment device or as a ticket for various transit systems. Most of that functionality is still to come, and in certain cases, requires additional hardware.

The ring itself is available in six sizes and includes a battery that could last up to six weeks. It charges through inductive charging and can be programmed with gesture controls. The hardware itself isn’t all that interesting. It’s more the idea of what it could theoretically be used for that’s intriguing.

To get the device to be an all-in-one solution, Token has to rely on partnerships. So far, it’s working with Mastercard, Microsoft, and Visa to make PC unlocking and payments possible. Keep in mind that paying through this ring is separate from Android Pay or Apple Pay. You’ll have to manually add cards through its companion iOS / Android app, and those cards have to either be a Visa or Mastercard. Microsoft is working with Token so that Windows 10 users can unlock their computer through the ring.

Read more at The Verge.

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