This smart ring controls music + shares your favorite songs with the flick of a finger!

For music lovers, the ease of toggling through their playlist or changing the volume without much effort is a perk they’ll take any day. Wireless headphones or earbuds do have touch control buttons but you still have to lift your arm to do that. For someone who frequently changes songs or toggles the volume levels, this can be a bit of a hassle. Joel Meredith, a 22-year-old student at the University of Technology Sydney wants to radically change the way we interact with our music, making it hassle-free while being stylish.

That’s his idea for an accessory good enough to go with your style quotient and still being functional. Joel calls it the Melo Ring which sits pretty on your finger, and without even lifting your arm, you can interact with your music using touch or swipe gestures via the various sensors located all over the ring. Sharing songs with other Melo Ring users is also possible with the flick of a finger on the minimalistic piece of jewelry. Not only that one can add songs to a playlist, read out song name, or change the playlist without anyone else even noticing. Being more than just an accessory that you wear every day or probably never even take it off – turning it into something functional is the main motivation for the cool idea.

Melo Ring is one of the 3,865 entrants at the Red Bull Basement competition this year. Joel plans to create the early prototype of Melo Ring in early 2021 and tweak the design and its functions until he is finally ready to roll it out to the masses. His core idea is to have “attention less products and glanceable technology” that fits seamlessly in a user’s lifestyle just like a second skin.

Designer: Joel Meredith


Batman Engagement Ring: If Batman Ever Proposes to Catwoman

Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have been dancing around their relationship for as long as I can remember. I think it’s about time that Batman got down on one knee and asked Catwoman for her hand in marriage. Sure, there was that time when Catwoman gave up her life of crime and married Batman back in 1955, but that took place in an alternate reality on “Earth-Two,” so that doesn’t really count.

Seriously, put a ring on it, Bats. I’ve even already picked one out for you.

Among their various wares, Canadian jewelry shop Geeky Rings sells this sweet Batman-inspired engagement ring. This particular ring is made of gold with a bunch of bats flying around the band and holding up a ruby red gemstone at its center. The ring can be special ordered in other gemstone colors, as well as in white or a rose gold and silver combo, and an 18K gold version. If you’re looking for something that captures the “dark” aspect of The Dark Knight even better, they also sell a murdered-out black version.

Prices for the Batman engagement ring start around $550 and go up to $930 depending on the materials used. That’s chump change for the Wayne family, so you’ve got no excuse, Bruce.

Now, I wonder if this is the ring that Peter Parker gave Mary Jane back when they got married in the 1980s.

These fitness-tracking toe-rings are the perfect fusion of wearable tech and Indian culture

The Lexus Design Award-winning Mettis Rings are the perfect confluence of heritage and the future. Building on the cultural significance of jewelry in India, the Mettis are toe-rings that are state-of-the-art yet culturally relevant. These toe-rings come embedded with the same technology as any fitness wearable, in a package that embraces traditional values. Toe-rings are often given to women as wedding gifts in Indian lore, and are considered to have health benefits that align with Ayurvedic practices… the Mettis builds on that by introducing technology into the rings in a way that makes those health benefits more direct and appealing to younger generations.

Even though they house technology inside, the Mettis rings embrace the persona of jewelry. Built for Titan, a prominent watch and jewelry brand in the country, the rings come with a metallic finish and sit inside one of two sleek, matte black cases – for charging at home and for charging while traveling. Originally toe-rings in the Indian culture come made from silver, which absorbs positive energy from the ground you walk on. The Mettis, however, use sensors that help monitor your health. Whether you’re walking, running, exercising, or even swimming, the rings capture your body temperature and your heart-rate, working just like smartwatches and fitness wearables do. The rings actively track your location, count your steps, monitor sleep patterns, as well as help you keep track of your period cycles… all while strongly echoing the cultural relevance of toe-worn jewelry in Indian customs and traditions.

Designer: Anshuman Kumar for Titan Industries

This X-Ray Necklace Offers a Glimpse Inside Your Cat

Do you love cats? Curious to know what your kitty looks like underneath all that fur and skin? Well this necklace should do the trick, with its accurate view of feline anatomy.

Made by UK jewelry and accessory maker BirchPleaseHQ, the necklace shows off all of kitty’s skeletal structure, along with his major organs. Look closely, and you’ll see that there’s even a mouse in his stomach, well on the way towards digestion and the intestinal tract.

The necklace is laser cut from clear acrylic and printed with UV inks, not from an actual miniature cat, because that would just be wrong. It measures about 2.4″ wide by 1.8″ tall, and comes on antique-gold nickle chain.

You can catch this wearable cat over on Etsy for about $33.

Wear the Solar System on Your Wrist

In Men in Black, it turned out that Orion the cat held the entire universe on his collar. While it’s not quite as impressive as carrying the universe, you can carry the solar system on your wrist. You’ll just need to pretend that your arm is the Sun, so the planets have something to orbit around.

This solar system bracelet is made up of polished gemstones that have been selected for their similarity in color and pattern to our neighboring planets. It’s supposed to help with your Chakras or something too, but I prefer to stick to the scientific interpretation of things.

Despite the diagram above, the bracelet includes all nine planets (including Pluto) and the moon. Of course, they’re not to scale, as that would be one uncomfortable bracelet if you had to lug around Jupiter all day long. The remaining stones are black with star-like speckles, representing the vastness of space.

You can grab this spacely bracelet over on Amazon for just $10.

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Avengers Infinity Gauntlet Jewelry: Just Don’t Snap Your Fingers

Peter Quill just couldn’t control himself and had to punch Thanos right in the face, resulting in the snap heard around the world. If you like the idea of an all-powerful gauntlet that lets you do whatever you want, try this Infinity Gauntlet Rings Bracelet on for size.

This version of the Infinity War Gauntlet consists of a chain bracelet with colorful faux gemstone rings attached by smaller chains. The whole thing is gold colored but isn’t gold. Its made of nickel-free zinc alloy.

It’s listed as “one size fits most” and can be yours for $34.99 over at ThinkGeek. Just don’t use it to vaporize half the world’s population.