It’s official, technology is about to infiltrate its way into every wedding this Summer season. We’ve heard about overhead drones capturing the lovers’ first married kiss and it’s only a matter of time before ring bearers get replaced by robots, but what about a ring which can let you see and feel your loved one’s heartbeat?
Introducing the HB Ring, a smart (more so technologically than aesthetically) piece of kit which allows users to quite literally connect to one another’s hearts as they enjoy their special day. According to the BBC, each ring is connected by Bluetooth to an app on the wearer’s smartphone. And via the app, two rings can be linked together.
So, every time an individual presses their wedding ring, it both physically pulses with the other person’s heartbeat, and displays the heartbeat as a moving red line. As long as both partners’ mobile phones are connected to the internet, they get a real time heartbeat. If either is offline, they get the last recorded one.
Also, no need to knab a partner to get in on the action, simply sync up to your bestie’s heart rate and enjoy. Just so you know, the HB Ring will set you back an easy $500. Oh, but don’t worry, it’s water resistant.
Created by Czech firm The Touch, the rechargeable ring is bound to attract couples who aren’t as fussed by diamond bling—some pairs may be searching for a deeper heart to heart connection (excuse the pun).
This isn’t to say that the HB ring isn’t durable. According to the website: “HB Ring housings are made of 18K Solid Rose Gold or Stainless Steel, together with Sapphire Crystal housing. This makes HB Rings not only precious, but theoretically unscratchable.”
And, if a ring isn’t really your kind of jewellery, The Touch also offers a locket version of the device. So, rather than feeling your lovers’ heartbeat on your finger, you can feel it up against your chest. Romantic stuff.
Some of the reviews of the HB Ring include: “As a military spouse and being separated from my SO for long periods of time, I love to feel his heartbeat every moment I can,” and, “Never actually wore or owned a ring prior to this, but the whole idea of it was too good to pass up.”
Accessories, whether they be smart or simple, seem to be dominating the dating industry at the moment. However, while the recent Pear ring focused on acting as a siren call for singles, this new gadget is definitely targeted towards individuals who’ve already found love.
While smartwatches have been around for a hot minute now, tech-fuelled rings are only beginning to pick up in popularity. Nevertheless, data analysts have predicted that the global smart rings market will reach $11.44 million by the end of 2030.
Is the HB Ring about to become the next big thing? All I’ll say is that if you do decide to wear these on your wedding day, don’t panic if you see your partner’s heartbeat start to jump and spiral out of control, they’re probably just nervous.