Ring Clock by Gusztav Szikszai: From Futuristic Concept Art to Purchasable Product

Ring Watch in Yellow LED Showing 17 Minutes to 6 PM

Ring Clock started out as a design concept for the Moving Innovation challenge held by CGSociety, which challenged entrants to visualise a design that could be possible to produce 10 years in the future. But due to the amount of interest Gusztav Szikszai’s renderings generated online, he set up a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign two years later and the Ring Clock is now available to pre-order for $235.

Activating the Ring Clock LEDs by Rotating

Original Ring Watch Renderings with Independtly Moving Rings

The ring comprises two independently moving parts, an inner section which is in contact with your finger, and an outer section which can be rotated freely. On this outer section are three rows of numbers which denote the time in hours, minutes and seconds through the use of orange or blue LEDs. These lights only come on when the ring is rotated to save energy. It’s worth noting that the numbers don’t always align, it’s just by chance in a lot of these pictures.

Close-up of Ring Watch LED Number 13 on Stainless Steel Case

The currently available Ring Clock doesn’t work in quite the same way as the original design concept in which the 3 rings could rotate independently to align the appropriate numbers. This was largely due to technical limitations, but Gusztav Szikszai still has another 8 years to iron these out while staying within his original 10 years in the future timeframe.

Qi Wireless Charging Pad for Ring Clock

He also plans to improve other aspects of the current Ring Clock in future iterations, namely the way Ring Clock is powered. It currently features an integrated rechargeable battery which is topped up by placing the device on a Qi wireless charging pad. But even rechargeable batteries wear out over time and users will have the option to send their Ring Clock back after roughly 3 years and have the battery replaced. This is due to the custom designed battery the ring watch uses as well as the difficult process of opening the casing, and will entail a fee of $25 + postage on either side.

Pair of Ring Watches in Orange and Blue LED

However Gusztav hopes that future versions of the Ring Clock might be able to avoid batteries altogether by taking advantage of the rotational kinetic energy required to activate the ring and harnessing it to power the LED lights. This draws humorous parallels with old fashioned wind-up watches and could prove to be a more elegant solution than conventional recharging.

Ring Watches on Indiegogo in Stainless Steel

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  1. Will

    just got mine today in the post. Problem is the lights don’t come on. Just feel the ring getting hot as it charges via induction. Spun it many times, pressed the two buttons with every permutation you can think of.

    The charge pad isn’t even the same as shown on the pic above.


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      I’d suggest you contact the company that sold it, it’s possible your ring clock was faulty. The charging pad shown above was only a concept rendering from the earlier stages of the design process.

  2. Mike

    wow this is an amazing invention, they should have a ring phone like this attached a blutooth divice for those people who hate getting distracted with apps and such.

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