Our goal is to create a new standard for the universal symbol of love-- the ring. By implementing IoT technology in the realm of human connection, we hope to bridge the gap between lovers near and far, through distance and time.

At the beginning of this makeathon, all three of us were quite distracted. Why? We missed our significant others. So out of our communal loneliness emerged this idea-- a modern take on the classic wedding/promise/whatever-you-want-to-call-it ring. Love today is on-the-go, it's spanning and unbounded. But with the barrage of stimulus in our digital age, it is can be hard to maintain that genuine, emotional, raw interpersonal connection. Our simple, classic ring adapts to this new, modern take on love and brings back the core feeling of connectedness. And we also wanted to overthrow the diamond industry because it's unethical and we might as well take the opportunity.

What it does

We've all seen Instagram ads for long-distance relationship trinkets; light up boxes that read sentimental messages, bracelets that send your partner your heartbeat whenever you touch it, apps that allow you to sync your Netflix nights, literally anything that will help you feel close to your loved one.

All of us thought about what we would want to communicate over miles, borders, oceans, or even just while the our partners are at work. We want to allocate space for them in our lives. We want to tell them we're thinking of them, tell them how we're feeling, and keep them updated on what's going on.

Our ring does just that. Touching the top of one ring sends vibrations/pulses, such as your heartbeat, to to other to let the wearer know you are thinking of them. Morse-code pulses can also be sent. Biosensors within the ring keep track of heartrate and EDA activity, and can consentually alert your partner about how you are feeling throughout the day.

The ring is also integrated with an app, which can keep track of pulse sent throughout the day, turn off any of the ring functionalities (such as turning off vibrations when in a meeting), alert a partner when they have missed or not responded to a pulse, and keeps track of mood-related data. The app also allows partners to sync calendars and can alert one partner if the other has an important event or if they are busy (hence why they haven't returned a pulse).

How I built it

Two bracelets built with 3D printed casing and bracelet bands. Bracelet hardware included a touch sensor and haptic motor circuit connected to first an arduino for testing and rapid prototyping, then to a particle photon board connected to Google Cloud for integration with IoT technology. Initial prototyping of app made with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio.

Challenges I ran into

The first challenge we ran into was not having small enough hardware components to create two rings. Thus we decided to pivot and prototype matching bracelets with the same functionality, which could then be scaled to the ring size later. Challenges that plagued us throughout the night was multiple group members being sick, learning how to make an app, and learning how to use a cloud to implement IoT tech.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We've never done a makeathon before and this was our first time doing anything remotely close to IoT related, so even though we didn't get a fully functioning demo done in time, we're proud of how far we even got. We learned a LOT and upskilled very quickly, which was the most valuable part of the whole event. We tried making an app, we learned how to integrate hardware into very small, wearable tech, and learned how to use a photon particle board.

What's next for Reinventing the Ring

Finishing it! Perhaps taking it to the next hackathon/makeathon and figure out how to finish making the app and scale down our hardware into a ring!

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