GEAK Ring is a great idea for a Tasker creation for NFC users

geak ringA Chinese company called GEAK has been making the rounds in the tech press today thanks to some interesting upcoming products. Perhaps the most interesting is the GEAK Ring, an NFC-enabled ring that unlocks your phone when you hold it. The idea is that holding the phone with the same hand you have the ring on will make the NFC chip int he ring prompt the phone to unlock itself, and as an added bonus it can store contact details for easy sharing.

The ring will initially only be compatible with GEAK devices, but will supposedly be compatible with other devices sometimes this fall. For any Tasker user, however, these rings should work out of the box, allowing you to recreate the functionality- and add more uses for it- long before any official support is added for other devices. I don’t see any indication that these rings don’t contain standard NFC equipment, and there are plugins for Tasker that allows it to act on proximity to any NFC tag, without the need for software from the NFC tag manufacturer.

For those who don’t want to wait, all you really need to do to replicate this functionality here and now is find an NFC tag small enough to be put into a ring. Since I don’t have an NFC capable phone I’m not really read up on what sort of tags are available right now, but some quick searching lead me to both a NFC enabled pen and an NFC wristband that may prove useful for a project like this.

If you do decide to try this, you should first make sure that you can consistently unlock your device using Tasker. I use Secure Settings with root access for that, and it works fine, but I know for a fact that the result can be very device-dependent.

Also, while this particular commercial product is fairly limited and straight forward in what it does, there’s nothing stopping you from doing more with this idea and Tasker. You could for instance set up an NFC enabled tablet to only be unlockable with various rings, and configure a ring for your child that unlocks it but limits what can be done on the tablet at the same time. Another idea would be to automatically answer the phone when you pick up the phone, based on the ring’s proximity.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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6 thoughts on “GEAK Ring is a great idea for a Tasker creation for NFC users

  • Sounds good, will practically be nonsense. Why? On all phones I know it is not possible to disable the “NFC found”-sound, so this sound will always trigger when the ring is near your device. And it will also trigger when your phone is already unlocked. Simply everytime you are near your phone.

  • That’s true. You need to root and modify:
    – deactivate sound (i didn’t do that)
    – NFC with screen off

    My problem with the whole thing: I don’t like wearing rings.

    • Where did you find the solution to deactivate sound?

  • This would be a better idea if you could add NFC to a ring you already wear (like a wedding band) but wearing a ring specifically for this seems silly… especially when you may need the unlock to happen holding it in the opposite hand. While the idea of having the ring to pass your contact information is neat… if you have your phone it will do the exact same thing for you.

    But hey, there’s a million dollar idea… NFC identification added to wedding bands (or other jewelry).

  • Avatar of Wes Stacey

    I think there is a kink in this little plan. Most phones i know don’t poll the NFC reader while the phone is a sleep. So even if you pick up the phone while where this ring you still have to turn on the screen before it will scan the ring.

    Granted once the phone is on it should scan and allow you to bypass the lock screen.

    Not sure if that is a deal breaker or not. just some additional information.

  • Avatar of Ole Thomas Sætre

    Nice idea, but I have a better solution. I use my phone in combination with tasker and secure settings. When phone is connected to my pebble watch – no screen lock, and if it looses connection a 8 digit pin code kicks in :) works perfect!


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