Neyla Ring

Neyla Ring

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The Neyya is a stainless steel ring with a flat, diamond-shaped, black plastic touchpad for a cap. You’re meant to wear it on your left or right index finger, and use your thumb to tap, swipe up, down, left, or right on the cap to control various functions on a connected device. It can be used to navigate music playback and Netflix menus, take selfies with your phone’s camera, record footage with a GoPro, and control presentation slides. All of these features work by swiping the Neyya’s touchpad.

The ring comes in titanium or 18K gold plated flavors, in three sizes. The small size has an internal diameter of 0.74 inches and a height of 1.11 inches. The medium measures 0.81/1.17 inches. I tested the titanium plated large model, which measures 0.87 on the inside and 1.24 inches high. All three sizes weigh approximately 0.65 ounces. The titanium ring costs $139, while the gold version costs $179. No matter which design you choose, realize the ring looks quite loud. It’s rather large, and the big plastic cap is hard to miss. It will definitely stick out your finger.

The Neyya comes with a magnetic charging dock that doubles as a presentation case. With its clear, plastic lid on, the round case measures 1.96 inches high and 3.14 inches around. It weighs 1.85 ounces. The case comes with a micro USB cable that you plug into the charging base, and can be tucked inside the base when not in use. It measures 4 inches long, which is pretty short, so you may want to use a longer micro USB cable if you have one on hand. A glowing blue LED indicator makes a ring around the charging dock; it stops glowing when the ring is fully charged. The Neyya takes about 90 minutes to reach a full charge, which is good for three days of use and about ten days of standby.

A tiny LED dot sits in one corner on the top of the ring. It blinks when the ring’s ready for use after swiping the touchpad to wake it. The touchpad surface attracts fingerprints easily, and the ring’s bulky size can become uncomfortable. It also makes controlling devices slightly more difficult to accomplish than it should.

Unlike most wearables, the Neyya cannot track any fitness stats. For that, you may want to check out the Misfit Flash Link. It tracks basic fitness stats, and can control music playback, your phone’s camera, and presentation software, just like the Neyya.

App and Performance

NeyyaTo use the Neyya, you first need to download the Neyya app. It requires iOS 8 or later, which means Android devices are out of the equation completely. The ring works with Macs that run OS X 10.8 or later. Windows 8.1 machines are compatible, as well. The ring connects via Bluetooth 4.0 and has a range of up to 20 feet.

I paired the ring with an Apple iPhone 5c by following the simple instructions in the app. The process took a few seconds. The app itself is well-designed, with an attractive list of diamond-shaped icons lined from top to bottom on the main screen. Each icon brings you to a different page where you can activate and adjust various options. There are pages for Capture, Notify, Play, Present, Talk, and Watch.

The top icon, Play, brings you to a screen that shows you each gesture for music playback controls on your connected phone. The controls are easy to use. Swiping right, or toward the LED, skips to the next track. Swiping left, or away from the LED, skips to the previous track. Swiping up increases the volume, swiping down decreases it, and tapping the top of the ring twice plays or pauses the current track. Most of these gestures feel intuitive, except for the gestures that require you to swipe away from the LED and toward your arm. I had to adjust the ring until it was closer to the tip of my index finger in order to comfortably execute those movements, and even then, they still felt awkward.

The next icon, Talk, displays the gestures for accepting and rejecting calls on your phone, as well as adjusting volume. Like the music playback controls, the gestures are responsive, but I had to readjust the ring to make it more comfortable to use.