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Geek wedding ring?

RoadNotTaken (1702106) writes | more than 4 years ago


RoadNotTaken (1702106) writes "Dear Slashdot,
I finally bit the bullet and decided to get married. My fiance and I are looking for wedding rings and I find myself disappointed that they have so-few features. Are there any geeky rings out there that can do something useful? I'm thinking USB or RFID but am open to suggestions. There has to be SOMETHING good you can do with a chunk of metal on your finger..."

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Google knows all (3, Informative)

cappp (1822388) | more than 4 years ago | (#32554784)

Seems the easiest answer is a link: [] - they seem to have a pretty decent selection there, including a link to a previous Slashdot topic: []

On a more personal level, I know people who've spent a few months learning to smelt their own and gone down that route. Or the old favorite, The One Ring!

Door opener (2, Interesting)

seebach (1229742) | more than 4 years ago | (#32554994)

Hi, you can use RFID tags to open your front door by adding some extra kit to the door. It's not very expensive and her ring could do it as well. I'd guess the drawback could if someone figured it out and stole the ring.

Tungsten Carbide... (2, Interesting)

qubezz (520511) | more than 4 years ago | (#32555256)

A tungsten carbide [] ring. With a hardness of over 9 mohs (diamond is 10), and a melting temperature of over 6000F, it is much more 'forever' than a diamond (which burns in air at 1600F, turning into carbon dioxide and blowing away). And while we can make diamonds in a lab, tungsten still has to be mined out of the earth.

Or show your spouse your true love with the gift of depleted uranium [] . If you think it might be hard to acquire, the US has delivered the gift of millions of kilograms of it all over the countryside of Iraq in the last few years at no cost, one bullet at a time.

Re:Tungsten Carbide... (2, Insightful)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 4 years ago | (#32555670)

Or show your spouse your true love with the gift of depleted uranium [].

From the wikipedia article you quoted:

The use of DU in munitions is controversial because of questions about potential long-term health effects.

Depleted Uranium is not at all dangerous from a radioactive sense but the long term chemical toxicity is not really understood. Turning your wedding ring into a 2-subject study of the long term effects of Uranium exposure might not be the best choice. I'd stick with the tungsten carbide.

Re:Tungsten Carbide... (3, Funny)

mustafap (452510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32555764)

Given the short half life of most weddings, I wouldn't be concerned with the long term affects :o)

But those don't DO anything! (1)

RoadNotTaken (1702106) | more than 4 years ago | (#32556540)

Thanks for the suggestions, but those all appear to be rings that LOOK geeky. Are there no rings that actually serve a purpose? If I'm going to wear a little gadget on my finger for 20+ years it would be nice if it actually did something. I'm thinking data storage, magnetism, lasers, etc. Anything?

Re:But those don't DO anything! (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32557078)

Any ring worn on the left ring finger will tend to make it harder to date.

Isn't that enough?

The ring really shouldn't need to be multifunctional. It is symbolic adornment, meant to convey a message. If that isn't enough, don't get married.

Any technological enhancements embedded within such a ring will likely be deprecated within ten years, anyway. Do you really want to run upgrades on the thing?

Re:But those don't DO anything! (2, Informative)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32558376)

Talk with a jeweler who does custom work, as they know their materials and methods. Have a more detailed description of your personal preferences, so they can suggest appropriate patterns such as leaves, mice, rats, dolphins, Chevy pickups, Mac I, Difference Engine, Cookie Monster, etc.

You could have a jeweler mount an RFID tag (size of grain of rice), or a magnetic sphere on, or in, a ring. I don't know what metals are RF transparent so the RFID antenna would work. Go shopping for the kinds of RF tags you want, and which you can get without buying 50,000 of them.

A diamond will reflect a laser; I don't know if you can make a door lock which recognizes specific jewels. A different connection to lasers would be to have an old laser ruby cut into jewel shapes (don't know how reflective it would be). A laser diode may be too large for mounting in a ring, but you could fit surface mount LEDs in one, perhaps under jewels, but there's no suitable power supply...maybe you could have wires routed to contact studs which would work with a handheld power capsule (problems: melting metal over wires is a challenge for insulation, would LED-covering resin last for 50 years).

Obviously you could have a ring made with depressions which are filled with various surface-mount circuitry components, but those components tend to use exotic materials which you don't want exposed to your skin nor soap for 50 years. I don't know if protective coatings or resins can last for 50 years.

If you're often going to be working with electronics or MRI machines, you might consider a non-conductive ring or a non-magnetic ring. I don't know what would be suitable; there probably are suitable woods, but if your finger size ever gets larger you'd need a new ring made (which might incorporate bits of the first one).

A wedding ring should be of a noble metal, one which doesn't react with many things, so it will not get damaged and so it won't damage you. You don't want to develop an allergy to nickel. Keep mercury away from your gold ring, if that's what you choose.

A wedding ring should not have elaborate shapes, wires or materials which require removing the ring every time you wash your hands, should not require the ring be specially cleaned when you wash your hands, and should not require separate sanitizing in normal use.

A wedding ring should not have shapes which catch or chew on skin (no quarter-inch-deep gear teeth all the way around).

A ring with anything that protrudes is an amputation risk (even one that doesn't protrude is a risk). You might admire Neil Armstrong, but you don't want to also have part of a finger torn off.

Just buy... (2, Funny)

TDyl (862130) | more than 4 years ago | (#32557528)

Just buy an expensive one and when - if - she/he dies - use the automatic coffee-cup holder in your PC to slice off the finger and recover your investment.

Binary geeky enough? (1)

gamerSRC (1663813) | more than 4 years ago | (#32558842) has a ring set up to be engraved with your message in binary. I think I remember seeing some other geekish stuff there when I was browsing. And their stuff is eco-friendly!

carefull... (1)

esseffe (1203628) | more than 4 years ago | (#32560274)

questions: does she actually want a geeky ring herself, and would such a ring suit her tastes? don't want to rain on your parade, but she's going to be the one wearing the thing, and it will be around her friends, family, professional associates, and so forth. As much as she loves you, it might her feel uncomfortable wearing a geeky ring at times, like at business meetings, or ten or twenty years in the future, when your/her tastes might be different. And no matter what she says beforehand, if you choose to go non-traditional here, you're always going to be at risk for the "you're actually giving me THIS for an ENGAGEMENT RING??!!" reaction from her. While it's tempting to get something that reflects the kind of person you are, it's very important to get something that reflects her tastes and the kind of person she is. A geeky ring might make a good Christmas or birthday present, but with the engagement ring, prefer the standard to the offbeat and eccentric.

Geeky Ring (suggestion) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32583896)

a plain gold band looks normal, grown-up, and is something you won't outgrow. Show off your individuality with a colorful, geeky, jock-strap

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