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World's first tele-hug ring

Give your significant other, family, or best friend a remote hug no matter how far you are from each other.


Why RingU? You can always text your beloved partner, but it will never replace your sense of touch. Research has shown that empathetic communication strengthens relationships. RingU is here, for anyone in a relationship, romantic, platonic or by blood, who sometimes during the day cares to share their warm feelings but cannot be together because they are busy. With RingU, you’ll always be able to share your feelings with your friends, family, or loved one.

For Lovers

How RingU helps lovers to be always connected

For Best Friends

How RingU helps to strengthen the friendship bond

Interview Video

Adrian D. Cheok talks about how RingU works

Talk, Demo, and Presentation Schedule Upcoming : June 4th and 5th : Augmented World Expo, San Jose, CA
Upcoming : June 22nd : Apple Store Ginza, Tokyo
May 30th : MIT Sloan School Visit to KMD : Showcase
May 24th : Web in Travel, Nikko Hotel Tokyo
April 25th : Real Project Showcase, Keio Media Design
Getting deeper with RingU

What is RingU?

With RingU you can give your boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend a remote hug no matter how far you are from each other. Anywhere you are, just hug the ring on your finger and at the same moment your significant other will feel that hug. For that very instant, you’ll feel each other’s warm presence.

What's so special about it?

“Hugging” the ring by one person transmits the touch sense digitally to the other ring which replicates the sensation. Using Bluetooth 4.0 the ring communicates with your smartphone which transmits the touch message over the internet. To pair two rings all you need to do it bring them together to trigger its powers, or, if they are remote - use the complementary mobile app.

What does the smartphone application do?

The ring comes with a corresponding private social network for two where you can send corresponding messages, photos, videos, together with your physical ring hugging. It also displays the time, date, and location of all your sent and received hugs. The ring synchronizes with the social network app seamlessly.

Yongsoon Choi
Interactive Design Read more..

Jordan Tewell
Hardware Development Read more..

Gilang Pradana
Front-End Development Read more..

Keijiro Abe
Software Development Read more..

Adrian D. Cheok Supervisor
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Ori Inbar Advisor
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Work in Progress

We are working really hard in developing RingU. Contact us for more details and for contribution.

Our lab

Multisensory Media Lab, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
Keio University
2F Collaboration Complex
4-1-1 Hiyoshi Kohoku-ku Yokohama-city
Kanagawa, Japan 223-8526
+ 81 (80) 3967 5590
ringu@mixedrealitylab.org