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Make room in your smart jewelry box for the new smart ring

Clear a space on your bureau between your smart glasses, smart watch, and smartphone, because Japanese startup 16Lab is developing the latest iteration of wearable technology: the smart ring.

The ring will combine a motion sensor with a Bluetooth chip, Forbes reports, allowing it to recognize hand motions and translate them into commands. The idea is that moving your hand a certain way will allow you to perform tasks like changing the channel on your television or selecting a certain song out of a playlist.

Making a smart ring does come with some unique complications, Forbes notes. The wearable can't be too cumbersome as to be impractical and uncomfortable, for example, and the tight fit of a ring on the finger requires that it not exude excessive heat.

16Lab plans to launch the ring in eight countries next spring.