Me.Ring

A concept for privacy, agency, and digital lifestyle

Awarded Gold for Conceptual Design Wearable

MUSE DESIGN AWARD

The wearable Me.Ring grants you access to a new data marketplace, so you can own, control, and monetize your personal data.

A future data marketplace will be a transparent exchange of data

Big Data and AI have enabled marketers to find, collate, and correlate information, making it more personal, more useful, and more valuable than ever. As individuals, each time we enlist services, and as we move through our daily lives, we are giving away our personal data, with little control over what we get in return.

Me.Ring looks forward to a future data marketplace, a transparent exchange that allows us to have better control as individuals, and to place an explicit value on our personal data. It will require a framework of ownership, and an interface.

A physical totem works as a convenient and tangible interface

Me.Ring is designed to grant you access to a new data marketplace and shine light on the dark interactions that today pervade your everyday movements, so you can own, control, and monetize your personal data.

The device is a wearable ring that allows you to declare in a given moment what type of data you have to offer, and place a value on that data. Then you can signal acceptance of a transaction to share your data, in exchange for a stated benefit.

To drive adoption and access to a new open exchange, the Me.Ring interface is designed to remove friction, tell a good story, and fit comfortably into the user’s life.

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A. Fashioned as a common object

Me.Ring fits securely and discreetly on your finger, yet it has the functionality to let you respond to a wide variety of data interactions.

B. Toggle control

A small switch lets you quickly silence incoming requests.

C. Sensory interactions

Haptic feedback acts as an invisible interface to communicate when your commands are received and activated.

D. Biometric security

Me.Ring uses biometrics to establish your identity, and it only responds to you—if stolen, it becomes a “dumb” object.

This privacy ring is like an Incognito Mode for real life. It’s just a concept . . . but boy could we use something this simple to manage our privacy.
Mark Wilson
Senior Writer, Fast Company
Language defines the framework of a new data marketplace

Richer language around data transactions will help inform the nature of the exchange we are about to make. This language needs to define the different types and limitations of data we’re sharing, as well as the parameters of the commercial, personal, and civic exchanges. It must be explicit and precise about the agreements of each transaction: what data we’re offering, how it can be used, and what benefit we will receive in return.

Turning privacy concerns into opportunities

A new data marketplace raises many questions about privacy, security, protections, rights. And each of these questions opens a window of opportunity, to turn privacy concerns into features that we can safely use to improve our lives in meaningful ways.

We may own our personal data. But what good is owning it if you can’t use it? By answering this challenge, Me.Ring offers a new view on privacy and digital lifestyle, and a new way to interact with the digital version of ourselves.

a concept by argodesign

argo develops concepts driven by our passion for evolving the human-computer experience.