One Ring to Rule Them All

A new type of wearable to master your multimedia content with

Constantin Stan
4 min readMar 19, 2020


Livingroom with a blurred hand in the foreground and TV in the background.
Edited photo by MILKOVÍ on Unsplash

Them All

Them all being the over-the-top (OTT) media services we all know and have various feelings for (like Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+, YouTube Premium, Disney+, HBO GO and others).

This is about a product I’d like to get. A product that, as far as I know, doesn’t exist. It is a possible challenge for Apple, Amazon, Google, or any other hardware-capable company out there.

Its use case is plain and simple: control the apps the above-mentioned services come with. Control them on any device they run on (either phone, tablet, laptop or TV) using common and well gestures + voice. I would also like to use it to scroll through digital books and websites when connected to a laptop.

It may come in the form of a ring, but it can be even a smart-surface that you can place anywhere.

In this imaginarium, I’ll stick to this concept in the form of a physical device shaped as a ring.

There were wearables like this built in the past: Nod ring, Ring (which turned out really bad), or similar prototypes. Their context was a bit different and it seems that none stood the test of time.

One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
By Ssolbergj — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Translated, the words spoken by Gandalf in Black Speech in Book II, Chapter 2, “The Council of Elrond” mean:

“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

To Rule

Control, as mentioned above, will be done using simple gestures + voice:

  • swipe in any direction (left, right, up and down) to scroll through content or seek through timeline
  • tap to display info
  • double-tap to play/pause
  • long tap to search using voice input/wake up the device
  • cross-service content view progress sync (some…