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tech jewellery projects 

The experimental aspect of Emma's design practice investigates how technology can be embedded in jewellery, negating obsolescence by creating precious objects whereby form outlasts function. 

The first QR code brooch was made in 2013. Since then the Microsoft version of the QR code (sterling silver code, laser cut and cast in cuttlefish bone)  has been super-seeded.


This ongoing project seeks curious ways to incorporate the most current forms of technology so that over a lifetime, an archive of non-functional objects is created. 

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RINGLY review //

During my residency with Arts Tasmania (2014-2016), I looked into wearable tech. My research involved looking at different forms of wearable tech, their design and their function.

With funding, I purchased a RINGLY ring. This was a piece of jewellery that most resembled a traditional form of jewellery that incorporated tech. It was invisible, and the function it performed was for a little diamond on the side to flash a colour programmed through the RINGLY app when you received different types of notifications on your mobile device. 


- The elegant design of the ring and the box- there's a small charging point at the back of the ring box where the charger is connected


- the materials it was made from. I chose the moonstone with the gold-plated band, which has a small diamond set in the side. 



-It didn't solve enough of a problem for me to make me want to keep wearing, charging and updating  

- In 2023, the support has shut down and there is no longer an app to sync the ring with. At the end of the day, I'm left with a nice ring I can still wear, but it no longer has the ability to function as a tech device

OOPS! In 2023, RINGLY no longer has a help centre :(
RINGLY ring designs. Image Courtesy of Ringly
Comprehensive RINGLY critique, By Andreia Rodrigues do Amaral / January 31, 2018 / Design
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