Engineer Creates LED Engagement Ring

Feb. 20 2014
The ultimate of proposal ideas. An engineer created a custom engagement ring that is LED-powered and lights up whenever he is near.

The Sunday papers over pancakes and freshly squeezed juice is pure decadence to me and last week, as the morning sun shone through the front window, I sat flicking through the paper feeling very positive about things. I remember glancing at F, who was still wearing his pancake making piny, and smiled.

I was so lucky to have such a great man in my life, so caring, considerate and loving. Browsing the paper, I came across an article that listed a very different idea on how to propose and I wondered how F was getting on with his proposal ideas. I planned to read through and then subtly leave it open on the table so he could take a look over coffee later.

A Self-Crafted Engagement Ring

What better proof of your love than to make your significant other a personalised engagement ring, guaranteed to be the only one of its kind in the world? This might have been the reasoning behind engineer Ben Kokes’ decision to design a custom, LED-powered light-up engagement ring for his fiancée. Have a look at it here.

According to Kokes, the ring was supposed to be temporary, eventually to be replaced with a more ‘standard’ offering, but the engineer’s girlfriend liked her personalised light-up ring so much that she decided to keep it.

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Many a geek tried to imitate Ben Kokes’ engagement ring idea

A Technical Challenge

The ring in question is fashioned out of titanium and contains a LED and copper coil combination, connected to a transmitter. The transmitter is worn as a sort of armband, under clothing, and its proximity to the ring activates the LED sensors, causing the ring to glow.

A novel idea, made even more so by the fact that Kokes is the one usually wearing the transmitter, meaning his fiancée’s ring will begin to glow whenever he is approaching.

That is very cute, not to mention romantic.

The project took four months to complete from start to finish, and Kokes created ten different versions of the ring before eventually hitting upon the right one. Motives for abandoning the first nine projects ranged from physical impossibility to material requirements or limitations.

Working with titanium, a harder material than the usual aluminium or steel alloys, also presented a bit of a challenge, and delayed the end date of the project further. Paradoxically, according to the creator himself, the electronics required to give the ring its special feature were actually the easiest part of the entire process.

Such a Romantic Statement

What a great story, I thought as I read on. Kokes’ efforts in deciding how to propose were worth it in the end and I loved the fact that the couple abandoned the idea of eventually contacting a professional jeweller and getting a ‘proper’ engagement ring.

Apparently, months later, the happy couple are still wearing their light-up engagement ring and matching transmitter, which is proof that imagination, skill and inventiveness can actually make a statement in modern society.

After reading the article, I decided not to leave the article for F as I could see him taking it, running with it and getting very excited about planning a similar invention himself. While I love the concept of something so personal, I know what F is like when he gets an idea in his head. I finished my pancakes, closed the paper and sat back with my orange juice. F had joined me and we started making plans for our day.

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