Make the wedding ring speak to her

It’s a nice touch to engrave a heartfelt message on a wedding band, and my couples choose to do so. But you can say a lot more with a 20 second audio message. That’s exactly what [Luke Jerram] did by etching an audio track into this ring. He uses his custom-built hardware to playback the message, which you can see in the video after the break. The ring is an Edison Cylinder, which works just like a modern record player except that the media is on a spinning drum (the ring) instead of a rotating disk. We wonder if this would sound a bit better with a high-end cylinder player.

While you’re on [Luke's] page you might as well take a look at his image projecting ring as well. It has a color image slide on one side and a projection lens on the other. Wacky!


  1. me says:

    Nice but what the hell is the message saying…

  2. hmm says:

    it sounded more like pre 2000 text to speech than a heartfelt message

  3. ZeUs says:

    accelerate much? Cool idea but the sound quality can use a hand.

    And if that’s his heartfelt I would prefer not hearing his usual :P.

  4. Lenny says:

    according to the site it’s saying “Shelina, I’ll love you forever. Mary Me!” …repeat.

    sounds like “you are lucky 7 try me” .. but thats just me I guess

  5. Shawn says:

    What happens if you play the ring backwards?

  6. Mike says:

    me: Try clicking the links HaD helpfully provides to the original project. The message is literally the second paragraph on the page. Depending on your screen size, you may have to move the scroll wheel a bit.

  7. Daley says:

    Excuse my ignorance, but how “soft” is silver? He mentions in his blog that it took 100 lbf/in² of pressure to cut the silver, but my concern is that normal wear would make it useless in a short period of time.

    Really cool idea, but for something like that I’m sure she’d like to keep the message around for a while.

  8. Squirrel says:

    “and my couples choose to do so”
    you mean many?

  9. Squirrel says:

    That projector ring should come with a matching LED necklace for on-the-go projection

  10. younata says:

    Ok, new proposal method:
    build the ring around an mp3 circuit.

    It’ll be much better than this in quality.

  11. swighton says:

    I would love to know how he measured the pressure to cut the silver.

  12. Eirinn says:

    @lenny yeah it does sound weird.. i hear “shelina am lucky 7 mary meee”.

    It is a very cute project though.

    A less old school/romantic, but way more efficient way of doing this would be to make your own encoding and use maybe… holes of different sizes and then let a laser read it. It could output a string that could be interpreted by a machine as text to speech.

  13. Eirinn says:

    @daley i think it depends on the pureness of the silver. Just like the carat of a gold ring tells you how soft the product is.

    I have to admit that i’m also a bit afraid that the audio lines will wear down fast… but maybe this wont be a problem since she wont be playing it very often.

    Then again if she bumps the ring or sits on it or a little layer of patina/dust is layered on it then it’s more or less useless afaik.

    Still damn romantic.

  14. CutThroughStuffGuy says:

    Put the image on the inside of the ring to protect it from wear?

  15. maybe it would be better idea to carve the ring on the inside?
    it would be harder to reproduce the sound that way, but at least it is a bit protected from the wear and tear?

  16. @CutThroughStuffGuy haha :)

  17. Volectorus says:

    I would make the ring out of wax, then record on the wax… plaster, then pour in the metal… but im not sure how much quality you can maintain tho

  18. Volectorus says:

    or laser etch it, you could probably fit a whole mp3 on it. :)

  19. strider_mt2k says:

    That is absolutely KILLER as an idea, but for it to really be a winner that audio quality has to improve.

  20. IJ Dee-Vo says:

    Now thats romantic!

  21. Hirudinea says:

    And she gave him a ring that said “Wheres my diamond you cheap SOB!?”

  22. Gav says:

    What a gorgeous idea. Congrats on the build

  23. I actualy just like knowing it says something. Didnt care too much for hearing it, ruined the mystery of it all. However, all in all, I give it two thumbs up

  24. vonskippy says:

    Some polishing rouge and a bit of elbow grease should get rid of those fugly gunk collecting scratches.

  25. yuppicide says:

    Maybe he wanted it to sound like something off the TV show Ghost Adventures. Those guys will take a sound of random static and say some ghost is saying something.

    Why does he have the unit outside in the grass? Is it solar powered? Wouldn’t it be better to record indoors where there’s no wind?

  26. mrb says:

    what does it sound like backwards?

  27. theodore says:

    Hirudinea lmao

  28. StopTheMadness says:

    This is an awesome idea but most women would prefer diamonds so when they leave us they can pawn it easier.

  29. Jeditalian says:

    cool, and i think the audio is decent for the recording method used, but why does the device keep playing audio after the needle is removed? watching the video, it seems more like the needle is just scraping on the ring, making a loud scraping noise, and the actual recording is coming from another source, since the scraping should be amplified making the audio output intolerable, and the recording keeps playing as if it were a record or tape playing at a decreasing speed, yet the needle is no longer touching the ring and it didn’t appear to slow down before the needle was removed.

  30. jim says:

    Why are people bitching about audio quality? That’s hardly the point.

  31. Whatnot says:

    A bit odd that the sound continues a good while after he removes the needle but when he puts it down you immediately hear that click, so there’s no buffering delay.

  32. Hacksaw says:

    The ring(s) were cool but the best thing on that dudes website was the miracle toaster my mother in law would shit if she toasted her bread and that image showed up.

  33. Tod says:

    People ask so I’m taking my guess: Played backwards it says, “Half of all I own is yours.”

    Definitely a cool idea. I love to find a way to improve either the sound or the lifetime of the sound.

    I wonder if some metals other than gold that are more durable can be used in sputter coating objects intended for electron microscopy? Then again, would the heat needed in the process deform the grooves in metal ring? Just thinking alound…

    …anybody know?

  34. Jeditalian says:

    i think (pure)gold would have a better sound to it, but no durability

  35. Ben Martin says:

    The people bitching about women preferring diamond rings have clearly never been married.

    Diamonds belong in engagement rings; this is a wedding ring, hence simply a band of metal with no diamond.

  36. Whatnot says:

    You could write it on the inside I guess, that will prevent scratches and make it look less like a ring that had an accident, I’m sure you can design a device to read from the inside of it just as well, although the space would be reduced then I guess.
    Also I wonder if you can’t go digital and use pits or something to record it, in a not too complex and propriety way so it remains recognizable in the far future though, but again then you need very small pits or have very little room.
    I find the concept sort of interesting to think that in hundreds of years they could hear the message, it has a certain charm.

    And incidentally, gold is incredibly durable, there lies the source of its value, it’s quite inert and doesn’t rust and such, the problem is though that pure gold is very soft and can be dented by the mere forces of teeth already.

  37. Jenna Fox says:

    It’s a lovely idea, but I feel a bit alienated by the title of this post. It’s predicated on the idea that you have absolutely no female readers, or at least that if you do have any, they’d all be lesbians.

    That’s really not okay, unless your intent is to short term appeal to sexist male geeks to the exclusion of a growing group of female hackers. Even then, sexism really isn’t okay.

    Try harder next time.

  38. Chris says:

    Brilliant idea, I’d love to do this someday.

    Jenna: You take yourself far too seriously. The only necessary assumption made here is that the man is the one making and giving the ring. While with some less traditional couples nowadays this may not be the case I think it’s still a fairly safe assumption.

  39. Samuel.... says:

    image projection ring? Reminiscent of one of the Latnok rings from the show Kyle XY. He takes the ring and puts it up to a car headlight to reveal a map. sad the show got canceled right in middle of its greatness. hopefully someone will recreate the show with a similar exciting plot…anyone up for it? What would kyle xy become if it continued its plot?

  40. Interesting idea. I did wonder about making a “Morse Ring” where there is a red LED inside that in the presence of an RF field or sufficient ambient light, as it gets dark its internal capacitor blinks out a message while in motion,..

    Sound doable?

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