Ugh, This Engagement Ring Box Camera

Spring is in the air, and you're possibly feeling joyously spontaneous, looking over at your winter cuddle buddy that things got unexpectedly heavy with. Maybe it's time to spend the rest of my life with this person! If you're going to get down on one knee and propose marriage to the love of your life, you now have the option of using Ring Cam to capture the moment.


For $100, an enterprising company will rent you a Ring Cam for three weeks. When you go down to pop the question, push a little button on the top of the ring box, open it up, and a camera inside capture the reaction of your One and Only from the ring's point-of-view. The box has a built-in microphone that capture your partner's surprised shrieks.

I suppose the Ring Cam was inevitable. People have been hiring photographers/recruiting their friends to document wedding proposals forever. Camera technology is shrinking to the point where making a ring cam affordable is feasible. Thanks to Facebook, we all want to share every last moment of joy with everyone, and expect a document of everything that has ever happened.

Why can't we just have love without accessories? [Ring Cam via PetaPixel]


Mario Aguilar

May I propose, ahem, that you savor this moment of joy privately. That you keep it for yourself in your brain. Or if you do feel the need to record the proposal, that you find some kind of creative and organic way to do it.

You see, it's not the recording so much that gets me here, it's the manufactured moment that's pre-packaged from beginning to end. Somebody had this business idea to sell you a tool so that you can use document one experience in the same way as countless other people. Doesn't it make your feel dirty that the Ring Cam did the same thing with someone else right before you showed up and rented it? And when it's done with you, it get drenched in someone else's tears and spittle.

There is so much misery in life. Love is one of the only real and true and awesome things that we get to experience as humans, and for that reason, I can't really begrudge people's willingness to commit to each other for eternity. That's kind of beautiful! Don't cheapen it with gadgets.