Kerv Contactless Payment Ring Review

Well, I first saw this on Kickstarter in October 2015 and it sounded like a great idea for someone like me who travels through London every day constantly getting my card out to swipe through the gates at the train then the tube and sometimes the bus too. Estimated delivery was stated as April 2016, and well over two years later and some nagging via email it finally arrived at my door January 2018! So we had a bit of a bad start….but I have gone straight out and put it to the test and thought I would share my experience good and bad so that others can get a bit of information if they are looking at buying this product.

First Impressions – Look and Feel

I must say the packaging looked amazing and when you open it looks very smartly presented.

Kerv Smart Ring Packaging
Kerv Smart Ring Packaging
Kerv Smart Ring Inside Packaging

The ring looks nice and smart, feels smooth and weighs hardly anything.

Kerv Ring
Kerv Ring

Generally I like it and the fit was perfect as measured using the Kerv sizing chart.

Kerv Smart Ring Look and Feel On My Finger
Kerv Smart Ring Look and Feel On My Finger

Initial Setup

The box came with a set of instructions to set up your online account, associate it to your ring, then set up a virtual mastercard and add some money to get started.

Kerv Ring Instruction Leaflet
Kerv Ring Instruction Leaflet

I found it very easy and was up and running in no time. I went straight for the auto top-up feature which is a bit of a pain as the lowest value is £30 to trigger an auto top up and the lowest value you can top up with is also £30 so every time it tops up you could have £60 on there waiting to be spent. I’d prefer if it were smaller values but there you go.

First Test

So I jumped straight in and tested it on my route to work. There is a contactless reader into the train and out the other side then a reader into the tube and out the other side, I hovered it over the first reader wondering if anything was going to happen and ping, it worked! It was a little slower than I was expecting but worked none the less. The other readers it was roughly the same but the last one it came up with the dreaded “seek assistance”. I stepped back and let the other people through then took it off and put the ring directly on the reader and it worked again. This led me to think I was using it wrong, if only I had read the instructions properly!

On the way home it was pretty much the same as above, when I got back I opened the instructions and there it was….It says clearly on the instructions how to use it and I had been doing it differently like a prize turnip!

Kerv transmission ready gesture for making a payment
Kerv transmission ready gesture for making a payment

Second Test

Well, this time fully prepared I approached the first reader and this time using the correct hand gesture it picked it up really quickly similar to using an actual card on the machine. I continued all the way to and through London and back again and it picked it up on every single one no problem at all. Was very impressed.

One of the main problems I found is that (at the time of writing) you cant use it with your TFL account to see journey history, payment history or to claim a refund. They do give you a virtual MasterCard number including the CVV number but if you put that into the TFL website it doesn’t pick up the data. This is because the chip in the ring has a separate card number but unfortunately they don’t give you that number on the website or anywhere else. I contacted support on this one and they said they are working on it and will update me when they have something.

Support

Support were very responsive and helpful in general, I first had a lot of contact with them as I was a Kickstarter backer and had the long delay I mentioned, they replied every time within 24 hours and did update me on progress. I do wonder if I would ever had received the ring now if I had not contacted them.

Summary

A good device if you don’t mind wearing the ring when you are travelling and don’t like getting your card out constantly. Use it properly on the reader and it will reward you by working as designed. I have fingers crossed that they will get the device chip number sorted for integration with the TFL website but even without that its a good gadget to show off and save you time.

Runescape – User Interface Recommendations and Tips

Basics

Press “L” to toggle lock/unlock interface in order to drag, resize and re-arrange your UI. Gameplay – make yourself familiar here. A lot of useful settings here. Worth mentioning are area looting & the different skilling options. Interface Settings – toggle slim headers, XP pop-ups, show reset timers and make X progress to mention a few. Controls – customise keyboard and mouse sensitivity, keybinds and toggle camera type. Graphics Settings – graphic settings. Audio Settings – audio settings. Combat Settings – select combat mode and which stats to recieve XP in for the combat styles.

General recommendations

Slim headers – what do we need large headers for? Gameplay settings – take a few and make yourself familiar here. Many useful QoL settings. Lock interface when not editing.

How to create a customized UI

1. Start out by resetting your current UI by going to the main menu (ESC) then go to “Quick Load Layout” and select “Retro”.

2. Resize the game window so it is exactly as you would like it. Personally I have my game window occupying 70% of my screen. Ignore this if you play on fullscreen.

3. Main menu then “Edit Mode” then “3D World Editing”. Resize your “Game View” to something like this. (we will get back to this later).

4. Now open everything you want accessible at all times while playing RuneScape. It will look messy at first don’t worry – we will make this look good.

5. Play around with the placement and sizes of your interfaces boxes. This may take some time and you may have to change the “Game View” several times.

6. Main menu then “Edit Mode” then “Gameplay HUDs Editing”. Change the placement and sizes of the different HUDs.

7. Congratulations with your new interface!

Tips & Tricks

If your gameplay is stuttering go to “Controls” then check that your camera type is set to RS3.

Technology – How to Find Out About the Windows Lock Screen Image or Spotlight Image

I had a certain image two days in a row on windows spotlight lock screen that looked like a half crescent moon like sand dune structure and wondered where it was, for reference, here is the image I was talking about:

Windows spotlight lock screen image
Windows spotlight lock screen image

Now after a bit of googling for things like “what is the big sand half crescent on the windows spotlight” and “what is the big desert structure/sculpture on the windows spotlight” with no luck I pressed CTRL+L to get back to the lock screen and investigate further. When you look at the top right of the lock screen there is an icon “like what you see?”, if you hover over it it tells you where this is:

Icon "like what you see?
Icon “like what you see?

Even better than that, if you click on the middle icon “What do we have here?” it will take you to a bing search for the building or location in question:

Icon "What do we have here?"
Icon “What do we have here?”

For those that are interested, it turns out this is actually not a “half crescent moon like sand dune structure” but in fact its the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz, Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). An auditorium, who’d have thought it?

Runescape – Arc Skilling Guide and Tips

Daily Contracts

great method for gaining xp
7 can be completed in one day (if all unlocks are purchased)
skip “collecting” tasks for sea shell/driftwood

Number of Contracts Completed | Cost to Reroll

0 contracts – 1 chime
1 contracts – 10 chimes
2 contracts – 20 chimes
3 contracts – 30 chimes
4 contracts – 40 chimes
5 contracts – 50 chimes
6 contracts – 60 chimes

Tasks can be for rescources gathered on the Arc/Uncharted Islands
All rewards include 150 chimes (except collecting tasks)
Sometimes contracts award 1-2 taijitu

Task | Amount | Reward

Chop Bamboo (35-95) 12,600–34,200xp
100 bamboo per tree:SUPPLIES:

Cook Oil (12-40) 11,220–37,400xp

Craft Bowls (12-40) 11,220–37,400xp

Harvest Energy (35-95) 10,150–34,200xp
300 energy per spawn

Fish Wobbegong (35-95) 12,600–34,200xp
100 wobbigongs per spawn

Fletch Bundles of Bamboo (12-40) 11,220–37,400xp

Catch Tortles (35-95) 12,600–34,200xp
207 shell chippings per spawn

Mine Salt (35-95) 12,600–34,200xp
110-130 salt per spawn

Slay acolytes of Seiryu (35–100) 25,900–74,000xp
as well as 2-8 Slayer points

Producing Chimes

Make Shark Soup with

1 x Shiny Tortle Shell Bowl
Crafted with 4 shiny shell chippings

1 x Bundle of Bamboo
Crafted with 2 golden bamboo or 5 regular bamboo

1 x Sliced Mushrooms
# of mushrooms used varies

1 x Wobbegong Oil
Made with 2 wobbegongs

1 x Alaea Salt
From mining Alaea Crabs on Uncharted Islands

Transmuting

Ancestral Energy can be converted to another resource.

Unlocks

Sold by Boni, who can be found on Waiko next to the bank.
For Taijitu do Long Voyages (costs 20 SUPPLIES)

Hanto Armour Set
Chest/Legs/Helm/Gloves/Boots
Cost: 90 Taijitu & 60,000 chimes

Hanto Weapons
Winds of Waiko/Thalassia’s Revenge/Rage of Hyu-Ji
Cost: 50 Taijitu & 25,000 chimes (each)

Hunter Skilling Outfit
Chest/Legs/Helm/Gloves/Boots
Cost: 10 Taijitu & 10,000 chimes

Salty Title

Runescape – Quest List Useful For PVM and Slayer

Quests for PvM

Broken Home – BIS Ring (ASR)
Plagues End – Access to Priffdinas (Supreme Ovls, quick way to change spellbooks, etc)
The Mighty fall – God Wars tele for Ranged duo Nex
Ritual of the Mahjarrat – Dragonbane Ammo + Akrisae at Barrows + Glacors
While Guthix Sleeps – Glacor boost & TDS
As a First Resort – Decant Flasks
River of Blood – Sunspear, Berzerker Blood Essence, Drakans Medallion, Blisterwood
Summers End – Access to Corporal Beast
Lunar Diplomacy + Dream Mentor – Lunar Spellbook (+ Livid farm to fully complete it)
The World Wakes – 4 New Abilities, 3 of them being very helpful
The Digsite Quest – 3 New Abilities (Tendrils) Extremely helpful for DPS
Ghost Ahoy – Ectophial (Teleport to Araxxor)
Tales of GWD 2 – Teleport tablets to GWD 2 (Telos/Gwd 2 camping)
One of a Kind – Dragonrider Necklace (Good alternative for Hydrix necklaces)
Kindred Spirits – Linza
The Elder Kiln – Fight Kiln Access
Temple of Sennisten – Curses (Soulsplit/Turmoil)
Kings Ransom- T70 Prayers (Augury/Rigour/Piety)
Desert Treasure – Ancient Magicks(edited)

Quests for Slayer

Smoking Kills – Crucial for training slayer
Fate of the Gods – Muspahs & Nihils
The Light Within – Crystal Shapeshifters
Ritual of the Mahjarrat (+While Guthix Sleeps) – TDs & Glacors
The World Wakes – Automatons
Children of Mah – Nightmares
Branches of Darkmeyer – Vyrewatch
One of a Kind – Celestial Dragons
Do No Evil – Sophanem Slayer Dungeon Access(edited)

Runescape – Updated Friends Chat List

Skilling:

“Boxes” for Portable Deposit Box locations (On DXP)

“Chase Trees” or “Evil Tree FC”- for Evil Trees

“Harmed Ore” – for Harmonised Ore locations

“NemiForest” – for 9/9 Nemi Forests

“Portables” – for Portable skilling locations

“TH Trade” for trading for Skilling Outfits

“Tree Hunt” – for Crystal Tree locations

“Star Find” – for Shooting Stars

“Soulobby” – for Soul Obelisk Locations (Menaphos)

Minigames:

“Ba Teams” for Barbarian Assault Games

“Goldtrimmers” for Castle Wars Games(Afk)

“ConquestChat” – for Conquest Games

“demonmobs fc” for Demon Flash Mob locations

“Free Leech” for free leeching of Dungeoneering floors

“Hybrid Top” – for Fight Pit Games

“2FlingFish” – for Fish Flingers

“Minigames” – for Mazcab Supply Runs

“GOP Addict” for Great Orb Project Games

“Heist4Fun” – for Heist Games

“World60pengs” or “W60 Find Pen” for Penguin Hunting

“Fast SC” for Stealing Creation (Non-Combat)

“Bafcw” or “CWANS” for Soul Wars Games

“vis wax fc” for Vis Wax Combinations

Price Checking:

“90weaps pc” for price checkingT90+ Weapons

“R Quark” for price checking Rares

“TH Rares PC” for Treasure Hunter/SOF price checking

PVM / Teaching:

“AoDTeams” to find teams for Angel of Death

“NexAoD” for Angel of Death Masses

“Boss School” or “PvMing FC” for teaching / finding teams

“Casual KK” for smaller Kalphite King teams

“lskk247” for Lootshare Kalphite King

“duck hunters” for Megaduck pet chance

“Raid FC” for raids

“Teachingrots” for learning / making teams for Rise of the Six

“Rago PVM” for Vorago Masse