Origami Labs, the Hong Kong start-up that builds voice-enabled hardware, just launched their first kickstarter project: the ORII ring.
This device is the world’s first (and smallest) bluetooth-enabled, voice-empowered ring that uses bone conduction to transmit audio to the fingertip. Bone conduction means that sound is transmitted via vibrations through the bone, making it easy for sound to travel via the finger bone directly into the ear in order to deliver crystal clear sound. Just touch your ear and ORII will send clear audio with complete privacy along your finger.
“Co-Founder, Kevin Wong, was inspired by his father (who is visually impaired) and was looking for a way to close the gap between screen-based technology for the vision impaired,” says Linnea Colt, the company’s Marketing Manager.
It took the founders of Origami Labs 17 times to finally find a version of the ORII ring design that allows a voice assistant where it’s most useful – right at your fingertips! The ORII ring is durable, lightweight and designed to be worn comfortably on your hand all day. It’s also splash-proof, scratch-resistant and comes in three sleek colors that can match your style.
ORII has dual noise cancelling microphones that allow wearers make calls, send text messages, and access Siri or Google assistant right away. It works with iOS and Android apps which automatically filter notifications by assigning certain contacts and apps colors that can flash an LED light on the ring. Taking a call, or avoiding one, has never been easier!
Plus, with access to Siri and Google Assistant, ORII provides a screen-free way to use your smart phone.
Shipping of the ORII ring begins in early 2018 – learn more here!