Talking on the phone without actually talking on the phone with the Orri smart ring.
That age-old hand gesture for “call me” now serves a functional purpose, thanks to the wearable tech endeavors of Hong Kong startup, Origami Labs.
The Orri smart ring uses bone conduction technology to send audio travelling through your finger to your ear. If you like to walk and talk and often find yourself in a situation where you need to have a discreet phone conversation, this vibrating smart jewel is for you.
Initiating a call is made easy, just by touching your ear and speaking, which means your phone doesn’t need to leave your pocket. The smart ring has built-in dual noise-cancelling mics so the person on the other end of the line can hear you with crystal clarity, according to Origami Labs.
You can use Orii to send and read text messages, filter notifications, and the Orii app is compatible with messaging apps such as, Messenger, Hangouts, Whatsapp, Skype and Twitter. Siri and Google Assistant can be activated via the ring so you can use your voice to search. Orii also caters for real-time navigation, language translation and more.
Orii features four LEDs which allow you to assign various colors to different callers and notification types. The clever finger gadget uses Dual Bluetooth 3.0/BLE 4.0 to connect with your smartphone or tablet. The Orii app is compatible with iOS 9.0 + and Android 4.4 +.
Orii is made of anodized aluminum. It is IPX7 water-resistant , which means it’s splash-proof and should survive if you get caught under a sprinkler.
With such a small device, there’s going to be a slight drawback… Battery life! The smart ring provides an hour of talk time and the battery takes an hour to charge. I suspect if you are popular and get tons of notifications, the battery will feel the heat.
The Orii smart ring is currently live on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter early bird price of $119 USD is still available (at the time of writing), this is 40% off the future retail price. The estimated shipping date for Kickstarter backers is February 2018.