Bluetooth earpieces are pass . Origami Labs, a Hong Kong based startup has developed a smart solution for receiving smartphone alerts. Called Orii, the solution is a cross between a ring and a Bluetooth earpiece (to be worn on the finger instead of the ear). The futuristic-looking smart accessory uses bone conduction to aid in communication using just the fingertips and offers voice-control as a bonus. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 7 price in India revealed: Know when you can buy it in IndiaAlso Read - Apple fixes Apple Watch unlock bug with a new update: Download now
Bone conduction is not a new technology and has been already explored by the hearing aid market. The audio technology transmits sound directly to the inner ear which also in a manner blocks ambient noise. When applied to the Orii smart ring, users can simply place the fingertip to their ear and discreetly talk over a call or respond to alerts. Also Read - iOS 15.1 beta 2: Apple fixes unlock with Apple Watch bug on iPhone 13
The Orii ring also comes in-built with support for voice controls. By saying “Orii”, followed by the command, a user can carry out a range of activities including translation, map routes, calendar, setting alerts, etc. In addition to that, the smart ring also supports both Google Assistant and Siri, making it compatible with both Android and iOS devices. In order to enable the two assistants, one needs to simply long-press the CapSense button on the smart ring to wake up either of the assistants.
Given the personal and discreet nature of the smart device, the thought of having all notifications buzz on the finger is quite a distracting idea. To tackle this, the companion Orii app allows a user to filter out which type of notifications should be sent to the ring and the LED indicators on the top will show the customized color accordingly. ALSO READ: 5 things to keep in mind when buying a fitness tracker
While there are plenty of smart wearables in the market, only a few are aesthetically pleasing so as to be actually worn like an accessory. The Orii ring scores in this aspect as it appears like a mini version of the Apple Watch, with a familiar looking squarish frame, and is also available in three color choices of Sandblasted Silver, Metallic Dark Gray and Matte Black. In addition to that, the smart ring is splashproof. Other features of the smart ring include a dual Bluetooth 4.0 radio with Bluetooth Low Energy support, dual-mic noise cancellation, a gyroscope, and a 50mAh battery that promises up to 1 hour of talk-time and 45 hours of standby. The Orii ring is compatible with Android version 4.4 or above and iOS 8 or above. ALSO READ: Apple Watch leads wearable tech market in Q1 2017, fitness band hits first ever decline: Report
Other than providing a futuristic alternative to Bluetooth earpieces, the Orii ring also aims to make it easier for those with hearing disabilities to communicate. Even as the idea of making calls or sending messages through a stylish smart ring may entice a lot of wearable enthusiasts, it is to be noted that the Orii smart ring is currently on Kickstarter as an all or nothing project, which means it will only make it to the commercial space if it reaches its goal. However, the project has already garnered $134,160 for a $30,000 goal, which means we could soon it hitting the shelves.