ORII: make calls and control your phone by touching your ear

ORII: make calls and control your phone by touching your ear

Research suggests that we check our phone every six and a half minutes. With your cellular device safely tucked away, you can now use a smart ring to attend to those quick calls on the go.

The ORII Voice Powered Smart Ring turns your finger into a smartphone. No, its not a misprint. The ring actually enables you to make calls, send texts, create reminders and calendar appointments simply by tapping on your ear!

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ORII receives audio when paired to your smartphone through Bluetooth. When a call comes in, the ring transmits the audio through your finger. When you press your fingertip to your ear, you can hear the voice thanks to bone conduction technology. The dual microphones enable your voice to be heard.

For the uninitiated, bone conduction is the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. Its been around for many years as a tool to help those with hearing loss. This means that with ORII, even in a quiet meeting you are the only one who can hear the voice on the other end. Because the ring plays back whatever is running on your phone, you could even use it to listen to music.

With access to Siri and Google Assistant, the ring can also handle many daily tasks all while your phone stays in your bag or pocket. You can, for example, make calls, post to social media, set reminders or calendar appointments.

The device is lightweight and comfortable to wear, splash-proof, and features anodized aluminum. The ring is not built for chatterboxes though, and is designed more for short calls and texts on the go. The 1.5 hours of continuous listening time should be enough to get you through the day.

The company says the technology poses no health risks and is used in medical-grade hearing aid devices. In fact, it might even provide health benefits because its a great way to relive screen fatigue and give your eyes a much deserved rest.

Price: $119 and up

Funding open:

$190,944 pledged of $30,000 goal
14 days left

Estimated delivery: September 2017

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ORII: make calls and control your phone by touching your ear

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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