The World’s First Voice-Powered Smart Ring Launches
Revolutionising the wearable technology market is the world’s first voice-powered smart ring called ORII. Launching on Kickstarter July 18, 2017, the ring turns the hand into a smartphone using cutting-edge bone conduction technology to transmit sound. Users can make calls, send messages, or command a voice assistant, such as Siri or Google Assistant, by simply placing their fingertip to their ear. Founded by four Hong Kong-born university friends, the technology start-up is redefining how users interact with their smartphones, marking a notable shift away from a screen-based world.
The wearable technology market forecasts robust growth as consumers seek for easier, more functional and stylish ways to unlock the capabilities of their smartphones. According to a CCS
Insight report, 2020 will see the market worth close to USD 34 billion. Taking connectivity to the
next level, ORII represents a move towards voice based wearables that let users seamlessly
communicate with their phones and intelligent voice assistants.
According to ORII CEO Kevin Johan Wong, ORII is designed to make lives simpler yet simultaneously more productive in an age where consumers are tied to their screens.
“Designed to become an integral part of your life, ORII paves the way for a more screen-free lifestyle while giving you instant on-the-go connection to your smart devices. Our inspiration
came from my dad who has been visually impaired from a young age. He set out to develop
a voice and text-based technology to help others like him and is a pioneer in his field with eight
patents under his name. Integrating the same technology used in hearing aids, ORII uses bone
conduction to send sound discreetly to your ear, creating a device which allows freedom from
the screen-based interaction.”
How does ORII work?
● Bone conduction: used in medical-grade hearing devices, ORII’s bone conduction
technology delivers clear audio with complete privacy by sending sound vibrations
through the finger and directly into the wearer’s ear.
● Enabled by Siri/Google Assistant: ORII has dual noise cancelling microphones that
lets wearers make calls, send messages and access Siri or Google Assistant without
needing to take out their phones.
● Built for everyday life: ORII’s sleek ring design is engineered to be comfortably worn on the hand all day for instant access to Siri or Google Assistant, and seamless on-the-