In the quest for the smallest Bluetooth device possible, Origami Labs may be leading the pack.

The Hong Kong start-up that builds voice-enabled hardware just launched their first Kickstarter project, , a Bluetooth-enabled 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 clear sound.

 
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. 

Kevin currently holds nine patents in the voice and text based technology field, and is determined to find more ways for users to start using the power of voice so they can be less dependent on their screens. 

After going through 17 versions of the , the founders settled on a ring design that puts a voice assistant where it’s most handy – right at your fingertips. 

ORII has dual noise cancelling microphones that let wearers make calls, send messages, and access Siri or Google assistant instantly.  The iOS and Android app also lets you filter notifications by assigning certain contacts and apps colors that will flash an LED light on the ring. It’s literally never been easier to take a call – or to ignore it. 

to receive the splash proof ORII ring in one of four colors when it ships by early 2018.



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