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ORII smart ring: Now even better

Jewelry that does more

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Last year at Computex, I stumbled upon a cool smart ring and wrote about it. It was also my first year covering Computex and I had honestly never heard of bone actuator tech, hence the discovery of said smart ring that allowed me to make calls with my finger blew my mind.

This was the ORII ring, and a year later, I find them again at Computex and they have even more to offer.

When I first interviewed Emile and Kevin, founders of ORII’s Origami Labs, I only saw prototypes and one functioning ring for audio demos. These days, the rings are fully functional and are shipping to initial Kickstarter backers. More functionalities are added on, with even more features to come in the future.

What’s new with ORII?

For starters, the ORII ring is even smaller and more polished. It’s now at a size that I would actually wear for the tech.

And, as promised, it comes in more colors: There’s a red one that goes well with my hair, in addition to black, silver, and gray ones. This is a big deal to me because last year, there were only black and gray rings, and now color is finally here!

The ring comes with different ring sizes, too, so it fits every finger. It’s also splash-proof with an IPX7 rating so everyday wear is a possibility.

It comes with a charging dock, but it seems that the ring won’t be on it a whole lot as it has a whopping two days of battery standby time and two whole hours of talk time. That’s a lot considering you’ll only ever be using it for short commands and calls don’t usually last that long (we hope!).

So, how does it work?

With the ORII ring, you need only your finger to be able to hear things from your phone. The ring has a built-in mic so you can actually make calls — like a real spy.

Smart assistants are also compatible with the ORII. Using just the ring, you can send messages and issue smart commands to Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, without even having to look at your phone.

It has gesture commands and there’s also a button on the side of the ring that you can program depending on what you want it to do. For example, just raising your finger to your ear can activate the mic, or pressing the button can trigger your smart assistant.

At the bottom of the ring is a small LED light that’s a discreet way to give you notifications. Designed so only you can see the quick prompt, the lights are also fully customizable.


Meaning, you can change the colors depending on what app is alerting…

… or even choose which people messaging get special alerts.

Think of all the things you can do with this thing! Everything will literally be at the tip of your fingers.

Admittedly, I got sentimental when I tested out the ORII again. I personally saw the growth of this tech firsthand and it’s great to actually try out technology that only a year ago, Emile and Kevin were just describing to me. They’ve come a long way from last year and yet again I am impressed with their progress.

What I love about the ORII is how different it is to what we already have in the market. It’s great to see tech that breaks out from the usual mold of what current wearables are and what they do.

I’d totally rock this ring, and it’s not just because it matches my hair.

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Swings Bluetooth earphones are also good-looking earrings

You’ll never lose your buds again

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Bluetooth earphones are all the rage these days, sure. But as great as the tech is, most of these earphones all still look a little, well, awkward. (In that, I mean they still won’t match most outfits, let’s be real.)

Scandi Electronics sought to solve that problem with the Swings Bluetooth Earrings. These are good-looking earrings — and when I say good-looking, I mean you can really wear them out in real life — that double as earphones.

The concept is simple: Create something attractive that’s also functional. It may sound easy, but believe me, there’s only a small number of wearable tech that actually looks as good as jewelry. It works like this:

The drop earrings are swung around and voila, they’re earbuds! Once they’re in your ear, they automatically start playing your tunes. It has noise-canceling capabilities and five-hour battery life. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about them falling out.

Swings aren’t just for your listening and looking pleasure. It’s also equipped with mics and AI support for Google, Siri, and Alexa.

They don’t only look good, they’re also supposed to be pretty comfortable to wear. The earrings are lightweight and have silicone comfort-cap backs that you can even sleep in. There are three color versions available: silver/white, gold/white, and rose gold/white.

For the sportier ladies, there’s also a pair specially designed for the more active lifestyle. These black drops are called the Swings Sport.

Instead of the metal detail, this pair has silicone bands which make them shock- and sweat-proof. Talk about exercising in style!

If you’re sold on these earrings (like I am), you’d have to be a little patient. They ship out April of next year, so there’s a lot of time to plan outfits that’ll match your new danglies. Check out their Kickstarter page here.

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Sony XB Series Speakers: His and Hers

Portable speakers for everyone!

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Speakers may be made for parties and fun gatherings, but that’s not always the case. It can also be your best buddy, even during times when you’re not out socializing.

In the fourth installment of His and Hers, I went through a different route. I wanted to show how instrumental music is in our lives. These are the latest additions to Sony’s Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth speakers: the SRS-XB41 and SRS-XB21.

Both speakers have the same features and the only noticeable differences are in terms of size and, of course, the party lights. The SRS-XB41 comes in red with flashing strobes and a changing line light in multiple colors. It’s perfect for guys who like it flashy but don’t mind having a bulky and heavy speaker.

The SRS-XB21, on the other hand, comes in white with lights of the same color. It’s perfect for girls who like something that will fit in their bags — something they can carry wherever they go.


Let your heart sing with art

It’s not every day you get to wake up with a beautiful view. So, when creativity kicks in, bring out your portable speaker and art kit! Roll up your sleeves and paint something in sync with the beat. Next thing you know, you’ve already created something you can be proud of.


Beating the game

Some game nights can be enjoyed when you have a friend by your side. But sometimes, a speaker can be enough of a buddy. Play loud music that pumps you up, makes you smash those buttons, clear the stages, and win!


Pretty by the pool

There are times when stress gets the best of us, so it’s important to find time to relax. Put those sunglasses on and show off that new swimsuit you just bought. This splash-proof speaker is a good companion when lounging by the pool so you can listen to some great summer tunes. Now, go ahead, take a dip, and enjoy this moment.


Playing the right jam

After playing ball, you’ll find yourself trying to recover from a tiring game. Pull out that speaker and play your relaxing tunes. With the Sony Music Center app, you can select your favorite playlists, change the lighting patterns and sound modes, and be in complete control of your music. Be your own DJ when you turn on the live mode; you’ll get a festival vibe that takes your experience to the next level.


Lost in music and words

When the weather’s all cuddly and gloomy, it becomes ideal to stay indoors and have coffee by the bedside table. Pair it up with a good book, like Eat, Pray, Love, and a speaker to play some mellow music that soothes you. That’s the recipe for a perfect day!


Own the night

These wireless speakers remind us to stay connected. Invite your BF or BFF to come over and light up the night. Hand over some wine and unwind from everyday stress.


This episode of His and Hers proved that music is a necessary companion in our lives. It has the power to change a person or a place’s mood, and with the right speakers like Sony’s SRS-XB21 or the SRS-XB41, the moment can be more enjoyable and memorable.

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Matching Nillkin phone accessory sets makes for great gifts

Gifts for yourself

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Smartphone releases are getting prettier and prettier, so it’s only right that phone accessories catch up to this trend.

I tend to think that phone cases, aside from protecting my phone, should add to the whole aesthetic of my handset. And though there are a number of case options and designs to choose from, there aren’t really a lot that have matching wireless chargers and cords.

Popular phone accessory maker Nillkin has stepped up to the design plate to give users just that. They’ve recently announced their gift sets: a box set with matching items that include a tempered glass case, a wireless charging pad, and a 3-in-1 cord. They’re looking pretty good. 😍

The first box is a pink, flower-themed set and it’s the daintiest-looking thing ever. The case and charging pad sport the same pattern with the cord in a matching color theme to boot.

There’s also a blue box that comes with a colorful pattern with purple and pink hues. (My favorite set!)

The third box is a neutral black set — which I really wasn’t fond of, but it looks great in that box set, nonetheless.

Aside from this, Nillkin has yet to announce anything else about these sets, so there isn’t any news on pricing and availability for now.

One thing’s for sure: Once you get your hands on these, all you’re missing are the outfits to match!

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