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.
Best iPhone 14 Accessories: Battery Packs, Mounts, Wallets!
Also meant for those with iPhone 12 and 13 series
Well, this one’s for you!
Look no further as we’ve rounded-up top accessory picks in three easy categories: battery packs, mounts, and wallets.
Curious to find ’em out? Head over to our Best iPhone Accessories video now!
CASETiFY release new Apple Watch-compatible cases, bands
Choose your color
CASETiFY has added new options in its lineup of accessories with the release of Apple Watch impact cases and stainless steel Monolink watch bands.
The CASETiFY Impact Watch case comes in plastic and metal variants, both made of durable PC material with a matt sandblast finish to make it water and sweat-resistant.
Moreover, the metal variant comes with an aluminum finish. The plastic and metal options are both available in black, gold, silver, and rose gold colors for US$ 30 and US$ 39, respectively.
Meanwhile, the CASETiFY Monolink watch bands are made of premium 316L stainless steel with a fine brushed finish, making it corrosion-resistant as well.
It is compatible not only with the Apple Watch series 1 to 8, Ultra, and SE, but also other brands of smartwatches, using 20mm and 24mm straps. The watch band will be available for US$ 89.
Lastly, CASETiFY also offers customers essential watch bands made out of upcycled plastic. These come with personalization options and print choice.
With more than 40 designs, these bands retail for US$ 50.
Designed for MMO: Razer unveils Naga V2 Pro
Most adaptable gaming mouse yet
Razer is not done changing the game this year. The gaming and lifestyle brand has announced the release of the new Naga V2 Pro gaming mouse.
Designed primarily for MMO, the Naga V2 Pro is the company’s most adaptable mouse yet, boasting of:
- 3 interchangeable side plates
- 19+1 programmable buttons
- 22 programmable controls
- Razer HyperScroll Pro Wheel
- Razer HyperSpeed Wireless
- Razer Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor
- Razer Optical Mouse Switches Gen-3
A total upgrade of its predecessor, the Naga Pro, the Naga V2 Pro also supports a wide range of charging and connectivity options for low-latency and uninterrupted gaming.
When it comes to its HyperScroll Pro Wheel, the Naga V2 Pro can have up to 6 scroll wheel modes, including a user-customized mode available within Razer Synapse 3.
The custom mode also allows gamers to make countless adjustments for the best scroll feel depending on the task at hand.
The Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor, meanwhile, enhances the mouse’s aim, smart tracking, asymmetric cut-off, and motion sync.
Razer Naga V2 HyperSpeed
Coming in as another reliable option, Razer has also made the Naga V2 HyperSpeed available.
The slightly more affordable gaming mouse at PhP 6,690 also has Razer’s HyperScroll tech, Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor, and Mechanical Mouse Switches Gen-2.
It can be powered by just one AA battery and last for up to 400 hours on Bluetooth or 250 hours on HyperSpeed Wireless.
This mouse will be made available by December 2022.
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