The tech tragedy of the 21st century aren’t exploding smartphones or those weird zen lawn cases; it’s the inescapable reality that after years and years of trying to make mobile phones smaller, the trend is now towards making smartphones bigger! All this is a disappointment to me and my small, dainty hands.
It was a cumbersome affair when I finally succumbed to such technological advances in the form of the bigger iPhone 6s, which I could hardly grasp. Obviously, there was something amiss in the hand-to-phone ratio.
Being the millennial I am, there was simply no way I’d part with my phone or be bothered with using two hands for texting.
I had to find a solution, for the sake of cute selfie optimization (yes, no selfies if you can’t even hold on to your phone). I sought to solve this dilemma with, well, more technology.
Phone rings, knobs, and hooks all served the purpose, but they really didn’t look cute and were bulky AF.
My search for what I dubbed the “small hands selfie enabler” took an exciting turn when I discovered Ungrip. I was ready to use it without even knowing what it was for just because of how pretty it looked.
As nice as it looked, the small thing also packed a punch in functionality.
The cloth strap allows for versatility when handling your phone without adding much to the size of your gadget (because the last thing we need is an even bigger phone size).
Ungrip is surprisingly strong, too!
The cloth strap itself is replaceable so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty, and the mount has a hole you can loop lanyards or extra straps in.
Ungrip uses 3M adhesive tape (which is surprisingly powerful) to stick to your phone or case.
It comes with extra tape (and instructions!) in case you’d want to remove and mount the Ungrip on something else.
Honestly, I didn’t think such cute things can be so useful.
I have complete faith in Ungrip when it comes to my phone, and that says a lot because not even death will pry my phone from my cold, dead hands. If you still don’t believe me, remember that sometimes you just have to trust and let go.*
*applicable to phones and life in general.
ORII smart ring: Now even better
Jewelry that does more
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.
Father’s Day Gift Guide: Give back to our dads!
We made you a list so you won’t have to worry
Father’s Day is just around the corner!
Take the chance to give back and send some love. Here’s a quick list of things you can give your dad:
Give him a smartwatch to track the important things in life
The Fossil Q Commuter is a hybrid smartwatch that doesn’t look like one. It’s classic and stylish, and it uses smart technology to keep your dad updated with all the important things in life.
A camera to capture all the moments and experiences
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic has that timeless retro look that even I really dig. It instantly prints your photos and is perfect for those who treasure every moment.
Give him a smartphone that gets things done
They always give their best for us, and it’s our chance to give them back the best. The Huawei P20 Pro is a leading smartphone in the market today, a match for the dad who’s always aiming to be on top!
A wireless speaker he can bring wherever he goes
If he loves to move and groove, a JBL Flip 4 might be what he needs. It’s loud and it’s waterproof so he’ll have his sounds anytime, anywhere.
Give him a power bank so he’s always charged up
Make sure he’s connected by having his devices charged all the time. The Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 is pocketable and it’s packed with power. He’ll never be disconnected again!
Get him a wallet that protects his valuables
Give him the SERMAN BRANDS 1.0 wallet, equipped with RFID secure technology that will protect him from any unauthorized scans. It also comes in Texas Brown and is stylishly slim in genuine leather.
Give him the gift of adventure
If you’re feeling really generous, give him the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. It’s a tough vehicle made for adventures. When was the last time your dad went to the great outdoors for some fun? Surely, that was ages ago. Let him enjoy his time!
Titus&Wayne Luft Qi is a portable filter-free air purifier
Clean air everywhere!
Literally breathe easy with this portable device, and never have to deal with allergens and foul smells again.
These tiny things, the size of a soda can, can filter the air to get rid of germs, toxic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and even bad odors.
They’re lightweight and come in different colors — there’s even a limited edition handmade wood version available to Indiegogo backers that look especially classy. Because of their compact shape and size, they’re also ideal for those who travel. It’s particularly useful to those who are extra sensitive when it comes to allergens since you can bring it anywhere you go with ease.
Just one plug into a micro-USB power source and you’re all set; the purifier covers the surrounding 16 square meters. It’s pretty quiet, too. You won’t even know it’s running.
These things do not use filters. Nanotechnology is instead used to break down whatever impurities are in the air. This means that more than 80 percent of bacteria and mold are destroyed with this device on in just 30 minutes (according to independent studies). This also means you’ll never have to clean it out.
Here’s a quick and simple illustration of how it works:
Think about it: In your own room, in your car, or even in a hotel room, you get the luxury of clean air all the time.
The Luft Qi ships this July, you can back their campaign on Indiegogo here.
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