With Hyperloop and driverless cars already very much a reality, it often seems like technology is moving further and further into sci-fi territory on a daily basis. That being said, Hong Kong-based tech company Origami Labs is taking things to the next level with its new ORII Smart Ring. Already in popular demand before its official release — exceeding its crowdfunding target by almost $95,000 USD with 24 days still to go — the ORII is a minimal take on the smartphone concept, packaged in discreet ring format, which may well signal the next step forward in wearable tech. Using bone conduction technology, the ring transmits sound directly through the finger to the ear, ensuring privacy and clarity in public spaces, and pretty much removing the need for a screen from the equation altogether.
With plenty of time still to go in the funding stage there’s still room for improvement, but — with its body-oriented functionality and sleek design — it’s entirely possible that the ORII might just end the debate on the wearability of wearable tech. While you’re waiting, why not check out the official Kickstarter page for more details and a peek at some of the ring’s features including splash proofing and voice commands