ORII, the world’s first voice-powered smart ring, has officially launched an unforeseen set of gesture-control features to redefine voice assistant interactions. The introduction of gesture-control leverages the ring’s existing screen-free capabilities but further expands the premise to encompass not only communication but also control for daily interactions that previously required screens.
ORII’s brand-new Gesture User Interface, launched on 16 July 2019, will be available for all existing and new ORII users.
These will include sets of gestures varying across three different situations*:
ORII with phone only
- Double tap pointing up: ORII triggers voice assistant (Siri or Google Assistant)
- Double tap on the wrist and raise: ORII reads out messages
ORII with headsets connected**
- Double tap pointing down: ORII skips a current music track
- Double tap pointing to left: ORII plays/pauses current music track
ORII with smart home
- Double tap pointing horizontally: ORII turns smart lights on and off
Discreetness and ease optimized
The gestures were selected for their intuitiveness and naturalness in motion but made sure to not interfere with everyday movements; they were carefully considered to not create a steep learning curve for users to adopt and chosen to maximize convenience.
The introduction of gesture features has been deliberated since the ideation of ORII, and a 6-axis gyroscope accelerometer was built inside each ORII unit ever manufactured in anticipation for this launch. The new interface is a hidden present for all existing ORII users, and we are so excited to finally reveal something that we have been working on from the start.
In addition to the pre-set gestures above, more is being done on extending adjustable and personalized shortcuts to an array of gestures using the IFTTT platform, which allows users to attach customized functions to certain gestures and makes it even easier for them to control their smart devices as they wish.
Do more with voice
ORII is expanding the conversational interface with both voice and gesture controls now compatible not only with smartphones while on the go, but also with smart home devices while at home. The same way smartphone use was redefined from screen-based to voice-powered using ORII, users can now also access smart home devices through discreet and more accurate voice commands. The need to shout across the room is eliminated with ORII; a simple whisper can now control smart appliances.
Users of voice assistant technology have increased steadfast for the last five years since its mainstream availability, and the consumer trend has moved in search of ways to make using technology more natural and with easier methods, such as through speaking. ORII is looking to leverage this trend with a refreshing solution rooted in simplicity and integration, putting all smart devices on one’s finger, making voice assistant readily available both inside and outside the home.
All devices in one place
ORII is now upgraded to a product that builds inter-device consolidation to provide user ease in interacting with diverse sets of consumer electronics. More can now be done with less, fully shifting the market need of the product towards comprehensive control whilst remaining optimized for on-the-go communication.
Improvements are perpetually ongoing to enhance new and existing customer experiences, each bringing us one step closer to achieving our vision of a screen-free future.
*Gesture will be updated continuously for the best user experience. Please refer to our website for the most up-to-date gesture map.