Crowdfunding project of the week: ORII allows for making calls using your finger

Did you ever watch those movies where special agents communicate with each other by putting an index finger up to the ear? I wasn’t always able to see a device, so I wondered what exactly they were using. Maybe it was something like this week’s featured crowdfunding project.

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ORII is unlike any other Bluetooth headset you have used. This is because it is technically not a headset; it is a ring. Just like in those movies, the ring bearer will be able to simply reach out and place a finger on his ear to make calls. How does this happen? This product uses bone conduction to transmit sound through your finger.

This method brings forth a few benefits over traditional speakers. The main one is that it requires contact to work, meaning nearby people won’t be able to hear what the person on the other side of the line is saying, no matter how close the spy is. It is also great for making calls in loud places. Bone conduction uses vibration to transmit sound. Outside noises won’t really interfere. At the same time, you are not blocking outside noise when on the phone.

Need more convincing? There are a few other features you might be interested in. You can use it to activate both Siri and Google Assistant and make voice commands. In addition, the ring comes equipped with LED lights that will notify you of recent phone activity.

This could be many a kid’s dream, and now you can get it straight from Kickstarter by backing the project with $119 or more. The campaign has reached its goal, but you will have to wait until February 2018 for shipments to begin. Are any of you interested?

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Allegedly Leaked in Hands-On Images

The Active lineup from Samsung is known for being one of those phone lineups that can survive a drop without sweating out your pocket. The rugged devices are meant to be used by people who work in situations where their devices can get mishandled, and having a device that can withstand abuses offers a peace of mind that is worth trading against the looks of the device. Previous devices in the Active lineup could retain some semblance to their S-series siblings because of how Samsung styled the main S-lineup in recent years. But with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ taking on an entirely new minimal bezel and curved screen approach, we were curious to see how the Active device would shape up. And now we have our first set of live images of what is allegedly the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.

These images come to us courtesy of a thread in the Galaxy S8 subreddit, but the thread with its accompanying videos have been removed to bring down any chances of identification. But since it had been made available online, mirrors for the images have popped up, because of course.

A few more images from the video are also made available, which showcase the device from different angles.

As can be seen, the Galaxy S8 Active allegedly sports a flat display panel, understandably ditching the curved sides in favor of a more rugged build. Unlike its predecessors, the S8 Active sports capacitive keys instead of physical buttons for navigation. The Bixby button is also carried over from the S8 line. The SIM card holder also doubles up as the microSD card holder on the back side. The device is also said to be made of polycarbonate and sports metallic sides, all of which incite a lot of confidence while handling the device; a stark contrast to the fragility of its S8 siblings.

The S8 Active is said to be thicker than the S8 and S8+, thanks in part to its larger 4000mAh battery. For the rest of its specifications, we can expect the device to be mostly based off the Galaxy S8. The S8 Active is rumored to be an AT&T exclusive, but the device bears no mention of carrier branding on the hardware in these images.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active so far? Let us know in the comments below!


Source: /u/nique020 on Reddit

This is the Galaxy S8 Active

Leaked photos and answers from a person holding the unreleased phone tell us most of what we wanted to know.

If you wondering about the details surrounding the coming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, buckle in because here's most everything you could want to know about it. A user in the AC Forums has an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and posted some photos and answered some questions, only to go back and delete much of the information. (Android Police was able to snag most of the photos beforehand).

Once something is posted to the internet, you can never erase it. Here's a gallery of Galaxy S8 Active photos and a excerpt from a Q&A series of posts:

  • How did you get the S8 Active? I'm guessing it's for AT&T only?
    • Connection with Samsung. Poster goes on to confirm his unit is SIM-locked to AT&T
  • Does it scratch easily? Does screen have plastic layer on top?
    • No it doesn't scratch easily. No plastic layer.
  • Is the active button still there or is it replaced with Bixby? Is the Active/Bixby button customizable for shortcuts?
    • only bixby button. 6 no customization
  • What are the materials made of? (Metal bezels, rubberized plastic back?)
    • Metal frame, bumpers feel like metal polymer mkx that's screwed into the sides. Middle of back feels like last year's.
  • How thick is it compared to regular S8?
    • it's about 1.5x thick at the normal s8.
  • How slim are the bezels?
    • The bezels aren't thin at all. I'll post a pic.
  • Is the display 100% flat, meaning easier to install screen protector? (None of that 2.5d glass curve?)
    • Yes screen is completely flat.
  • Price?
    • No answer given.
  • Any underwater camera features?
    • No underwater mode that I can see, it's the exact same camera software as on my s8+.

The full thread available in the AC Forums

The poster continues for a few more posts and tells us that the phone has a 4,000mAh battery and all the buttons and various ports and holes in the case are in an identical spot to the Galaxy S8+. Unfortunately(?) the lack of physical/capacitive front buttons rumored earlier has is confirmed by these photos.

We knew the Galaxy S8 Active was coming eventually, and the phone in this leak holds no surprises. Expect a phone with identical specs to the Galaxy S8, with a flat screen and a more rugged case. Which, frankly, sounds perfect.

Update: A series of screen captures of a now-deleted video are available at imgur.com. We've saved them in case they get lost and you can find them below.

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