ORII began as a few friends from HKUST’s MBA program, working long nights in coffee shops in search of ways to make smartphones without screens.
The idea for ORII all began with our CEO Kevin’s father, Peter. Peter is visually-impaired and requires screen-free alternatives to interact with technology. Using smartphones can be difficult for him as they are screen-based, touch-based devices so they experimented with all kinds of technology that could help them make screen-free ways of using our phones.
About 21 prototypes later, they created the ORII that you see today. ORII has evolved so much you can barely recognize the very earliest concepts. But you’ll still find their experimenting and digging into hardware, because there’s always so much more to learn!