AbsolutelyNew Announces the ORB™ Wireless Earpiece Finger Ring

AbsolutelyNew, Inc. today announced its newest “single-digit” phone accessory: the ORB™ wireless earpiece finger ring. The new device will enable the world’s 1 billion+ cell phone users to keep hands-free calling at their fingertips.
The ORB™ - pictured in use
The ORB™ - pictured in use
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July 23, 2009 - PRLog -- SAN FRANCISCO—AbsolutelyNew, Inc., the company that partners with innovators to bring their best ideas to market, today announced that the world’s 1 billion+ cell phone users can soon have a breakthrough new device at their fingertips: the ORB™ wireless earpiece ring.

Developed by Hybra Advance Technology, Inc. in partnership with AbsolutelyNew’s Science+Technology Division, the ORB is a finger-worn ring that twists open to become a comfortable, secure and sophisticated Bluetooth headset for hands-free calling.

Key details on the ORB:

• Harnesses bone conducting technology to deliver high-quality sound without the discomfort of placing a device inside the ear.

• The deluxe edition features a FOLED (Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen to keep caller ID and calendar reminders quite literally on-hand. It also offers voice-to-text for effortless communication without taking the ring off the finger. The base model has no screen or display.

• All models deliver class 2 Bluetooth (~30-ft range) in multiple ring sizes.

Print-quality images are available at www.photobucket.com/absolutelynew.

Hybra plans to start selling its first ORBs in the U.S., Asia, and Europe as early as January 2010, at a suggested retailer price of $129 USD for the base model with premium aluminum housing. Deluxe edition Orbs with displays will launch as early as April 2010, at a suggested retail price of $175 USD.

The designers are also planning limited edition models featuring decorative gemstones, to be priced based on the value of the gemstones. (Yes, Paris, we’ve got yours reserved.)

“AbsolutelyNew’s Science+Technology Division is committed to helping innovators achieve the potential of their ideas,” said Richard Donat, AbsolutelyNew’s CEO. “We’re pleased we were able to assist the ORB inventors in a number of ways so they can move to launch next year.”

“The [AbsolutelyNew] team found us global strategic partners essential to developing our product, while undercutting previous manufacturing costs and reducing lengthy development time,” said Hybra co-founder Ryan Wells.

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AbsolutelyNew is the consumer goods company that partners with inventors (plus manufacturers and retailers) to launch breakthrough products. The company’s Science+Technology Division also helps innovators launch new devices and technologies into businesses. Products in AbsolutelyNew’s portfolio span a range of categories and can be purchased in stores and catalogs, online and on TV. Headquartered in San Francisco, AbsolutelyNew is privately held with venture capital backing from Artiman Ventures. For more information, visit www.absolutelynew.com.

Hybra Advance Technology is a Traverse City, MI product design company that marries and morphs emerging technologies to create consumer electronics for everyday life. Founders Joseph Thiel and Ryan Wells, who remain its principals today, strive to challenge the status quo by leveraging technology to simplify activities and eliminate inefficiencies. For more information, visit www.hybratech.com.

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