Orion hands free push to talk wearable device called Onyx

Anytime, day or night, no matter which way you look, it seems you'll see someone with a smartphone in their hand.

"We wanted something you could wear that would keep you in the moment and keep you in what you were doing," - Albrecht.  

Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht of San Francisco based company Orion wanted to find a way to give people their hands back. 

Robbins began sharing his ideas with fellow firefighter Greg Albrecht, a communications and IP specialist. 

"What can I do to make real time communication something that everyone in the world can have in a way that doesn't have them looking down at their smartphone," said Robbins, who learned the importance of hands-free communication during his days as a volunteer firefighter. 
The answer to their search came in the form of a wearable device called Onyx that allows you to communicate with people anywhere in the world while keeping your phone in your pocket.
The device is the main mode of communication at the company's large office space in the Mission District of San Francisco.  

Introducing Onyx, the first product from wearable tech startup OnBeep. Onyx gives groups a new way to stay connected and engaged in the moment, without the distraction of looking down at a phone. The lightweight device can be clipped to a shirt, jacket or bag strap so users can communicate hands-free and remain heads up across various group experiences – from traveling to a music festival, coordinating an event or volunteering at a charity run.

There are plenty of hands free options in the market, but armed with a team of coders and developers, Orion took their concept a step further.

"It is essentially a bluetooth communications device so it is not much different than any other bluetooth device you might connect to your phone with the exception that the Onyx and other devices on the Orion network connect you to the Orion network," said Albrecht.

Its Easy to communicate with a group of people...

The Orion network, accessed via an app on your phone, is what sets the company apart. It allows any member, no matter their location or cellular provider to speak with another member or group of members with a simple push of a button.

"The range is the Internet. It has even been used on a moving boat in Palao to talk to a team back in the United States," said Robbins.
The network also provides users with other useful information about their contacts location and their online status.

Robbins envisions a day when the devices get smaller and the capabilities of the network expand, giving users the ability to control everything from their TV to their appliances with voice commands.

The company is growing and will offer a new device called Ruby marketed towards the fashion conscious later this year.
Website: http://www.orionlabs.co/

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