Aina is the easiest and the fastest way to control almost Everything without the need to take your phone out. Aina is a premium AI powered smart ring that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and becomes a personalized remote for controlling smart home devices, booking cabs and unlocking devices effortlessly. Aina is also an easier way to take phone calls and talk with Voice Assistants privately, just place your fingertips near your ear and get talking. Aina is also a subtle Fitness Tracker and a beautiful timepiece that sits on your finger. Aina is a beautiful interface that makes use of your smartphone as a remote computing device to let you handle daily tasks in the most efficient way possible.
Our Indian counterpart Lazy Design Private Limited was a part of Qualcomm’s 6 month Hardware Acceleration program in Bangalore, India between August 2018 and March 2019 under QDIC 2018 where we connected with verified Electronic Partners and got some great Technical Mentoring. In addition this, we have won various Awards as a startup in the last 2 years.
Scientifically, Aina is the Easiest, Fastest and the Laziest way to control. Anything.
We are a team of Product Designers, Engineers and Data Scientists(collectively Gadget lovers) who got tired of swiping, tapping and unlocking our phones for every other thing and set out to find an easier way to handle tasks that we do on a daily basis. We spent the last 2 years in Research and Development to devise the perfect solution incorporating the latest advancements in AI, Acoustics and Microelectronics to create Aina. Aina is about 70% faster than your smartphone touchscreens and about 30% faster than Smart Speakers at getting Everyday tasks done.
FEATURES, VARIANTS AND COLORS
In addition to making a device that is super functional, being a team of Designers, we factored Aesthetics in our Design Process right in the beginning and as a result of this extensive process, we now have 6 beautiful variants of Aina, a color and finish for everyone AND we are now providing Free Global Shipping.
Aina connects with your smartphone using Bluetooth 5.0 and works with our Aina app installed in your phone. Its controlled using 4 swipe gestures in 4 different directions on the touch sensing area of the ring that control Aina's display. These Swipe gestures are detected by a combination of Touch sensors on the Band's surface and Motion sensors inside the ring by algorithms that are trained and calibrated to your specific way of swiping on the ring. And whenever you swipe on the ring, you feel a subtle vibration as feedback. By using a combination of such a sensing and feedback mechanism, we avoid accidental inputs for the ring. In case you anyways activate a shortcut by mistake, you can swipe down right after the feel the vibrational feedback to undo that action.
The home screen displays time and any recent notifications. AI shortcuts come as pop ups over the Home screen which you can choose to Accept, reject, snooze. You can also find the most relevant shortcuts for you by swiping left to right across the home screen. Swipe Down on the Home screen to activate your Voice Assistant and enter specific "Modes" by giving a Custom Voice Command to Aina.
We have partnered with multiple companies across the globe to bring some revolutionary technologies at your fingertips each packaged as a feature that we are introducing with Aina.
1. AI UI : ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT USER INTERFACE
AN AI REMOTE FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE
After installing Aina app on your phone, you can select which applications you want shortcuts for. The app uses machine learning algorithms to learn your smartphone usage behavior related to the selected applications and Aina starts predicting shortcuts for you with significant accuracy within 3 weeks. The predicted shortcuts come as pop ups over the Home Screen of Aina which by defauly displays time, you can always choose to accept, reject or snooze the shortcut using the 4 swipe directions on the ring. And as you keep using Aina, these predictions keep getting more accurate.
We have already integrated the API's of most popular regularly-used-Apps and will continue to grow our developer network to increase the capabilities of AIUI.
- Control Smart Home Devices: All popular smart home devices can be controlled using Aina through IFTTT.
- Book Cabs: We have already integrated with Uber and will be working with Lyft and other popular Cab booking services next.
- Unlock Cars: We have partnered with Smartcar Inc., a US based company to control, lock and unlock your car with Aina. See the list of cars we work with here.
- Unlock devices using Bluetooth: Bluetooth proximity based Smart home devices can be locked and unlocked using Aina.
Aina knows when you typically book cabs to Office and it will show the shortcut to Book an Uber to Office just before you need it.
Aina knows when its time to sleep and based on your usage of your Home lights, it will show the shortcut to Switch Off the room lights as soon as you go to sleep.
2. NEAR FIELD DIRECTIONAL SOUND
Using a Proprietary Acoustic channel design and applying DSP on sound in the Human Speech range, our patent pending Near Field Directional Sound technology projects sound in a focused beam towards your ear from Aina when you place your fingertips near your ear.
- Take Phone calls: Say "Call Jay" to call your friend Jay through Aina. For incoming calls, Aina vibrates and shows you who is calling, swipe up to receive the call and talk from your fingers.
- Talk to Voice Assistants: Swipe down on Home Screen and talk with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa privately without saying the assistant's name. Aina's mic gets activated only when you swipe to activate the Voice assistant so there is no always-listening mode that may hinder your privacy.
3. VOICE ACTIVATED MODES
Aina takes custom Voice commands and enters into specific modes to control individual devices or services. Third parties will soon be able to make their own Modes for Aina. A few modes that are going to be part of the first version of Aina are:
- Slideshow Mode: Control slideshow by swiping up down left right on Aina.
- Smart Light mode: Control the intensity and color of smart bulbs using Aina for any device that can be controlled through IFTTT .
- Music Mode: Switch tracks on your phone using Aina, even if you are listening to music from Bluetooth speakers or wireless earphones connected to your phone.
- TV Remote Mode: Control your TV by swiping on Aina or by giving Voice commands. Works with FireTV and Sensy Remote.
4. SOUND ID
We have partnered with Lisnr Inc., a US company specializing in communication protocols using encrypted sound wherein two devices communicate with each other using near ultrasonic sound that is inaudible, encrypted and more secure than NFC(you can anyways paste an NFC sticker on Aina if you use it a lot). Applications of Sound based authentication are limitless, but we start with a few popular ones:
- POS Payments: Make payments at select POS terminals around the world just by waving your hand near the receiving device, cross check the amount on Aina and swipe up to approve the transaction.
- P2P Payments: Send money to your friend's phone in Digital Wallets that allow transactions via Sound based authentication.
- *Access Cards: Aina creates an encrypted Sound ID for you to access Metros, public transport services and Offices that accept Sound based authentication. Once you help us make Aina popular, we will try and get Sound based authentication installed in all major Public Transport services.
5. FITNESS TRACKING
Aina is fitness tracker packed with 6 axis Motion sensors to track your daily activity. Aina is specially designed to complement your office attire as opposed to typical Silicon band based fitness trackers.
- Step Counting
- Calorie tracking
6. TIME AND INTELLIGENT NOTIFICATIONS
Aina is the first ring that features a 200 DPI OLED Display. A display that is designed to always stay in your field of view, so you can see the time and check phone notifications even when you are driving, typing, writing or just sitting.
- Check Time
- Subtle Vibration Feedback for selected notifications
- Check Phone Notifications: You can select which applications you want notifications from and whenever a selected app's notification comes, Aina will vibrate and the app's icon will be displayed on its screen. You can see notifications from Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, Wechat, Line, SMS etc.
- AIUI and Notifications also work in sync, if you give Aina access to your notifications, AIUI will predict a shortcut for you based on the Notification.
Aina has been designed to complement your daily attire so you look great even when you are snapping your fingers like Thanos.
AINA SDK FOR DEVELOPERS
We will be opening Aina’s SDK for Third party developers in a few months so you can integrate Aina with your applications and devices. If you are an Android or iOS developer and want to get early access to the SDK, you can Pre Order Aina Developer Kit or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Aina Face dimensions: 26mm x 17mm x 6.5mm
- Weight of Current Prototype: 15gms/0.5 Oz
- Material: Precious Metal plating or Anodizing over Titanium Base
- Qualcomm SoC with Dual mode Bluetooth 5.0
- Dual Noise Cancelling Microphones
- Compatible with iOS and Android
- 50mAh Battery - 1.5-2.5* hours talktime, 36* hours standby
- 6 Axis motion sensor
- NFDS(Near Field Directional Sound) speaker unit(Patent Pending)
- OLED Edge Display- 200 dpi
- Vibration module
- 5V Charging Dock
- Water Resistance: Aina is SplashProof- IPX7
- Ring Size: We will send a sizing chart to you before we start shipping the rings.
Demo of Near Field Directional Sound using the final prototype of Aina Ring
Demo of Smart Home Control through Aina
Demo of Booking an Uber through Aina
Demo of Controlling Slides through Aina using Custom Google Assistant Voice Commands
A simulation of Paying through Aina using Sound ID
This demo uses a Low Speed Version(for startups) of Sound Authentication tech in a Sandbox mode(experimental mode) for a Payments app, we will upgrade to the High Speed version after this campaign and such a transaction would then take about 3 seconds.
The current prototype of Aina is 1.2x bigger than the final size of Aina, the main reason behind this is the absence of standard OLED displays of sizes that would fit inside Aina. The OLED Display used here is going to be replaced by a Custom made Curved OLED Display. The Charger Design shown here is not Final.
Aina is made by Lazy Co., a young Consumer Electronics Startup with offices in Bangalore and Delaware. We are a team of Product Designers, Engineers and Data Scientists who got tired of swiping, tapping and unlocking our phones for every other thing and set out to find an easier way to handle tasks that we do on a daily basis. We spent the last 2 years in Research and Development to devise the perfect solution incorporating the latest advancements in AI, Acoustics and Microelectronics to create Aina. Our Electronics partners in India and Taiwan have a cumulative experience of over 25 years in Electronics Product Development.
We started our Design process by studying the human body and its muscles to find out which would be the easiest motion in the human body that can be practically used to activate a shortcut. After a lot of Browsing the internet, user testing and surveys we figured blinking of eyes is too unreliable and Brain computer interfaces are still too far ahead, so we selected the next laziest motion the human body can perform- swiping the thumb over the index finger.
We started sketching for finger based wearables and came up with crazy ideas of what all the ring can do, we definitely wanted it to take phone calls that would make the ring usable for a task that we all do on a daily basis. But we also had to make sure that the form factor we are trying to come up with is possible to make using the technology available today.
So, while still in college finishing our major projects when we had no money at all, we started working on a Prototype of the ring using an RN52 Module and an Arduino Board and tested the use case of taking phone calls with the ring in addition to activating shortcuts through it.
The image below shows the first design of the ring we were making. We know its horrible, but our PCB design and chipset selection was not very optimized then, and we had no funds at all.
The first working prototype of the Metallic Ring was able to take phone calls and activate some shortcuts in the phone, the App was being made in parallel. This prototype helped us test the practical battery life of the device and helped us realize that its actually possible to make Aina.
After finishing our research about what sound technology we should use out of 3 different alternatives, we started developing the Prototype on Qualcomm's Dev Kits and took some sweet time learning how to use it. After months of testing and multiple attempts at getting the PCB right, we finally came up with this 3D printed prototype of Aina which was super slim and was functional enough to be exhibited at our College's Open Day. This was the first prototype that was able to let you take calls by placing your fingertips near your ear using NFDS.
The main Challenge of building Aina was to put all the hardware components inside the small form factor. Once we got that done, we started exploring all sorts of applications this device can used for, using only the sensors and components which we already have inside the ring. This was the time when Google launched Google Pay which used Sound based authentication and "Voila", we partnered with Lisnr, Inc. to make use of this crazy tech which was far more useful and secure than NFC.
We kept working on the Final ID of the ring and came up with a Unisex design that complements one's office attire. We initially wanted to keep a full screen display on Aina's top but the battery and size constraints didn't allow that. That is where AIUI helped, because of which you won't need to select a shortcut from a long list of applications viewed on a big screen, the shortcut you need just pops up at the right time on the Edge Display of Aina.
The Edge display was a crucial part of our Design, it was not just an aesthetic feature but it served a much bigger purpose of using the ring on a daily basis. Its strategically designed to be in your field of view when your hands are in a neutral or natural position if you are resting or doing a regular activity while sitting.
We are already working with EMS companies in India and Taiwan to develop our Prototypes. Once we get an estimate of the number of units to be produced after this campaign, we will be raising further investments, complete the final testing and start the manufacturing process.
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Risks and challenges
Our team has been testing, prototyping and refining the design of Aina for the last 2 years and we will make sure that Aina is manufactured with a relentless attention to detail with seamless functionality of our proposed applications.
Creating the Final Prototype of Aina in the current form factor to launch this Crowdfunding campaign took us through many ups and downs of being an early stage Consumer Electronics company, but thanks to all this experience, our team is now well prepared, we have stronger partnerships with verified Consultants and Manufacturers in place and are well prepared for any potential challenges we may have to face to bring Aina to you. That being said, as we work with many third parties for some features of Aina, there are factors that may not be in our control which may affect the accuracy of the proposed features, regardless, we will keep you updated about Aina’s progress at every stage and try our best to stick to our plan.
Through our prototyping process and by working with our experienced manufacturing partners, we have identified as many potential design roadblocks. However, we want our backers and friends to know that as we finalize the design of Aina and move into mass production, the product’s details may evolve. Any changes we make will be done through the lens of delivering the highest quality product possible. Our commitment is to keep you updated on any and all changes that we would bring to Aina’s design and features.
We state that fullfilment will commence by January 2020. This ship date accounts for as many worst-case scenarios as possible that we can foresee currently, and we are closely overseeing the process to ensure this timeline to get Aina on your hand. However, it is not possible to account for every future scenario that we may come across. Our team works closely with all partners to identify and address schedule risks, and we will keep you updated on any adjustments to the delivery schedule. At the end of the day, our goal is to deliver the best quality product into your hands which you would love to use.
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