Experience faster easier communication. Onyx combines the simplicity of walkie talkies with the power of your data-enabled smartphone to deliver effortless, instant communication across any distance. Talk to as many people as you want at the same time with the simple touch of a button. Onyx is a sleek, lightweight communication device that helps you talk with your favorite people (who have Onyx) while leaving your phone in your pocket or bag. Simply pair Onyx with your phone, import your contacts to our free app, invite them to a group, and press and hold Onyx to talk. No limits on channels or distance, as long as everyone using it has internet access via their phone.
From the Manufacturer
Stay in touch with your friends, family and colleagues without missing a beat. Eliminate frustrations of trying to reach multiple people through phone calls or urgent texts. Onyx provides group conversations at the touch of a button, without the distraction of a phone screen, no matter how spread out you are. Keeping in touch across any distance is simpler and quicker with Onyx and the Orion Labs app.
If you’ve used walkie talkies, you’ve probably experienced some frustrations: limited range and limited channels. Onyx works across any distance, as long as everyone using it has internet access via their phone. The Orion Labs app allows you to create as many groups as you want, with as many people as you want. Give the groups descriptive names (Cycling Group, Family Reunion, Wedding Party, etc.) instead of having to memorize channel numbers.
Onyx delivers high quality sound with a full-range speaker and dual microphones. Speak into your Onyx, and your voice comes out of your friends’ Onyx.
Onyx is a wearable accessory and easily clips on; wear it on your shirt, bag strap or necklace, where it can pick up your voice when you’re talking.
The headphone jack means you can plug in your headphones (not included) when you want to have private conversations. Easily set Onyx to silent mode (twist the face) when you don’t want to be disturbed.
In the Box: 2 Onyx devices, 2 micro-usb charging cables, 2 travel pouches, and a gift box so you can share with a friend. Each Onyx comes with: dual microphones, speaker, volume control, headphone port (3.5mm), rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, 5 LED status indicator lights, stainless steel clip, and dust-tight, gloss finish thermoplastic face and body. Phone compatibility: iPhone 4s and up (must be running iOS9 and above), iPod touch 5/6 (must be running iOS8 and above), leading Android smartphones running 4.4 (KitKat) and up.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Instant voice communication
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Being volunteer firefighters and EMTs, we felt there was a better way to communicate than walkie talkies and walkie talkie apps. We created Onyx to make an easier way to talk to people with the same immediacy as a walkie talkie, but in a form factor and new experience people would be excited to use, and limited only by the limits of the internet.
What makes your product special?
Onyx is the first wearable of its kind, putting the power of voice communication at your fingertips in a small, stylish device. With Onyx and the Orion app, we’ve combined wearables + messaging + voice services into the revolutionary new way to communicate and coordinate with your favorite people while staying mindful and in the moment.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
We love seeing people discover new and inventive ways to use Onyx to keep in touch and have fun while doing it. It’s that ah-ha moment where people see the power of voice and see how Onyx makes communicating so much easier, especially when you would rather be focusing on the people and things going on around you, instead of getting buried in your phone screen.