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Wheelings & Dealings: Orion Snags $9Mn for Voice-First Comms

February 18, 2016

Screen time may dominate our lives these days, but a funding announcement shows that good old-fashioned audio still has a place with humanity. Orion Labs today announced that it has secured $9 million in new financing from Avalon Ventures and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, for its line of two-way radios and messaging products.

Orion, which began live in 2013, creates group voice communication accessories, built to be used without the distraction of a screen.

“We built Orion to encourage a world powered by voice,” said Orion founder and CEO Jesse Robbins. “This funding round affirms our vision to propel voice communication into the future with innovative technology that complements the lifestyles of our growing community of users and potential partners.”

Using Orion, groups of people can talk to each other throughout the day, anywhere in the world, while being physically engaged in the moment.

“Consumer wearable devices have the potential to transform the way people communicate,” said Paul Steinberg, Motorola Solutions CTO. “Orion’s team, products, and technology are at the forefront of innovation in this exciting space. Our strategic investment highlights Motorola Solutions’ commitment to innovation around smart wearable devices. ”

With this round, San Francisco-based Orion has now raised $16.25 million in funding. The company said that it will use the funding to further build out its research and development, engineering and marketing capabilities. This new round of funding will fuel market expansion, company growth and product innovation.

“Orion’s core belief is that you should be able to communicate with people who aren’t by your side, without yelling or getting distracted by your phone, giving you more time and ability to focus on the moments and people around you,” the company said. “The Orion experience connects people in conversation across any distance as though they were in the same room.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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