The seeds for Ory Laboratory was planted in 1998 when our CEO was unable to attend school due to a weak constitution and being hospitalized on and off for 3 years. If not for this experience our CEO would not have gone to a high school with robot programming classes and later on in 2007 he joined Waseda Universities robot research program. His goal was to use technology to ease the life of people who were not able to participate in the normal social sphere, be it work or socializing. The participation in the robot research program was the start of Ory Laboratory with the birth of the first OriHime unit, which came to be thanks to meeting our CFO, she was also the ultimate driving force behind making our CEO`s vision into an actual business. Joining the team last but not least was our CIO and his skills within programming was a necessity to turning our dream of technology bridging the gap between people a reality. The first OriHime became a reality in 2010 and Ory Laboratory came into being in 2012, since then we have been working together with our Users to create better versions of OriHime, this collaboration style has also lead to the creation of other products and ultimately shaping the company and our goals.
When it came to the naming of OriHime several ideas were thrown into the mix but ultimately the combination of our CEO`s nickname Ory, from his hobby of folding origami, and our CFO`s nickname Hime, the alternative reading of one of the kanji in her name. Put together as OriHime not only does this refer to them but it also hints at the legend of the starweaver Orihime. According to the legend the star princess Orihime fell in love with the star cow herder Hikoboshi, alternatively know as the stars Altea and Vega. They shared a great love story and spent many happy days together, but this lead Orihime to stop weaving and the Hikoboshi to not care for his herd, due to the inevitable chaos that this created, ultimately this secret love between the two became known to Orihime’s father, the star king. Firstly love between a simply cow herder and a princess was unheard of and this greatly angered her father leading him to separate the two by creating the milky way, a river of stars so broad and the stream so strong that neither of them could cross it without risking their lives. Undeniably this lead to more chaos, Orihime became so depressed that she stop weaving al together and Hikoboshi let his cows run free, in light of the chaos the king had created he allowed the young couple to meet once a year as long as the weather was sunny and they upheld their duties throughout the year. So it came to be that on the 7th day of the 7th month if the weather is good that the young couple meet and share their love. In Japan this legend is celebrated as the festival Tanabata, on this day the Japanese pray for good weather so the lovers can meet and at the same time they decorate bamboo branches with colourful pieces of paper which have wishes and hopes for the next year written on them. Our wish and hope for OriHime is that she will enable people to grow and create a social sphere that allows them to fight against the loneliness that is permeating our current world.