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Added 29 October, 2013

Wearable computing trend: Bracelet lets you feel your loved one's touch

Most of the wearable computers we've covered so far let their wearers track their body's rhythms for health and sport. Bracelets like the Nike Fuelband can monitor heart rates and activity levels. Now comes something different. Bond, is a tiny module that is integrated into a bracelet or pendant. You wear one and your friend wears the other one. When either one is touched, your friend feels it, anywhere on the globe. How does it work? The bracelet pairs with your mobile device, so you have to be connected to a network or WiFi. The touches are beamed from an app on your mobile to your bracelet, via Bluetooth. It's not the first time we've heard of a social network for two. Pair is an app that works kind of like this, but only on your phone; you don't wear it. Bond is currently raising capital on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. From a trends perspective, it is in the right place at the right time, riding the wave of wearable electronics. While we don't think that Bond itself will be a big hit, we do think that this technology will be integrated into other bracelet computers; ones that do a whole lot more as well.
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