By Suzannah Weiss. Photos: Courtesy of HEY.
When you're in a long-distance relationship, you sometimes have to get creative about making the bond between you and your partner feel as real as possible. Some couples might wear something that reminds them of each other. Others might take advantage of technology to stay in touch. HEY, a new bracelet, allows you to do both of those things at once.
The gadget looks like a watch, but it does way more. When your partner touches their bracelet in two spots, your corresponding bracelet squeezes your wrist as if it was their fingers touching you. The accessories connect via Bluetooth to one another and to an app, where the touch signal gets sent before reaching your partner. The app also keeps track of the distance between the two of you and the time you spend together.
The bracelets come in two color schemes—white with rose gold and anthracite with black—and the creators are planning to add more options. And while they're perfect for couples, we're thinking there's no reason you couldn't get one for a friend and call it the most technologically-advanced friendship bracelet ever.
"From a simple touch like squeezing someone’s hand, to hugging, social touch is important in the way we maintain healthy and happy social relationships with the people that we care about most," University of Twente professor and a Social Touch Technology expert Gijs Huisman, who collaborated on the project, said on its Kickstarter page.
After raising over $140,000 on Kickstarter, HEY will be shipping to customers around August. You can get two for $88 (or $79 if you make the "early bird" cutoff).
In the meantime, if you need some technological assistance to survive your LDR, you can try an app like Couple, which provides a digital space for you two to share words and pictures, or Happy Couple, which teaches you about each other through quizzes. And if you want to feel like they're right next to you, you can get a sex toy like a LoveSense or WeVibe vibrator that can be controlled from a distance, or a Kissinger, a machine just for transmitting kisses. We may not have anything quite like being together IRL yet, but we're sure getting close.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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