Kickstarter projects often result in lots of cool gadgets, and the latest one to grab a lot of attention is a bracelet called EMBRACE+. The bracelet pairs with your phone via Bluetooth and glows and flashes in various colours to notify you of missed calls, messages, alerts and more. The gadget's Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $50,000 so far and will need to reach their target of $220,000 by March 23 for the developers to be funded.
EMBRACE+ uses an optical fiber inside a band to light up. The developers say the gadget flashes each time there is an activity a user should take notice of. Users will be able to set different colours for incoming calls from their parents, colleagues, friends, etc. The gadget can notify you of incoming calls (specific contacts or groups), text messages, calendar alerts, alarms, timers, email, low battery and even if your phone is out of network coverage. It will also flash to notify you of alerts and notifications from a number of apps, including Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn and Skype. The developers are considering the possibility of adding WhatsApp, Ruzzle and Vine to the gadget's compatibility roster.
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The EMBRACE+ designers claim that despite it being a bracelet, its aesthetics “form a universal shape that fits nicely with men and women.” They state that the material used to make the bracelet is soft and very light. They currently have three designs, namely Topaz, Beryl and Opal. All three designs have the same dimensions—8mm thick at the top, 5.4mm thick at the bottom and 12mm wide.
There will also be an EMBRACE+ app for iPhone and Android that will provide you with a colour wheel. You may be able to customise a notification with one or two colours, set the number of blinks, duration of each blink, speed interval, the brightness of the light and even set it to vibrate for a short duration with the first blink.
The EMBRACE+ Android app
Additionally, users can save and name any number of profiles and switch between them. A profile scheduler to automatically adjust a user's active profile depending on the time is also promised.
The developers say EMBRACE+ will last for up to 10 days (100 notifications per-day basis, with each notification a total of 6 seconds on medium brightness) on a single charge. It will come with a USB charging cable that can be connected to a laptop or any regular charging adapter with a USB port. Interestingly, they state the time required to completely charge the battery via a laptop is only 10 minutes.
The app will work with any mobile phone that uses Android 2.3 and up and iOS 5 or 6.