Two Seattle friends want to fix that problem with a geeked-out wristband.
It’s called Embrace+ and the month-long Kickstarter project just launched Wednesday. The idea is simple: a fashion accessory that wirelessly connects to your smartphone and notifies you of incoming calls, texts, email, social media messages, calendar updates, etc.
It even works in the shower.
“Embrace+ is really something special because it is so simple and looks like a fashion accessory, but has the functionality of a device,” said co-founder Rudi Beijnen.
Beijnen and Paul Hornikx are the men behind this. Hornikx was a product engineer at Microsoft for eight years and now works at VentureTech, while Beijnen trades and sources consumer electronics.
Back in 2011, Beijnen first thought of the idea to make a bracelet with an optical fiber in the band to make a glowing effect. Then he started talking to Nornikx about it, and Embrace+ was born.
The wristband allows you to customize notifications with glowing colors. For example, a message from your significant other could be blue and a message from your boss could be red.
There are a lot of other neat features. You can further customize a notification with one color or two different colors and set the number of blinks, the duration of each blink, the speed interval, the lighting brightness, and vibration depending on the type of notification.
The app, made for iOS and Android, connects to the wristband via bluetooth and features an RGB color wheel that allows for unlimited color options. Embrace+ also has a profile scheduler, so you can change profiles depending on what you’re doing: work, lecture, nightlife, workout, etc.
There are three different designs of the Embrace+ with three sizes for each. The wristband material is customizable and the battery inside the wristband lasts 10 days based on an average of 100 notifications per day. It only takes 10 minutes to recharge the battery.
High-tech wristbands have made headlines for a while now, and just today we wrote about a potential iWatch from Apple. There are also internet-connected smartwatches like Pebble and CooKoo out there. Embrace+ will differentiate itself with simplicity and a lower price point.
They’ve set a funding goal of $220,000 to cover the costs of tooling, molding, app design, licensing and certification.
“If we achieve the funding goal, we will bring a product that will be amazing and looks beautiful,” promises Beijnen.
For those who want to always stay connected, this might be your fashionable answer.
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