Bracelet offers cutting-edge engagement with your smartphone
Happic keeps you connected, but not attached, to your phone.
Most of us are married to our smartphones. We're constantly glancing at them, to see if there's a missed call, text or email; to play with one of our many apps; or in search of directions to wherever we're headed at the moment. But what if we could gain a semblance of control over our relationship to our phones by filtering out the noise and limiting the glances?
Happic allows you to do just that. The bracelet is the brainchild of Made in Sense, a company with offices in Hong Kong, Israel and London. The wearable device acts as sort of a sentry for your smartphone, using inlaid sensors that vibrate to notify you of incoming data. You're able to customize the vibrations according to contacts, so, for example, if you're waiting for a text from a buddy, you can set the vibrations accordingly. You can also sync it with your apps in much the same way.
"It lets you focus on what's important for you. You don't have to reach out to your phone every time it beeps," Gilad Reshef, Happic's Israeli co-founder, told From The Grapevine. "There's so much information now, Happic allows people to focus and to focus on what's most important to them."
Reshef is also quick to note the safety benefits of the bracelet. It mitigates the hazards associated with driving and using a cell phone, and it can act as a navigation device, alerting you to impending turns without you having to take your eyes off the road to glance down at the screen.
"The main point is how you can get meaningful information without having to look at a display every time you want it," Reshef added. "We want to give users a screen-free experience that lets them decide when to use the screen."
What's more, you can also sync it with your phone's camera, so a flick of the wrist is essentially all you need to take a snapshot.
"I think the best way to explain it is by comparing mono and surround sound. If you are playing music out of one speaker, even if it's a great speaker, it won't sound as good as if it's coming from multiple speakers. The same idea applies to Happic. When you have more channels and more data, you can experience more and in different, better ways."
Though not expected to ship until early 2016, the device is available for pre-order now on the Happic website.
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