Hicon smart bangle keeps you tethered to social networks, with alerts shown on your wrist
There is a new device in the works that aims to keep eyes off smartphones but still caters to the social media addicts of the world. It's called Hicon.
Described as a smart bangle/bracelet/wristband, Hicon is a wearable device that just launched on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. It doesn't try to track calories or let you place phone calls. It simply tethers you to every type of social networks imaginable. From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, WhatsApp, and more, you can view alerts for all your social notifications on your wrist.
Customised icons represent all your social networks. All you have to do is pick and choose which ones you want to embed into your wristband. Alerts will automatically pipe from your smartphone to your Hicon in real-time. The bracelet will light up and vibrate every time you receive an alert. It will also go off if near someone with a similarly arranged bracelet, in the hopes that you will make a physical connection with that person.
And if you do actually spark up a conversation with another Hicon wearer outside of the virtual world of social networks, you can simply shake hands with him or her to transfer information like friend requests between bracelets. Hicon is 100 per cent water-proof, sand-proof, and shock-proof as well - so you can wear it at the beach, when hiking, or in the comfort of your own living room.
The Hicon and its mobile app connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Beyond social networks, you will also get alerts for mail messages, phone calls, battery life, etc. The bracelet is made of a silicone material and available in many colours and textures. You can also get interchangeable social network icons and smartphone notification icons.
Of course in order to get any of this you'll need to back Hicon on Indiegogo. Plege $49 and you'll get Hicon at 45 per cent off the retail price ($89). If you're ordering from Europe, you'll have to pay $15 more. Available colours include Light, Dark, and Placid Blue.
Hicon is expected to start shipping in November. Watch the video above for more details. A gallery of pictures is also below.