Gemio, described by its makers as "a social wearable for teens", is now up for pre-order at special early bird prices starting at $80. Think of it as like a friendship bracelet that's totally for the twenty-tens.
Using Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity and a mesh network, wearers are able to pair up their Gemio bands using gestures such as high-fives and handshakes. Once paired, Gemio alerts its user to their friends' proximity using the detachable gems, which can be programmed with light effects from a palette of millions of colours.
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Gemio wearers can also send their pals messages using the connected smartphone app, with different colours and lighting patterns able to represent different messages. It joins JewelBots and Linkitz in appealing to girls looking for fun tech accessories that help them to keep up with their mates.
The band itself is highly customisable, not just through the light patterns and detachable gems, which you design through the Gemio Design Studio app – it also comes in a range of colours and styles.
The Gemio Signature bracelet is available to buy for $80 (RRP $120) with prices rising to $85 (RRP $125) for Gemio's Designer collection and $95 (RRP $148) for the Bling gemstone bracelet. Delivery is set for spring 2016.
The gem sets for the Bling range are interchangeable and cost $25 each at pre-order (on top of the bracelet price), rising to $35. They are made up of cubic zirconia baguettes in various colours and tones.
"What matters to teens is self-expression. They are creative and innovative and want to design their own look. Today's teens don't buy brands, they are the brand," said Michael Bettua, Gemio CEO.
"Gemio is the future of connected jewellery for teens, combining beautiful light effects and personalized design. It's like no wearable you've seen before. Gemio sparkles with the twist of a wrist, or point it at an outfit and it changes colours to match."
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