Woodenshark, creators of TV ambient light system Lightpack, is announcing the launch of another Kickstarter campaign to fund TapTap – a wristband designed to keep in touch with your significant other long distance.
According to recent stats, there are over 15 million people in long-distance relationships in the US alone. This is especially true for the tech-savvy youth: over a third of college students live far from their partners. 10% of current American marriages started as long-distance relationships
TapTap senses your “taps” and instantly transmits them to the paired wristband worn by that special someone – even if they’re halfway around the world. It’s that simple – you tap one TapTap, the other one vibrates. TapTap opens endless possibilities for creating special signals to enrich your long-distance relationship.
TapTap takes pride in its deliberate rejection of integrating with social networks. “We’ve decided to go post-social and make TapTap communications very private,” says Dmitry Gorilovsky, the founder of Woodenshark. All communications between paired TapTaps are fully encrypted, and none of your information will be stored.
Developers can use open SDK and built-in sensors to create apps for TapTap, such as smart alarms, activity trackers and gesture controllers for gaming. Some apps like RunKeeper are supported out of the box.
TapTaps are sold in pairs for $130 and can be delivered separately in your colors of choice. They are paired via Bluetooth with your smartphone. All that’s left to do is install the app from the respective store and provide the email addresses of you and your partner. Both Android (with Bluetooth 2.1 and above) and iPhone (4S and newer) are supported. TapTap weighs just one ounce (30 grams) and lasts about 6 to 8 days off a single battery charge.
- Dimensions 1.9×0.7×0.5 in (49x18x12 mm), wristband width 24mm
- Weight 1 oz (30g)
- Battery 80 mAh
- Up to 7 days of use on a single charge
- Charging time 80 min
- Bluetooth 2.1 and 4.0 Smart (Low Energy)
- Smartphone compatibility: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and above, any Android Smartphone with bluetooth 2.1 and above
We are not sure what advantage this would serve over a simple text message, phone call or email but one thing we have learned is that everyone’s needs are different and there is no doubt people like this idea as the campaign has over $17,000 already raised. The Kickstarter campaign launches today and will last till November 22nd. The goal is to raise $130,000 to begin mass-production and deliver first TapTaps in April 2014. Click the Kickstarter Logo below to see the campaign.