By Pankaj Kumar
Technology is evolving, so does social media. Why do you have to confine your social media interaction to your desktop or pocket? It’s time to wear it on your wrist for all the world to see and potentially interact with. That’s the thrust of the hicon, a unique colorful bracelet with small buttons linked to your social media accounts. This smart bracelet allows you to socialize with people who share the same interest and updates you on the events of your social networks.
The hicon calls itself “The Social Bangle”, and that pretty much sums it up. It is a waterproof silicone bracelet that’s spotted with six interchangeable notification icon for your social media accounts, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The corresponding button on the bracelet lights up and gently vibrates in real time, when you receive a smartphone alert for one of your social networks. The notification can be dismissed with the shake of the wrist. It brings online social networking to the physical space. Information could be transferred between devices with a simple hand shake. It even helps to locates misplaced phone.The bracelet is also intended to enhance the real world social interaction of the wearer. For example, when a wearer with similar interests (as indicated in the mobile app) is nearby, the hicon will light up and act as a not-so-discreet wingman. Wearer can exchange and share contacts, references, common interests and passions and generate new communities with the other users in vicinity. The hicon is compatible with Android and iOS devices and it uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE to stay connected with your smartphone. According to the developers, it can be used for about 14 days on a full charge and it takes 40 minutes to charge via a USB connection to a laptop. The hicon is available in six colors: dark, light, Placid Blu, Violet Tulip, Freesia and Celosia Orange. Supporters of its Indiegogo campaign have access to a limited-edition Hemlock version. It is scheduled to be mass produced and shipped in October or November of this year.