Seattle startup Gemio will enter the smart jewelry market in 2016, targeting fashion- and tech-conscious teens with Bluetooth-enabled friendship bracelets they can pretty much design themselves online. The bracelet’s “gem optics” sparkle or flicker (your choice) and can be controlled remotely by a smart phone—you know, if you leave it in the locker room or somewhere. You can also set the bracelet to provide a mini light show when you greet another wearer with a high-five or less exuberant equivalent. Friends can pair their bracelets, which will then tell you when someone you know is nearby.
Actually, the Gemio’s design specs look good. The bracelet is very customizable and there are a variety of looks and styles, which look to be appealing to both sexes. There’s also a feature that allows you to point the device at what you’re wearing to get matching colors. God forbid your tech should clash.
You can pre-order Gemio bracelets in November. It’s not only an attractive accessory, but comes at an attractive price—$69 to $99.