EYE ON INNOVATION: Jewelbots Bring Bracelets Up To Code

Compared to a sleek Apple Watch or a sporty Fitbit, the Jewelbot charm bracelet looks rather primitive, says Wired Magazine. Basically, the bracelet, which is intended for tween and teen girls, is a semi-clear, plastic flower charm that slides onto a hair tie-like elastic bracelet.

But look beyond form to function on this one, says Wired, which calls the bracelet an example of “some truly fresh thinking about wearable technology.”

As Jewelbots’ creators contend, these technology-enhanced, programmable wristlets are “friendship bracelets for the iPhone era” that teach girls to code in a fun, engaging way. The charms talk to each other over Bluetooth, and using a Jewelbots smart-phone app, youngsters can program their charms to vibrate or light up when their friends are nearby.

The open-source software exposes users to the possibilities of coding in a fresh way. Using basic engineering logic, girls can program their Jewelbots “to do just about anything they — and their besties-turned-collaborators — dream up, opening their minds to STEM during an age when many lose interest,” according to the Jewelbots’ website.

For example, a wearer can program the bracelet to light up when she gets an Instagram follower, or when she gets a text from mom or her favorite show is about to start.

Beyond Wired Magazine, Jewelbots’ creators have found a number of other fans — namely, Kickstarter supporters. In early August, Jewelbots’ Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of nearly $170,000, garnered from more than 1,800 backers.

Though no date has been announced, product creators say that these digital charm bracelets should be arriving soon to the marketplace.

Have a young daughter or niece who might like coding? Visit Jewelbots’ website for more information.

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