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.
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.