Vibrating Bluetooth bracelet gets call display

The gadget guys at Japan's Thanko have updated a Bluetooth bracelet that vibrates when your phone gets a call. Now it has an LCD screen with call display.

Thanko

Missing calls? Maybe the ringtone or vibration on your phone doesn't cut it. Well, the gadget-mongers at Japan's Thanko have a new bracelet that not only vibrates when someone's calling--it displays their number.

The Bluetooth Bracelet is an improvement on the BluAlert Vibrating Bluetooth Wristband . The slender LCD panel displays the time, serving as a watch, as well as the caller's number when you get a call.

It sits right on your wrist, so you'll feel the vibration through your skin and bones if your phone is in your briefcase or pocket. It's more discrete than a headset, though it lacks a microphone that would allow you to look like a Secret Service agent.

A neat bonus function is that the bracelet will vibrate if you forget your phone somewhere and get more than 33 feet away from it.

Thanko's bracelet comes in two versions--with the LCD panel (1.3 ounces, about $44), and without the LCD panel but with an LED (0.8 ounce, about $33). Both take about 3 hours to charge and run for about 60 hours.

(Via Akihabara News)

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Crave freelancer Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots." He has been writing about Japanese culture and technology for a decade. E-mail Tim.

 

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