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Still sending love letters? Join the 21st century: According to the creators of BOND, the future of communicating with your long-distance lover might be through phone-transmitted vibrations. Like a high-tech friendship necklace, each lover (or friend, family member, well-loved pet, etc.) wears one half of a pair of bracelets or pendants. The devices sync up with an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth. When one person touches their bracelet or pendant, it transmits a vibration (lasting between one and five seconds) to the other person’s device, whether they’re across the room or across the globe. The lovey-dovey technology is also compatible with Google Maps, so users can literally see where loved ones are. BOND is currently fundraising on Kickstarter. The campaign, which is running from October 23 to December 3, has already raised $5,505 of its $150,000 goal.
Sending a vibration across the country sounds silly, but research shows that physical touching can strengthen communication and attachment between people — important stuff for romantic relationships Predictors of satisfaction in geographically close and long-distance relationships. Lee JY, Pistole MC. Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, Indiana, USA. The Journal of Counseling Psychology. 2012 April; 59(2):303-13.. Can a vibration replace a good old-fashioned hug or kiss? No way. But nearly any form of technology that brings long-distance loved ones together physically is a step in the right direction.