Everyone wants to be close to their loved ones. But sometimes there’s just too much distance. It becomes impossible to hold that one special person. Until now. HEY bracelet lets you feel your loved one, no matter the distance. It’s the first wearable that mimics a real human touch. Not with a mechanical vibration or buzzing sensation, but an actual gentle squeeze. HEY will forever change the way people stay in contact. The stylish wearable makes technology meaningful and is a welcome addition to ‘old fashioned’ text and video communication.
HEY is completely fulfilled on Kickstarter and was featured in media pundits from all around the world. This success shows that people want to make communication more intimate and personal. Something we also strongly believe in. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve already started preparing for production and are now able to take the final steps. We can’t wait to start sending out the first HEY bracelets. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay updated.
“Yay fully funded! Visited my boyfriend last week and saying goodbye reminded me just how badly I want these.” Elizabeth Rachael Martin (backer)
“It feels really natural. A gentle little squeeze coming from my boyfriend can make a world of difference”Laura, Student MIT
HEY adds a completely new dimension to relationships. From now on you are always closely connected to your beloved without others noticing. You're always there, wherever they are. HEY creates an exclusive bond between the two wearers. Lovers, parents and children, friends or anyone who wants to stay connected through touch.
HEY comes as a set: two bracelets that are linked to each other via Bluetooth and an app on your smartphone. By softly squeezing your personal HEY your beloved one will experience your touch like you’re really there.
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A touch is worth a 1000 words. It's small gesture with great impact. With HEY you use a simple touch to let someone know you're thinking of him/her. Your tiny squeeze can be comforting, motivating or funny.
Plus, the message is always intimate and private. You are the only one noticing the subtle touch message around your wrist. When you get a message on HEY you know it's from the most important person in the world, exclusively for you.
Your closest friends, family members and loved ones are never far away. Even when your physically miles apart, they remain in your mind at all times. You probably know exactly what they’re doing. Maybe they're watching a thrilling scene in Game of Thrones, getting ready for a job interview, waiting for a school exam… Especially during these moments you want to let them know you’re close by their side. ‘HEY, I’m there with you.’ But of course you don’t need a specific moment or occasion. It’s always nice to stay in touch.
HEY is more than a wearable. It's a an interactive piece of jewelry. A perfect gift that's beautiful and stylish but also meaningful. Literally something to remember each other by.
Designed for both men and women HEY fits perfectly around your wrist. Besides that, the bracelet is a distinguished accessory that adds a subtle touch to every outfit.
HEY is the ultimate gift to someone you like to stay connected with. It's a great way to express your feelings. Great for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, a birthday or maybe even a marriage. HEY is for everyone who wants to maintain a special connection with a special person.
The way HEY works is as simple as it’s effective. The bracelet incorporates advanced technology that communicates through Bluetooth with your smartphone. The clever design ensures that you never send a touch accidentally. The bracelet must be touched in two places to send a message. This touch is transferred directly to your phone and from there to the connected HEY bracelet anywhere in the world. HEY is weather proof and after only 30 minutes of charging it keeps you in touch for up to three weeks!
Via Bluetooth HEY is connected to an app on your smartphone. This app makes sure al your little squeezes reach the other bracelet directly. It also helps you pair the bracelets easily, fast and without any hassle. And last but not least it keeps track of your love stats. For instance the distance between you and your loved one or the last time you were together. If desired, these features can be turned off. In the future new features will be added to the app.
The HEY app will be available for Android and iOS.
“It adds something to our daily Skyping and texting. It’s another way to stay in touch with each other”Sanny Is abroad alot because of her job
“Not seeing my boyfriend for 6 months will be hard. HEY will definitely make it a little bit easier.”Meike Plans on studying abroad next year
“Sometimes you just need to know that someone is thinking about you, without having to say anything else”Sergio In a long distance relationship with his partner and family
HEY is developed in close collaboration with Gijs Huisman, from the University of Twente. He's an expert in the field of Social Touch Technology and has been researching haptic technology (touch by tech) for five years now.
Huisman: “From a simple touch like squeezing someone’s hand, to hugging, social touch is important in the way we maintain healthy and happy social relationships with the people that we care about most.”
“Current academic research has investigated the use of technology for providing people with a sense of social touch at a distance. Such technology has been found to produce effects that are comparable with actual social touch in certain situations, and may therefore be a valuable addition to communication at a distance. Unfortunately, such devices usually remain prototypes, and are not available for use by the general public. That is, until now.”
“Social touch is important in the way we maintain healthy and happy social relationships”Gijs Huisman – Expert Social Touch Technology
It all started with a question: how can touch be transferred over long distances? In our laboratory we tested and tinkered. We brought in the help of experienced product designers, brand experts and even professors. Two years later HEY has reached its final development and is being prepared for Pre-orders.
What do you think of HEY? Do you have any suggestions for the smart bracelet or possible new features in the app? Please let us know. We care a lot about privacy (and intimacy). So we will not collect any of your personal data unless you explicitly give us permission to do so. Thanks very much.Get in touch