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Haloband brings smartphone functions to the wrist

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January 13, 2014

The Haloband uses NFC technology and a companion app to allow users can control their smar...

The Haloband uses NFC technology and a companion app to allow users can control their smartphones by tapping them with different points on the band

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From lifestyle monitors to UV detectors, recently we have seen an array of connected wristbands emerge to serve a variety of purposes. In a similar vein, the Haloband is designed to put the convenience of technology within arms reach, but does so by extending the functionality of a smartphone to your wrist.

The device uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and a companion app through which users can control their smartphones by tapping them with different parts of the band. The company used surgical-grade silicone to house three units each comprising a chip, an antenna coil, PET substrate, adhesive and backing paper at separate points around the band, dividing it into three sections (A, B and the CloudZone).

Using the app, the device is able to be customized by assigning different move sets to various smartphone functions. For example, "Tap A + B" can be set to pause music playback, or "Tap A x 2" can be set to turn on the flashlight. The company says the functions of the Haloband are only limited to that of your phone, provided of course it is NFC-capable.

With sections A and B to be used to control the smartphone, the CloudZone is intended, as the name suggests, to work as a cloud service dedicated to identity authentication and information exchange. The company says this is currently being refined and it plans on opening up the Application Programming Interface (API) to developers in anticipation of products and services, such as smart keys and cloud payments.

According to the company, the Haloband is waterproof and does not require a separate battery, nor will it drain the battery of your smartphone. It will come in black, purple, red, yellow, green, blue and white, and in five sizes measuring between 16 cm (6.3 in) and 22 cm (8.7 in). The weight will vary in accordance with its size, anywhere between 10 g (0.35 oz) and 15 g (0.5 oz).

The device is compatible with Android NFC phones and tablets (no iOS support, yet) and is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign due to draw to a close on January 16. At the time of writing, $US25 pledges are available with shipping estimated for February 2014.

You can watch Haloband's Kickstarter video below.

Source: Haloband

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Nick Lavars Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. He now writes for Gizmag, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, Melbourne's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches.   All articles by Nick Lavars
3 Comments

I can't differentiate this between the actual NFC bands...:( may be i guess, it houses 3 nfc tags in one band...but other than that it's just another NFC features...If i missed some thing, kindly enlighten me...

I can get better functions with traditional NFC Tags/NFC Bands/NFC Key-chains costing very cheap(about $1 to $6)...and add an app called Trigger to my android...:) :)

Rambo
14th January, 2014 @ 02:16 pm PST

Rambo, I just checked out the app Trigger and it looks like something I want to try out. Thanks!

Paul Anthony
15th January, 2014 @ 08:24 am PST

I think this is a great idea. As much as you might think that you could setup your own triggers and all, the fact is that the bracelet has the chips in it already. And the developers app would simplify the whole process. Not to mention give you uses you may never have even thought of. I like it. The only problem I have after looking at there website is the price. I would only hope that would come down after they get their production going.

Snatr
19th January, 2014 @ 11:50 pm PST
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