Wearable tech is the hot buzzword these days, but it usually means smartwatches, eyewear, a smart helmet or smart clothing. There are a few rings that I have seen so far (the Mota smart ring comes to mind), but one company has expanded the concept to making connected jewelry versatile. Cuff Smart Jewelry can come in pendants, bracelets, key chains or any combination of the three. And, in a package that’s attractive to a woman’s fashion sense. The complaint most heard from women about wearables is that they usually look masculine.
What sets Cuff jewelry apart is a small device called a CuffLinc that inserts into a piece of jewelry. It connects directly to an iPhone or Android app and allows you to stay in touch with family and friends, monitor your fitness and send emergency alerts to your loved ones. A CuffLinc module can be inserted into an assortment of pendants, bracelets or key chains, making that piece of jewelry “smart”, allowing it to receive and send notifications. It connects via Bluetooth 4.0, is waterproof and has a year-long battery.
The main functions of Cuff are security and notifications. Pressing a button can notify those who you’ve designated as you first-responders that you’re in trouble. You can also trigger a microphone at your end to allow them to hear you in real time. If the user receiving the notification has a Cuff, their Cuff will vibrate. If not, their phone will receive a push notification giving the sender’s location. The app also holds personal and medical information, such as blood type and health issues. In addition, it will allow you to designate whose notifications your phone will allow to vibrate your Cuff at a given time. If you’re in an important meeting with your phone put away, but would like you family members to be able to reach you in an emergency, you can set it to trigger only when they are calling.
The CuffLinc can also be programmed to send five distinct messages using five different pre-programmed Cuff presses. For example, two quick presses could signal to your husband that you’re on your way home. Or three quick presses could send a message to your daughter’s Cuff app to turn on her phone. The user decides what notifications get assigned to specific presses. The jewelry isn’t really expensive either. The jewelry on the Cuff website, generally cost from $50 to $150, depending upon the design, with the CuffLinc included. The video below gives more information.
So, if you’d like technology to help with your personal security, while throwing in attractive jewelry at a reasonable price, this just might be for you.