Have you ever found yourself on the streets alone, late at night, having this feeling that someone’s following you? It actually happened to me a couple of days ago. Thankfully, it was nothing – just the result of watching lots of scary movies, and my paranoia kicking in. But still, if there was any reason to worry, I would have loved a “panic button” to press and to instantly alert someone. Which is exactly what the (relatively) new Cuff accessories were designed for – every wearable tech item of the Cuff collection integrates a wireless tracker that can be activated to send an alert to a selected circle of people, simply by pressing it.
Now, one might think that pressing a panic button doesn’t ensure help will turn up the next second, which may provide a false sense of security with regards to personal safety. But all the functionalities combined make each of these pieces a quite useful and interesting addition to any jewelry box.
Let’s have a look at how the Cuff pieces work:
They are powered by the CuffLinc component (the small wireless tracker) that:
- Comes with a 1-year lasting battery
- Communicates with your phone through Bluetooth low-energy (BLE)
- Has a dedicated app through which you can adjust the settings (e.g. add a circle of close family and friends that can receive your alerts); the Cuff app supports iOS 6+ devices with Bluetooth 4 (iPhone 4s, 5s, iPod Touch Gen 5, iPad Gen 3 and 4, and iPad Mini) and any Android device with Bluetooth low-energy, running Android version 4.3 or later.
And they have three main functions: security alerts, notifications, and fitness tracking.
When you press on the Cuff piece, your selected circle will receive your location, and the Cuff app will begin recording audio so that your circle can hear what’s going on. If you’re wearing a Cuff piece but you don’t have your phone at hand, your circle can send you notifications (the Cuff piece will vibrate) to check your phone.
Our debut collection consists of nine pieces, each of which comes in two finishes. The inspiration was, quite simply, beauty. We wanted to create pieces that people would wear whether or not they had any tech inside of them. We have heavy metal cuffs, luxe leather bracelets, necklaces and keychains we hope appeal to the Wired Magazine set as much as they appeal to the readers of ELLE, said Deepa Sood, Cuff Founder in an interview for Elle.
For the time being, Cuff accessories are up for pre-orders from and shipments to US and Canada only, and will become available this autumn. More details on the Cuff shop.
What do you think of the Cuff accessories? Would you buy one?