Technology for Distant Love

Eric: What a couple of days it has been. Erika is back to work, so her time on Skype with me is limited. And I miss her… God I miss her.

But I have been a little wrong recently. Thinking of myself in all this. Wallowing in my own self pity… Sat in the UK and waiting for her calls.

But wait… Maybe she is feeling the same as I am.

Long distance relationships are hard. Especially when the contact that you have with each other becomes limited. When she is at home, we can Skype, Whatsapp, Messenger, Text, Call, Rabbit (look it up) but what about when we can’t sit with Skype on for 3 hours a night? Then we have no choice, but to miss each other.

The truth is that nowadays, the interweb, in all it’s glory, makes long distance relationships easier. There are countless apps, programs and services that have been set up for that very reason. So maybe I should check out a few more…

Avocado is an app that allows couples to share pics, music and personal updates, and even synchronizes with Google Calendar for planning trips. It’s basically like a private social media network just for couples.

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But if you want to ensure you never miss a message from your partner, there is always Ringly, a wearable technology that comes in the form of rings or bracelets and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. That way, you can receive customized mobile alerts through vibration and color-coded lights.

Without is a fun little app that counts the days you’ve been apart from your partner. Designed by a fellow long-distance couple, it also allows you to stay connected via photos and messages.

If doing this seems too depressing, try a different app called Dreamdays, which instead allows you to count down the days until you’ll be seeing each other next. It also makes it simple for the both of you to remember important dates like birthdays, anniversaries and visits.  

Lovers can now feel their partner’s touch without being in the same room as them. Flex-N-Feel gloves allow couples to hold hands even if they’re not in the same country. One glove is called Flex and it interprets the way the hand bends. It then sends the signals to the other glove, which is called Feel and allows the other partner to experience their partner’s touch that way (and by touch, hqdefaultwe don’t mean only handing hands). Unfortunately, only a prototype has been made so far. But until they become purchase-able, there is a bracelet called HEY (pictured above). Designed by two Dutch inventors, this gadget mimics human squeezes and sends signals to the other person’s wearable. For example, when one partner lightly caresses the bracelet, the other will feel it.

You can always use a fun little app called Couple, which allows you to share photos, music, pre-recorded messages and drawings, but also kiss; when both partners press their thumbs to the screen, their phones vibrate. The hope is that one day you will be able to feel your partner’s kiss from a distance, which is why products like Kissenger, a device that has very noticeable silicone lips and allows partners to transfer and feel physical kisses, are in development.

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Nighttime is often the worst for couples in long-distance relationships. While they can keep busy with work or studying during the day, at night, the empty bed reminds them of their missing partner. Luckily, there is a solution. While nothing can compare to a warm sleeping body next to yours, Pillow Talk can at least help you feel less alone (and less scared of the dark). Pillow Talk consists of a cushion with an interactive panel and a bracelet the partners can wear around their wrists. The bracelet picks up the wearer’s pulse and sends their heartbeat to their partner’s pillow, allowing the recipient to hear it as if they were lying on their S.O.’s chest.”

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Wow! The world is moving on from sending a letter in the post and waiting for three weeks for the reply… And yes… These are real inventions. These actually exist in one way or another. A glove that you wear to feel your partner’s hand? A iphone extension that you kiss? A wristband that “plays” your partner’s heartbeat?

It’s an AI type world out there, and maybe, we are only a few years away from a “robot” of your partner… I hope that we can be together every day, way before that technology exists. But if not, then maybe we can each sit next to a hologram, holding hands in our special gloves, kissing our sensors, with our hearts beating as one.

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It leads to all sorts of existential questions… Where does Erika end and the robot begin… For now, I don’t think we need to get into that… Perhaps we’ll just stick with Skype.

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