Technology

A New Era of Wearables with Iris Apfel

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She’s bold. She’s fierce. She’s the 94-year-old style icon who’s designing your next wearable. Meet Iris Apfel, the new face of WiseWear.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this feisty fashionista, you’ve probably come across her unforgettable face at some point – it’s often adorned with those iconic, thick-rimmed spectacles. Or you’ve probably heard someone mention her as “that lady with the glasses.” Perhaps you’ve seen her charming documentary IRIS (if you haven’t, it’s now being featured on Netflix).

For the past 60-something years, Iris has graced the world with her artistic talent and impeccable taste. Her career set off in 1950 when she and her husband launched Old World Weavers, a restorational textile company. Together they traveled the world, shopping for fabrics while simultaneously building Iris’ eccentric collection of one-of-a-kind accessories and fashion pieces. She also served as an interior designer for the White House for nearly half a century, working with the wives of nine presidents.

 

Iris, searching for fabrics for her clients, while discovering unique non-Western pieces.
Iris, fabric shopping for clients, while discovering unique non-Western pieces.

 

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Iris with her husband, Carl, in the 1950s during their travels. 

 

Iris with her husband, Carl, at a gala dinner in Miami, 2008.
Iris and Carl, at a gala dinner in Miami, 2008.

 

Well affiliated with the New York interior design crowd, Iris eventually grabbed the attention of a curator from the Met Museum, who caught wind of her ostentatious wardrobe. He asked if she would create an art exhibition showcasing her personal collection of fashion and accessories accumulated throughout the years. It was this exhibition, dubbed Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection, that set Iris apart as something very rare and far from ordinary. Today, she continues to inspire people of all ages to adopt their own unique style as the truest form of self-expression.

 

Iris installing an ensemble at Peabody Essex Museum, similar to the pieces displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Iris installing an ensemble at Peabody Essex Museum, similar to the pieces displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

This is one of many reasons why we wanted to work with Iris. Her years of wisdom and wit make her the perfect example of a modern day woman – confident, beautiful, smart and independent. To put it in other words, she’s a true symbol for beauty and brains. If you’ve seen her documentary, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

In the documentary, you might also recall Iris touching on the frequent, sometimes fatal, issue of her friends falling. The self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet” has undergone two hip operations herself – one after tripping over the hem of an Oscar de la Renta dress at a Paris fashion shoot. This recurring topic of seniors at risk of falling was one that sparked an interest with Iris, as soon as she learned that our founder’s grandfather had experienced such a fatal fall (read about it in this Fast Company article).

 

Behind the scenes with Iris and WiseWear founder, Dr. Gerald Wilmink.
Behind the scenes with Iris and WiseWear founder, Dr. Gerald Wilmink.

 

His passing was what inspired Dr. Wilmink to start WiseWear. As stated in the article, Wilmink’s original plan was to create a hearing aid that could measure when the user was at risk of falling, and would react by telling the user to sit down. Although the hearing aid never came to fruition, one thing led to another – ultimately resulting in an antenna system that could transmit Bluetooth signals through metal. This is now the breakthrough technology that fuels our Socialite smart bracelets.

Although Socialite can’t detect falls (just yet), it can track your activity, provide vibrating mobile notifications, and send distress signals to your loved ones in times of potential danger. The unique safety feature is one that Iris values most, stating that, “something like this can alert those who care about me if I take a flop because falling can be very dangerous, particularly when you get old in age.”

 

Lavish and lovely: a shot from her latest documentary, IRIS, shot and directed by Albert Maysles.

 

By tapping the bracelet to your custom sequence (i.e. three taps), Socialite sends a discreet text message to your pre-approved list of contacts, notifying them of your exact location. Beyond falls, you can also tap the bracelet when feeling vulnerable, threatened, or endangered. Click here to read more about how the safety feature works.

During our one-on-one interview, Iris made a point that, “this is not just technology that’s useful for elderly people; there are a lot of young people that can benefit as well. The Socialite bracelet can measure your activity, how active you are, and all kinds of good stuff. We don’t want any couch potatoes in the crowd.”

At 94 years young, the slender muse is still always on-the-go, flying from international fashion shows to photo shoots and elite social events. She admits that she is very active and doesn’t sit still very much.

 

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The Calder, from L to R: in Palladium, Rose Gold, and Gold.

 

On another note, Iris also believes that the “de-teching” aspect of Socialite will serve useful, with vibrating mobile notifications and lack of a distracting LED screen. She once said, “People are so tied up in the worst parts of technology these days. They don’t use their imagination.

If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that imagination is vital to spark creativity and innovation. Iris has preserved a unique childlike quality to imagine a world of endless possibilities – and it’s unlike anything we’ve encountered before with any other fashion designer.

With Iris by our side, we’re feeling more inspired than ever to design a fresh line of luxury wearables and introduce it to the high-fashion world. Indeed, technology is a beautiful thing and wearing it should be too. Cheers to a new era of fashion-first wearables that truly speak style.

 

A Recap of CES 2016

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If you couldn’t already tell from our social media feeds, we thoroughly enjoyed our first time at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology show! We want to thank everyone who came to visit our booth, shook our hands, and took the time to understand our brand and vision. The Socialite Collection is more than just a line of luxury smart bracelets – it’s a symbol of fashion and technology merging together as one. With wearable technology rising to new heights, it’s absolutely crucial to place style, comfort, and design as top priorities for a successful product. After all, what’s the point of a wearable if you loathe wearing it? Fashionology, fashion tech, techsessory – call it what you want – but it’s something that we strive to excel at and hope it will improve the wellness and safety of our community at large.

In addition to debuting our collaboration with fashion icon, Iris Apfel, we also unveiled our latest product line for men – the Titan Collection of luxury smart belts. More details to come soon!

For those of you who missed CES, here’s a quick recap of all the things we saw, conquered, and were featured in:

  1. Engadget: WiseWear hides a safety alarm inside a woman’s bracelet
  2. LA Times: CES 2016: Robots, fancy wearables, toddler toys and – hair growers?
  3. USA Today: 10 fun gadgets ‘Unveiled’ at CES 2016
  4. BBC: CES Unveiled 2016: Smart jewelry and hair growth helmets
  5. InStyle: Iris Apfel Embraces Wearable Tech with a New Jewelry Collection: “I Think It’s a Brilliant Idea!”
  6. Mashable: A 94-year-old fashion icon designed your next health tracker
  7. Fast Company: Fashion Icon Iris Apfel is Designing Wearables for WiseWear
  8. WWD: CES 2016: The Best of Wearable Technology
  9. JCK Magazine: New & Next: 10 Hot Retail Topics for 2016
  10. The Today Show: A flying car?! See the coolest CES tech and gadgets
  11. Tech Times: Fashion Icon Iris Apfel, 94, Designs Fashionable Wearable Tech for WiseWear

 

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A sneak peek of our upcoming product line for men – the Titan Collection of luxury smart belts.

 

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The Calder (in Rose Gold, Gold, and Palladium) as a part of our booth’s display case.

 

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Did we mention we also won an award from Parent Tested, Parent Approved for ‘Top Pick of CES 2016’?

 

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WiseWear COO and CFO – Jason Wilson and Brian Anderson – holding our beautiful award from PTPA!

 

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A snapshot of our beautiful booth and display cases, designed and built by DSN X MFG.

 

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WiseWear founder & CEO, Dr. Gerald Wilmink, explaining how Socialite’s distress messaging feature works.

 

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Our beautiful box and charging case. Photo taken by Engadget.

 

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The Gold Calder. Photo taken by Engadget.

 

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The Kingston and Duchess in Palladium. Photo taken by Digital Bounds.

 

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The Calder in Gold. Photo taken by Engadget.

 

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The Calder in Palladium. Photo taken by Digital Bounds.

 

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The Calder in Gold. Photo taken by LA Times.

 

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The Socialite Collection featured on the TODAY Show with tech expert, Katie Linendoll, as one of the coolest tech gadgets at #CES2016!

 

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The Calder, sitting on the wrist of tech expert, Katie Linendoll – on the TODAY Show.

 

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The Kingston in Palladium, sitting in the box / charging case – on the TODAY Show.

 

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The Socialite Collection. Photo taken by The Verge.

 

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A look on the inside of our wearable sensors. Featured on KENS5.

 

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The Calder in Gold, sitting on the wrist of BBC tech reporter, Zoe Kleinman.

 

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USA Today tech journalist, Jennifer Jolly, showing off the Calder alongside WiseWear founder, Dr. Gerald Wilmink.

 

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The Calder in Palladium, sitting on the wrist of USA Today tech journalist, Jennifer Jolly.

 

 

New Year, New You

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Ah, yes. It’s that special time of the year when you make a checklist of all the things deemed more or less necessary to better yourself. For those of you who turn your heads away from resolutions, don’t fight it! Think of it as an annual performance review for yourself – focus on your previous year’s successes and failures, extract a few key takeaways and use them to develop your goals for 2016. What would you like to change about yourself? How can you make 2016 the best year of your life?

If you’re still drawing a blank, have no fear! We’re here to help. At WiseWear, our goal is to empower people just like you to live the happy, healthy, balanced lifestyle you deserve. We’ve compiled a quick guide on how to achieve 5 common overarching New Year’s resolutions with the help of Socialite!
 

  1. I want to… stay in shape and be more active. The most popular resolution that may sound easy to make, but might just be the hardest to keep. To stay in tip-top shape, studies suggest that the bare minimum is to complete one form of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but it should ideally make you sweat. The secret ingredient to this resolution is consistency. Ever see those gym rats jotting in their fitness diaries? Logging your workouts and number of reps can help keep you motivated, but in this day and age (ahem, 2016), there’s no need for that! Our Socialite smart bracelet tracks all your activity and conveniently stores everything on the accompanying mobile app, so you can monitor your progress throughout the day. Track your daily step count (aim for 10,000 a day!), distance traveled, and calories burned. And look fabulous while doing it!
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  3. I want to… get more sleep. This one may sound odd, but we can’t stress enough the importance of catching your Z’s. Think about your body’s fuel like your smartphone’s battery – you need a full night’s charge to last all day. Realize that while you’re sleeping, your body is still hard at work, repairing your heart, blood vessels, cells, and internal organs. Lack of sleep can increase your appetite, slow down your metabolism, and dramatically increase your chances of becoming overweight. Not to mention, lack of sleep affects your appearance, giving way to more breakouts, premature wrinkles, and dark undereye circles. Aim for at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Our Socialite smart bracelet also happens to track your time active/inactive, so you’ll know exactly how many hours of shuteye you’re actually getting.
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  5. I want to… be more productive. Between work, family, friends, and you-time, it’s safe to say we’re constantly being pulled in different directions. To make it worse, we also live in the age of distractions. Step one to productivity is to eliminate those distractions. The biggest one is most likely your smartphone, a.k.a. the gateway to a world of distractions (i.e. social media, online shopping, unnecessary calls and texts, the list goes on). Throw a Socialite smart bracelet on your wrist and put your phone down! Socialite provides users with real-time mobile notifications, such as incoming calls, texts, emails, alarms, and calendar reminders, in the form of gentle vibrations. You can manage your notifications and customize your vibration patterns on the mobile app, giving you the power to choose what comes through. This feature helps you stay connected without having to constantly reach for your phone. Now that you’ve pushed your distractions out the door, be sure to build out an easy-to-follow schedule and create to-do lists. Hold yourself accountable and be sure to cross each and every task off your list! We promise: you’ll feel empowered and productive.
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  7. I want to be… independent and confident. Something that we all strive to work on, especially as a modern day woman. There are countless ways to boost your self-esteem and independence. Here are a few for starters… take care of yourself, dress to impress, think positively, set your goals & principles and live by them, always be willing to learn, and most importantly, understand that you are in control of your own fate. We designed all of our Socialite smart bracelets with one goal in mind: to make women feel their most confident on the inside and out. Beyond its ability to turn heads and make a bold fashion statement, Socialite also provides users with a sense of security by allowing them to send a distress signal to loved ones in times of potential danger. By tapping on Socialite, one can send a discreet text message to their pre-approved list of contacts, along with optional geolocation and sound/video recording of their surroundings. Whether you’re going for a morning run before sunrise or walking through an empty parking garage at midnight, Socialite gives you the power to do it with confidence.
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  9. I want to… spend more quality time with family and friends. Undoubtedly one of the most important resolutions everyone should strive to make. Life moves fast, and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of things. To state the obvious, it’s important to make time for your family and friends no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Again, in this age of digital distractions, it’s become increasingly common to see families replace the company of each other in exchange for their smartphones. We admit: it can be rather painful to sit through dinner without picking up our phones at least once. Socialite’s “de-teching” features help alleviate this problem, with the absence of a distracting LED screen and vibrating mobile notifications. By filtering out unnecessary noise, these features helps you lose the screen, not the moment. Yet, you’re still able to stay connected to the people and things that matter most. So make an effort to get rid of your phone and any other digital distractions in proximity, and live in the moment.

 

CES 2016: All Things Innovative

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What a way to start the new year at #CES2016 in Las Vegas! We are thrilled to be at the forefront of breakthrough consumer technology, along with other likeminded innovators and trailblazers. After many sleepless nights, a few “aha” moments, and hours of head scratching, we are proud to showcase all of our hard work. To get a first glimpse of our Socialite Collection (and a few other surprises up our sleeve), visit our CES booth #73208 and booth #BT55 (Fashionware) in Tech West, Sands Hall, Level 2, Halls A-C and Venetian!

We also invite you to join WiseWear founder & CEO, Dr. Gerald Wilmink, as he discusses “Wearables with Wisdom” on Thursday, Jan. 7, starting at 4pm, at the Venetian (Level 4, Lando 4304). He will be speaking on the panel, moderated by Jane Francisco, Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping, and joined by Dr. David Katz.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we have in store for the world’s largest consumer technology show.

Don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts for more news and updates! Simply click and follow.


The bare framework of our CES booth, designed and built by Austin-based agency, DSN X MFG. Check out their amazing work at www.dsnmfg.com! Photo taken by DSN X MFG.

 

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“That’s a real marble veneer floor… in a trade show booth.” -DSN X MFG. Photo taken by DSN X MFG.

 

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Come see us at Booth #73208 and Booth #BT55 (Fashionware) in Tech West, Sands Hall, Level 2, Halls A-C and Venetian! Photo taken by DSN X MFG.

 

 

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A sneak peek of our Socialite box. Photo taken by Engadget.

 

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The Calder in Gold. Photo taken by Engadget.

 

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WiseWear CMO, Jordan Ramirez (left), and founder/CEO, Dr. Gerald Wilmink (right).

 

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Enjoying our time at CES Unveiled Las Vegas #CES2016.

 

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The WiseWear team, from L to R: Dr. Gerald Wilmink, Brian Anderson, Jordan Ramirez, Jason Wilson.

Breaking Through at TEDMED 2015

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Last week, we had the honor and pleasure of attending TEDMED 2015 in Palm Springs, CA, along with 1,000 other delegates from 147 different countries. Needless to say, it was an eye-opening experience to collaborate with innovators from every field imagined. From self-made billionaires to mad scientists and the U.S. Surgeon General (a.k.a. “America’s Doctor”), we feel fortunate to have exchanged ideals with some of the brightest people in the health and medicine community. At the end of the day, we felt inspired to continue innovating, creating, and collaborating with those who share the same passion as us. If you missed TEDMED this year, have no fear – here’s a quick recap of our time spent at this special event!

 


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Feel the Difference with Socialite

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From Socialite’s
tech features to fashion & design elements, we’ve covered a whole lot of ground this past month. As you can (hopefully) tell, we’ve dedicated so much time and brainpower into creating the perfect wearable for all women alike.

Since the inception of wearable tech, consumers have been limited to a narrow selection of wearables; most of which have paid little attention to aesthetics. First generation wearables are clunky, rubber, with colors that are either too masculine or too vibrant. Can a modern day woman get some variety up in here?! Thinking from such a consumer’s perspective, we bent over backwards to incorporate the most important details and features into an all-in-one product that speaks for itself.

Because the modern day woman is one of many things (class, independence, beauty and brains, to name a few), we tackled the great challenge of creating a solution that would help her achieve this ever-delicate balance. Behold, the Socialite Collection!

To top off this month’s theme of #DiscoverWiseWear, we’ve compiled our thoughts on what sets Socialite apart from others in the exciting newfound world of fashion-first wearables.

 

  • Breakthrough Technology
    • We combined the latest in ultra-small accelerometer technology and motion processing units into a small, light, but powerful package that could fit within a bracelet. Naturally, being all metal, the bracelet generated a challenging technological obstacle – how to get the radio signal out of the bracelet. We engineered an innovative solution using the bracelet itself (being electrically conductive) as part of the antenna, resulting in two U.S. patent applications. The advanced sensors are housed in the BRAIN component (bottom half of bracelet), offering the most accurate activity tracking and seamless two-way communication between the user and the device.
  • Equal Parts Function + Fashion
    • Instead of limiting the consumer to one primary function (i.e. Fitbit and activity tracking, Ringly and mobile notifications), we combined three meaningful features into one bracelet. This includes activity tracking, mobile notifications, and distress messaging. Each feature plays a fundamental role in most users’ lifestyles, for their sake of health & wellness, constant connectivity, and safety. While we do specialize in sensing technologies, we also have a strong focus on design and aesthetics – simply put, making things truly wearable.
    • To us, fashion is equally as important as function… especially in the realm of wearables. What’s the point if you’re not crazy about wearing it? Wearables can serve many purposes, but the one most overlooked is its ability to serve as a form of self-expression. As mentioned in Socialite Design Elements and Inspiration, “we wanted to design pieces that would be fitting for all kinds of lifestyles and spent a lot of time considering how and when the bracelet would be worn throughout the day.” We think the Socialite is perfect for ladies who are always hustling on-the-go, are rather health-conscious, jump from work to working out, desire to stay connected without the extra noise, etc. No matter where you go or what outfit you’re wearing, Socialite is fitting for all occasions.
  • High-Quality Materials
    • Each Socialite bracelet is made of brass and plated with precious metals, such as gold and palladium. Our fine, nonporous metal materials are made to maintain its quality and shine over time. Such materials also provide a more intimate and luxurious feel for users. We also designed Socialite to fit any person with a wrist circumference of 6.5 inches or less, so the bracelet has enough free space to move in sync with your body.

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  • Interchangeability: Mix-and-Match to Your Style
    • All bracelets in the Socialite Collection are interchangeable with one another, so you can separate the top portion from the bottom and change styles as often as you’d like. You have the ability to mix and match different styles with the simple detachment of the top and bottom halves using a small screwdriver. Purchase different platings and style to build your very own Socialite Collection.
  • Made to Fit Your Lifestyle
    • Socialite’s ability to mix and match is one way you can customize the bracelet to accommodate your outfit or mood. You can also customize and manage the following settings on the accompanying Socialite mobile app:
      • Pre-approved list of contacts
      • Vibration patterns
      • Touch patterns
      • Types of notifications
      • Monitor your activity throughout the day (i.e. number of steps, distance traveled, time active/inactive, calories burned)

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We are thrilled to officially release the Socialite Collection early next year in February 2016! Interested in learning more? Explore our
existing blog topics or head over to www.WiseWear.com to pre-order before it’s too late! Still have questions? Shoot an email to Info@WiseWear.com.

Getting Down to the Specifics

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If you’ve been following our blog, you are now probably an expert on Socialite and its main functions, including activity tracking, mobile notifications, and distress messaging. It keeps you safe in urgent (or awkward) situations. It tracks your activity and performance throughout the day. It keeps you connected to the people and things that matter most, without being overly distracting. What else does Socialite do? Let’s get down to the specifics!

Beyond functionality, check out the accommodating product specifications that make Socialite a unique and innovative wearable:

Longevity. Each Socialite bracelet is made of brass and plated with precious metals, such as gold and palladium. Our fine, nonporous metal materials are made to maintain its quality and shine over time. Such materials also provide a more intimate and luxurious feel for users. We also designed Socialite to fit any person with a wrist circumference of 6.5 inches or less, so the bracelet has enough free space to move in sync with your body.

Battery + Battery Life. Socialite comes with a clip charger that charges by any 110V outlet or USB device. Without an LED screen to power, Socialite has an average battery life of approximately 72 hours depending on individual usage.

Bluetooth LE. So first off, you’re probably wondering… what does Bluetooth LE even mean? Bluetooth is a local signal that works within approximately 25 feet of your mobile device for short range data transfer. LE stands for Low Energy and is relevant to your device’s power consumption. Being low means that it consumes less of your device’s power to fuel your Bluetooth. When you’re more than 25 feet away from your phone, Socialite’s distress messaging and haptic mobile notifications will not work. However, it will continue to track your activity for hours on end. Once you’re back in Bluetooth range, your activity tracking and mobile notifications will update accordingly.

Without your phone, Socialite is simply a versatile accessory that adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit!

Haptic Technology. Vibrate once when you hit your daily goal of 10,000 steps. Vibrate twice for incoming texts. Vibrate three times for incoming calls. Tap three times for help. Socialite utilizes haptic technology, a mechanical stimulation that recreates the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to deliver real-time sensory feedback to the user. This tactile approach enables seamless two-way communication between the user and bracelet, and ultimately provides an enjoyable, screenless experience. Using gentle, yet firm vibrations, Socialite keeps you informed of your progress, performance, and mobile communications throughout the day.

To touch is to experience, but to feel is to live. – Loren Klein

Now it’s your turn to experience and live a better life with Socialite!

Mobile App. Socialite pairs with your mobile device, so you can receive real-time mobile notifications and updates on your activity performance throughout the day. You can manage your list of pre-approved contacts, vibration patterns, touch patterns, types of notifications, and monitor your activity on the accompanying Socialite mobile app. The app is available to download for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Water Resistance. Socialite is water-resistant, but not waterproof. It cannot be fully submerged in water, so we strongly advise against taking it for a dip in the pool or bath. However, it is safe for handwashes, showers, splashes, sweat, or any wet weather conditions.

We thought long and hard to create a wearable that could fit seamlessly into all kinds of lifestyles. We are confident that Socialite embodies many different qualities and features that make your life a little bit easier, safer, healthier, and smarter. What are your favorite features? What did we miss?

The S’s of Socialite – Signal for Distress

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Let’s face it – as women, we’ve all experienced the unpleasant fear and anxiety of walking home alone after dusk. The casual catcalls and street harassment don’t make you feel any more comfortable. Then, there’s the thought of being approached by an attacker or being followed home. Improbable things happen. There’s always the slim chance of getting caught in a situation where your trusty can of pepper spray and/or self-defense skills just won’t do.

Personal safety and security is a crucial concern for everyone, but especially for women. Because of this, the WiseWear team felt that it was imperative to include a feature that would allow women to feel safe and confident at all hours of the day. Whether you’re going for a morning run before sunrise or walking through an empty parking garage at midnight, Socialite gives you the power to do it with confidence.

Our advanced security feature allows you to send a distress signal to your loved ones in times of potential danger. By tapping on your Socialite, you can send a discreet text message to your pre-approved list of contacts, along with your geolocation and sound/video recording of your surroundings. You can train your bracelet to recognize a unique tap sequence (think of it as a password) and manage your list of approved contacts on the accompanying Socialite mobile app.

At face value, this feature appears simple, but its uses are boundless. Besides the threat of a violent assault, there are a number of potential urgent situations where you can utilize Socialite’s unique security feature.

Accidents. Accidents happen all the time. Some can leave you immobile, while others can be near fatal. Either way, you need help – and you need it fast. For instance, if you’ve slipped down the stairs and find yourself alone at a standstill, tap your Socialite to let your loved ones know you’re at risk. Another example would be a car accident. In the midst of chaos and confusion, you can’t find your cell phone to call 911. Tap your Socialite to let your loved ones know you need immediate help.

Violence. In light of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognized that Socialite could serve as the perfect means to send a distress signal, in the most covert way possible. Instead of visibly reaching for your phone, tap your Socialite to send a tip-off for help to your loved ones.

Social Situations. Meeting a blind date from OkCupid or a stranger from Craigslist can be a hair-raising experience, especially when alone. The security of being able to quickly tap your Socialite to alert your ICE contacts (along with your geolocation) is priceless. Knowing that help is only a simple tap away creates a peace of mind that truly makes all the difference.

While these are only a few examples that demonstrate the usability and convenience of Socialite’s security feature, we are hopeful that the possibilities are endless. Can you think of any other sticky situations where Socialite would come in handy? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

The S’s of Socialite – Silent Mobile Notifications

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Connection. It’s something all humans need to stay happy and sane. Our need to connect is just as crucial as our need for food and water. Luckily, today’s progressive technology has made it easier than ever to share information, keep in touch with our loved ones and stay up-to-date with the world… but, do you ever feel too connected to connect?

In 2012, Time magazine conducted an international poll that asked 5,000 participants about their relationships with their smartphones. You can click here to read the full-length article. Here’s what the poll revealed:

  • 84% of respondents said that they could not go a single day without their cell phones
  • 50% of Americans sleep with their phone next to them like a teddy bear or a spouse
  • 20% of respondents check their phone every 10 minutes

The main takeaway: we are all virtually addicted to our screens, one way or another. With new smartphone apps, features and updates rolling in every day, there’s no doubt that these staggering percentages have soared to new heights.

With this growing problem in mind, our team of engineers thought long and hard to find a happy medium – to allow users to stay in touch without the fuss of constant, disruptive notifications. Circling back to our previous post, which discusses Socialite’s screenless connectivity, we felt that it was important to integrate a feature that would allow users to lose the screen, not the moment.

Socialite connects to your phone so you can receive vibrating notifications for:

  • Incoming calls
  • Text messages
  • Emails
  • Calendar reminders
  • Low phone battery

On the mobile app, you can customize your notifications and vibration patterns (i.e. choose one vibration for text messages, two vibrations for calendar reminders, and three vibrations for incoming calls).

With the lack of a distracting LED screen and silent mobile notifications, Socialite was designed to filter out the unnecessary noise, so you can focus on what’s in front of you. Give yourself the option to stay connected to the people and things that matter most without constantly reaching for your phone.

With Socialite, you’ll never miss another beat. The important ones, at least.

In the wise words of Marlo Thomas…

“Despite our ever-connective technology, neither Skype nor Facebook – not even a telephone call – can come close to the joy of being with loved ones in person.”

 

The S’s of Socialite – Smart Activity Tracking

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Nowadays, it’s incredibly easy to get lost in the shuffle of life. As soon as we get off work, we’re rushing home to put dinner on the table, walk the dog, squeeze in some quality time with family and get at least six hours of sleep to fully recharge for the next day. Does this sound seemingly familiar? What’s missing from the equation? Making time for yourself and your health & wellness.

Unfortunately, there is no immediate, quick fix. You can’t turn healthy and fit overnight… but you can start your journey towards a balanced lifestyle by consistently monitoring your activity. Doing so naturally compels you to become conscious of your eating habits and level of physical activity throughout the day. Although these lifestyle changes will seem a bit challenging at first, it will eventually become a part of your daily routine to a happier, healthier way of living. And fortunately, Socialite is here to help.

Socialite’s smart activity tracking feature records your step count, distance traveled, time active/inactive, and calories burned. By tracking your progress on the accompanying Socialite mobile app, you can identify your strengths, spot areas for improvement, and stay on course. And the best part? Doing it all in style. Unlike other plastic activity trackers currently offered in the market, Socialite actually combines design elements of taste and sophistication. Its brass material and gold & palladium plating boost its luxurious appeal to a point where you forget that you’re actually wearing an activity tracker. Being truly wearable certainly helps with reaching your goals – because the more you wear it, the more accurate the activity tracking.

So, what goals should you aim for?

  1. Step Count. Get at least 10,000 steps in each day.
  2. Distance Traveled. Aim to walk, jog, or run at least 5 miles each day.
  3. Time Active / Inactive. You should try to sleep at least 6-7 hours every night, and squeeze in at least 30 minutes to 1 hour of physical activity.
  4. Calories Burned. This really depends on your goals… Did you know that you can drop 1 pound a week if you burn 500 calories a day? Slash your fat by burning at least 3,500 calories a week!


By tracking your activity and performance throughout the day, Socialite helps you better understand your body and what it needs to achieve optimal health. But at the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you to make smarter decisions for a healthier you.

Tell us what you think about Socialite’s smart activity tracking feature! Which health stats matter most to you?

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