Are you safety conscious? Do you obey state laws? Of course you do (we’re going with the default answer here), which is why you never check a new text message on your phone while you’re driving (Work with me here).
You hear the phone chime, and you wonder who the text is from. You wonder what it says. Is it important? Should you pull over to check it or is it simply some annoying notification from your wireless provider that you bought a new song or you’re getting dangerously close to your minutes allotment for the month?
While some really organized people put their phones on a console in the center of the dashboard, far more of us carry phones on belts, in purses, backpacks or pockets, which means we’re more prompted to take our eyes and attention off the road and fish for the phone.
Maybe not anymore.
A new start-up product called LinkMe is essentially an LED display bracelet that coordinates with your phone so you can view incoming texts or social media right on you wrist, according to micro-funding website, Kickstarter. When you're not receiving a text message, the LinkMe bracelet defaults to displaying the time of day.
“Imagine having your closest friends and family available to you, with just a glance at your wrist,” writes the developers of the bracelet. ”That’s LinkMe – your connection to the ones you care about the most. LinkMe will automatically translate and display the messages and alerts you choose, making your entire social life available to you with just a glance at your wrist.”
If you choose not to display your text messages, you can alter the message to read pretty much whatever you want. The flexible, adjustable band comes with a USB cord and AC adapter for charging, and a single charge should last about two weeks, according to the band’s makers.
Should the LinkMe launch be successful, says the company, newer features may be added such as a denser LED display, a vibration feature to alert the wearer to an incoming message and a multicolor RGB display.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo