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Smart friendship bracelet gets girls into coding #HourOfCode #MakerEducation

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Via CNNTech.

After two years of development, startup Jewelbots launched on Thursday programmable friendship bracelets for kids. The product stems from a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $166,000 for development.

The friendship bracelets, called Jewelbots, can sync up with each other via Bluetooth connection.

Friends can program the bracelets to “talk” to each other. Using a smartphone or computer, teens can assign friends one of eight colors. Their bracelet will light up that color when the friend is nearby.

Teens can also send each other vibrations, similar to modern day Morse code. What the vibrations mean are determined by the teens themselves — two vibrations, for instance, could suggest “Meet me by the locker” or “I aced the test.”

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