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7 apps and gadgets perfect for long-distance relationships

Love knows no distance with these!

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Being in a long distance relationship isn’t easy — I’d know, I’m actually in one. But, despite the miles, the time difference, and the long stretches of time apart, you make it work if you think the relationship is worth it.

Now, before I turn into a big cheeseball professing my undying commitment to my LDR, let me share a big tip: Utilize technology! These days, there are so many apps and gadgets that can help make your love felt, no matter how far away you are.

Dreamdays app

Counting down the days to a date, an anniversary, or even your next trip together can be tough, exciting, and excruciating at the same time. Especially when you’re in an LDR, it takes a big amount of patience. This app allows for a more interactive way of going through the days and hyping up your next meeting!

Download it on Android or iOS.

HEY bracelet

With this bracelet, there is no need to hunger for your lover’s touch on days you two are apart. The HEY Bracelet sends “real human touch” to the other person in spite of the distance between them. Using haptic technology, the matching bracelets mean you can squeeze your boyfriend’s hand wherever both of you are in the world.

Rabbit

“Wouldn’t it be nice if there’s an app that would let us watch our shows together, even when we’re apart?” asked my boyfriend before I left for another stretch of a few months apart. The good news is, that app already exists. Rabbit allows you to watch your favorite shows at the same time, no matter how far apart you are.

Download it on Android or iOS.

Pillow Talk

Because cuddling is everything and it’s also one of the biggest things people in LDRs miss out on! Pillow Talk is a bracelet and speaker combo that will allow you to hear your boyfriends heartbeat in real time, and vice versa. The bracelet tracks and sends your heartbeat to the tiny speaker that can be placed under a pillow. All of a sudden, it’s as if you’re on your lover’s chest falling asleep.

LokLok app

Originally, people in LDRs don’t have the luxury of leaving each other cute notes every day. LokLok is an app that changes that. It allows people to share a phone lock screen that one can doodle on and the other will be able to see it on their own phone. Imagine all the love notes you can send your partner!

Download for Android.

HB ring

 

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This ring will literally remind you of your significant other by showing you their actual, real-time heartbeat. The HB ring is the best type of personalized jewelry and it will definitely keep your heart closer to your loved one.

LoveNuts

Distance can’t and shouldn’t stop couples from all the fun and lovin’ to be had! LoveNuts is a connected vibrator which allows your partner, no matter how far he is, to remotely control the device. That’s what I call real long-distance relations. 😉

Read more: LoveNuts hands-on: Feeling the vibe!

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks

And doesn’t deplete your savings

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Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.

The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.

The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.

The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.

Nomad’s new titanium Apple Watch bands are available now for US$ 179.95 on the Nomad website; that’s half the price of Apple’s own metal link band.

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InvisaWear: Great-looking smart jewelry that doubles as a panic button

Protected and in style

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Who knew that something this pretty can potentially save your life?

These beautiful pendants are not just accessories. Called InvisaWear, these trinkets also double as panic buttons.

Designed specifically to be discreet, this different type of jewelry is the product of a harrowing experience. Rajia, InvisaWear’s CEO, was leaving an event when she was catcalled by a group of men in a car. As she was walking, the car stopped and one of the catcallers started to get off. Thankfully, Rajia, was able to get to her car and drive off unharmed. But, that incident left a mark on her: She felt completely helpless in the moment. Thus, the idea of an easy-to-reach panic button for everyday wear was born.

All you need to do is install the InvisaWear app, choose up to five emergency contacts, pair your jewelry to your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re all set.

With a quick double-click on the back of the charm, this accessory will send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. You can even enable 911 functionalities that will automatically connect your emergency contacts to 911, who’ll then be able to view your location.

The best part is that you can wear this every day without ruining your #OOTDs or tarnishing. These dainty and useful charms are made with brass and are plated with either 14K gold or rhodium with cubic zirconia.

Check them out here.

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