A Total Customized “Wearable Keyboard”- The Nex Band

Photo by Yarina for The Nex Band

Photo by Yarina Yao

Photo by Yarina for The Nex Band

Photo by Yarina Yao

Photo by Yarina for The Nex Band

Photo by Yarina Yao

The Nex Band

Wearable technology is now almost taking over the fashion world. Just a regular piece of jewelry does not satisfy people anymore. We need something more creative and “smart”! Recently I found a new wearable tech might blow your mind. It’s a brand new concept of customizable light patterns can notify you about almost everything that is including social media messages, weather report, sports news or friends nearby! The Nex Band made it happened!

A little history of the Nex Band:

Nex is a fictional product. Well, at least it used to be. The original concept for Nex came years back when the multiple Emmy-Award winning co-founders were developing a fictitious fantasy story world called The Mighty Maru. The story is set in a world of dwindling resources and a swelling disparity in income. Out of rebellion, a group of kids band together and form a secret society with the goal of making positive change in the world.

In the end, the society members become vigilantes and are forced into hiding. And the only way they are able to identify, communicate, or disrupt the world with magic is through an enchanted bracelet. Many felt passionate about the story, more so for the bracelet- “can you create that real magical bracelet and have it do all of those things it does in the story?”.

It was then that they decided to make this imaginary prop a reality. Since 2012, Nex has been awarded a patent, built partnerships ranging from IoT to jewelry, and has received numerous awards including Engadget’s Reader’s Choice Award and the CES Innovation Award. They have an offbeat story and now, they have a very creative wearable.

It’s certainly a very good idea that a band on your wrists that can notify you things and control your other smart devices. It’s super fun but is it useful in reality? Let’s test it now.

Review-Style

Photo by Yarina for The Nex Band

Photo by Yarina Yao

Photo by Yarina for The Nex Band

Photo by Yarina Yao

As a fashion blogger and Youtuber, I, of course, care about the style very much. Sometimes it’s the main reason that let me decide if I want to purchase the products or not. Meanwhile as a wearable tech lover, I, of course, own an Apple Watch and a Fitbit wristband. They are like in the middle zone in between stylish and nerdy(no offensive, I think nerds are sexy sometimes).

But the real reason that the Nex Band caught my eyes are the five sensitive touching “mods” which Apple Watch and Fitbit don’t have. Each mod reflects different LED light colors when you touch them, and you can set up the colors up to 50ish options. The interesting point I am trying to say is it’s like you are playing a mini piano keyboard on your wrist. It’s just kind of cool to style it in any of your outfits. I have an All-in-black one just because personally I like black all the time. Also black is the safe color you can match it with everything.

Review-Function

All about that lights

If you pay attention to what I mentioned in the last paragraph, you should already get a sense of what I am talking about. Well yes, the LED lights are not just for good looking but actually are different patterns for different notifications. Download the Nex app first and connect it with your band via Bluetooth. Then you are good to go to explore. Open the app and find the little bell setting icon on the top left, click it and you will see a page of notification options. There are some basic apps default setting are already on for example Phone, Messages, Mail, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Let’s say when you get a comment on Instagram, and the band will play a certain pattern that you can customize it and vibrate for about 3 seconds to inform you that you get a comment. But if you click the little plus icon on the top right, you will see you can add any apps you have on your phone to get notifications. Such as Vogue news(I am a fashion people yes), NBA news(I am a big fan of Stephen Curry! GO, WARRIORS!), weather alerts(Always forget to bring an umbrella), airline alerts(Always late my bad) or Spotify new songs updating(Big fan of Armin)! Of course, you can all set up the light in your way.

Photo by Yarina for The Nex Band