Created by The Touch, ‘HB’ rings use an app, Bluetooth and your phone’s mobile internet to help you feel more connected to your partner. Once connected, you’re able to feel your loved one’s heartbeat in real time through your ring. Your partner can feel yours as well.
There’s utility here.
For long-distance relationships, it could help you feel closer and more connected. For those in the type of relationship that makes people around them sick, well, you can make them even sicker by knowing your partner is with you while they’re downstairs making you coffee. It’s the little things… that make all of us want to vomit.
Reddit, however, managed to poke a few holes in this otherwise romantic technology.
There’s the horror of knowing your significant other died, in real-time… or made their way into a cellular dead zone.
Then there’s infidelity.
Or, even a Walking Dead scenario.
Then there’s the pranksters that’d use the HB ring for evil.
While a nice thought that could provide some much-needed comfort for couples who spend a good amount of time without their partner, it’s definitely not without its downfalls. That said, an Apple Watch does the same thing and you might already have one. If not, it’s still a cheaper buy than a $599 ring.
Regardless of which way you decide to monitor your partner’s heartbeat, this conclusively proves why we can’t have nice things.