One of the hardest things about long distance love, whether it is with your family or a romantic partner is not being able to touch your partner.
With the advent of cheap or free video conferencing, it has become easier to speak to and see our faraway loved ones regularly.
You still cannot touch them on a daily basis, a key way of achieving and maintaining intimacy.
Thankfully the Bond Touch solves that.
It is a bracelet, one for you and one for your loved one, that allows you to send and receive touches.
Amazing idea! But how good is it? That’s what you’re going to find out in our Bond Touch review below.
How does the Bond bracelets work?
It is worth spending some time describing how the touch bracelets work.
First, it requires you and your partner to be wearing the bracelets and have the app running on your smartphone.
To send a touch you simply touch your own bracelet. If your partner is wearing their bracelet, they will receive your touch as a vibration.
The vibration when the touch is sent is designed to simulate a tactile sensation. And to be honest, it is the most soothing electronic touch I have ever experienced.
It is definitely not like an electronic shock and not the like the vibration you get with a text message. Just a warm and friendly touch.
What’s inside the box of the Bond Touch?
The Bond Touch comes in pairs. Each bracelet is packaged separately in its own box that contains:
- A Bond Touch module
- A leather strap
- 4 bracelet closure studs
- 1 punch hole to allow to customize the fit of the leather strap to your wrist
- 1 charger
When you buy the Bond Touch pair you need to download the Bond Touch app which is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Each bracelet communicates with the app via Bluetooth.
Multiple touch types
The Bond Touch allows multiple touch types, for example, you can press on it for an extended touch, this is experienced by your partner as a longer lasting vibration.
My boyfriend and I devised our own coded communication method for the touches, so it enhanced the communication.
For us a long touch was our way of sending a warm hug, while a short tap was like say very quickly “I miss you”.
On the app, each touch is color coded so if you happen to miss a touch because you are not wearing your bracelet, you can see the kinds of touches you have received on the app. Smart idea from the devs!
Track touches on the dashboard
The dashboard on the app allows you to keep track of touches sent and received. I found this display helpful as it was actually a constant reminder of my boyfriend.
I often caught myself smiling at the bracelet, and then if it had been more than a couple of hours since either of us sent a touch, I would send one.
The dashboard has a very positive effect on bringing your loved one close to you.
You can add a custom message to each bracelet, it can be anything, provided it is limited to a few characters that fit on the bracelet, we went with the very cheesy (but significant to us) “I love you”.
The custom message really helps to make the bracelet more personal, especially because at the moment it is only available in the one leather strap.
I am looking forward to the Bond Touch becoming available in more colors and strap styles.
Detachable Bond Touch module
To address the limitation of having only one type of strap, the Bond Touch module, this is the functional part of the bracelet, can be detached and attached to any strap of your choice, provided the module fits.
For example, you can change it to a compatible strap you might have for another wearable device, or attach it to a ribbon.
I found this very useful when I went to a music festival but did not want to wear my Bond Touch as a bracelet.
I , therefore, put it on a chain and wore it as a pendant around my neck. It was pretty effective and surprisingly cute!
Interact with the global Bond Touch community
This is a very new product and there are not that many reviews available online, so I took a big chance on buying this product.
I am definitely glad I did and a big part of what gave me the confidence to buy the Bond Touch was reading the very cute #bondstories on Facebook.
I was so inspired by the stories that other couples share of the fun they were having with the Bond Touch, or of people reconnecting with their parents who lived in a new country.
It can feel very isolating to be in a long distance relationship, and I love that with the Bond Touch, I am now not only more connected to my partner, but also in touch with a wider community of people in similar relationships.
It’s pretty awesome!
Great customer support
I live in Australia, and the Bond Touch ships from the US, as can be expected with international shipments, sometimes things do not go according to plan.
My Bond Touch bracelets were delayed by two weeks and stuck in customs limbo.
I very anxious contacted the company’s customer support team and they were great in calming me down and addressing my concerns.
They helped me track my package and thankfully it arrived eventually!
Summary of pros and cons of the Bond Touch
Pros of the bond bracelets
- Functions anywhere in the world, no distance is too large
- You can send touches of varying lengths
- The battery life on the bracelet is excellent, you can wear it for a full day without recharging
- The touch sensation is very gentle and soothing, it is not like the vibration of receiving a text message
- Adjustable bracelets to suit wrist size
- Able to customize the message on the bracelet
Cons of the long distance bracelets
- You need to keep the app running in the background to receive touches, which can drain your battery
- Splash proof, but not waterproof
- Currently only available with one kind of strap
The Bond Touch has done wonders for the level of connection for me in my long distance relationship.
I feel much more in tune with my boyfriend and would feel lost without his touch.
This product is a great tool for connecting with loved ones who are far away and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
You can learn more or order your Bond Touch bracelets by clicking here!