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Girls, young and old, share happy feelings when it comes to friendship bracelets (although the latter may only like the kind that include real gold and stones). The jewelry reminds them of a bond and a sisterhood, all in just a glance at the colorful accessory on the wrist. But soon, the basic friendship bracelet will emerge reimagined when Jewliebots releases its version that requires code. The concept began as a thesis project at NYU and is now a part of hardware accelerator Highway 1. The bracelets aren't available just yet, but when they are, they'll include small Jewliebots charms that hold a Bluetooth receiver, a small motor, and lights. Users can code the charms to light up (in a variety of ways) when a bestie is in the vicinity.
"The idea is to make something young girls love, and love it so much they want to customize it," Sara Chipps, co-founder of Jewliebots, tells the Daily Dot. And it's more than just learning a few lines of code—once Jewliebots launches, the website will host a programming community for girls to share unique programs and customizations to help each other advance in the technical language. As much as Jewliebots gears the product to a younger demographic, the project sounds just as helpful for an older one looking to add a new skill set to her repertoire. So whether it's for you or your young one, sign up here to be the first to know when the Kickstarter begins next month.
· These friendship bracelets will teach girls to code [The Daily Dot]
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