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one of the coolest gifts I've ever received

Any guesses? This item has been on my wish list in my imagination for over two years when I first mentioned the idea to my business partner and husband, Kevin. “It’s what every woman needs!,” I recall saying.

Thoughtfully, Kevin has been scouring the Internet for the 6 months leading up to Christmas for some inkling that someone, somewhere, has developed my idea. While said item didn’t arrive until after Christmas, it was a huge surprise, and worth the wait. Turns out, this gift had to be imported from China (not through a US retailer).

So, here’s the problem, then the product that solves it:

If you’re like me or have a significant other who is a woman, you know that women do not always carry their phone in their pocket. Much of women’s clothing is pocketless, and as smart phones grow in size to become book readers, phones are not even practicable to latch onto our hip. Translated, here’s the equation:

Our phones are often in our purse. Purse is not always with the woman, or purse is detached from woman, hanging on a chair in a loud restaurant, or in a loud basketball practice at a gym – you get the idea. Meaning, we don’t always have the phone with us or hear it even when the volume is hiked up all the way, which causes undue (and countless frustration) on the part of significant others who may be trying to reach their significant others.

Besides being annoying, it can also be downright problematic. I remember attending a birthday party with my 6 year old son. A classmate of his began having an allergic reaction, and his mom had dropped him off at the party. I was the only one who had her phone number. She didn’t answer after numerous attempts to reach her. Last attempt, she shared she was attending her older daughter’s cheerleading competition in the school gym. Who could blame her for not hearing her phone?

Now, for the perfect solution: A piece of jewelry for a wearer that vibrates whenever (1) your mobile phone is called or (2) whenever you begin to go “out of range” of your phone. For example, let’s say you finish up a call with your mom, and lay the phone down to help your son to get ready for car pool. As you head out for the office a few minutes later, your fashionable blue tooth, bracelet beeps at you when you get in the car (because you left your phone on the kitchen table). Is that handy or what?!

This bluetooth bracelet will absolutely change my life. I’m reachable again!

Here’s a link:
http://www.chinavasion.com/cell-phone-accessories/ladies-bluetooth-fashion-bracelet-with-time-display-brown-calldistance-vibration-caller-id/

Note – that the bracelet is not always consistent. I’ve had it beep at me for no reason (bracelet is on, phone is in my pocket, and no one is calling me). So, while it can be idiosyncratic at times, I’m incredibly hopeful that technology has finally arrived and is bound to improve over time.

Thanks for great ideas whose time has come!

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Jo Day

Jo Day

Jo loves learning about interesting problems and how people are solving them. Jo is well known for connecting people and ideas and is a great catalyst (moo!) to change. Where some people see the world through rose colored glasses, Jo sees the world through processes. When Jo isn't hanging out with her family, Jo's favorite hobbies are being anywhere outdoors and coming up with new business ideas – just for fun!

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