Sometimes, you can’t keep your phone on your person. Or maybe you don’t want to. But you still want to know when a notification comes in, especially if you’re watching work email. Vybe can help.
Vybe is pretty straightforward: Connect it to your phone and it’ll shake when you get a message, a phone call, or get more than 50 feet away from your phone. While that may have uncomfortable connotations of a ball and chain for some people, Vybe at least serves to help track your phone, especially if you’re in a setting like the beach or on vacation and you want to be aware of your phone, but away from it.
Of course, you will have to remember to charge it; it generally lasts four days on a charge and can be charged in two hours on a standard USB.
Press To Reject
Another useful feature is to send annoying calls packing; if you don’t want to take a call, all you have to do is press the Vybe, and it’ll reject the call automatically. It’s a nice feature for those of us who occasionally want a break, or just want to ensure they’ve got control of their phone. The best part is that it’s not a phone-specific device; as long as your phone uses Bluetooth 4.0, you’ll be able to use Vybe. And it can be either a bracelet or an anklet.
Shake, Shake, Shake
Sure, you may not want a device to monitor your phone even when you’re away from your phone. But some people need to at least be aware as to whether or not they’re being contacted, and if you don’t want to keep your phone on you, Vybe seems to be an effective way of keeping in touch while keeping your phone in your bag. If it seems like something you could use, it starts at $39.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.