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article imageBracelet adds sound effects to your life

By Joe Duarte     Mar 11, 2014 in Technology
Tokyo - Have you ever wished that you could go through life like a movie character, with all the sound effects support to let people know exactly what was going on in your life? Well, a Japanese start-up company may bring your fantasies to reality.
Named after the company that invented it, Moff is a wearable smart bracelet that can be programmed to enhance everyday motions with appropriate sound effects — things like adding swishing to your karate moves or twanging to your air-guitar motions or a click of the ball to your golf swing — when it syncs up to an iPhone app via Bluetooth. An Android app is also in the works.
The bracelet comes in the form of a slap band (meaning there are no fasteners — you slap it on your wrist and it wraps around your arm) and features a series of sensors to detect different types of motion and offer up suitable alternative sound effects. It works on a replaceable watch battery, which is reportedly good for 30 hours of play.
The founder, Akinori Takahagi (a former product manager with Mercedes-Benz Japan), has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for the launch of the device and had raised half the $20,000 U.S. goal (a “backer” gets one or more devices in exchange for the cash support) with about a month left before the commitment to manufacture the chips and the bands that will house them.
Production will not go ahead unless $20,000 is raised. The first 100 backers paid $39 per unit, the next 100 paid $45 and everyone after that pays $49 (unless you opt for two Moffs, in which case you pay $44 each).
In the video pitch, Takahagi claims the idea for Moff came about in light of children getting easily bored with physical toys, requiring parents to buy different toys and discard the replaced ones. This leads to financial burden and disposal concerns. With Moff, he claims, everything becomes a toy — a banana becomes a laser gun, for example, a stick can become a magic wand and a broom can be a guitar.
The company is also reportedly working on linking up to other apps, and soliciting new sound applications, in order to expand the catalogue of sounds and their respective motions.
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