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This wearable wants you to spend more time with your friends

The Concepter Soul is a focused, friendly thing.

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How much time do you spend with the people you love? That's the question that Concepter wants you to ask yourself with its off-beat wearable, the Soul time tracker. Its hardware couldn't be simpler -- just a black-and-silver wristband (or a keyfob) with a bluetooth chip inside and a battery that's good for a year. It's innocuous enough that I'd have no issue wearing it. But it's the software for the band that's interesting here. See, the Soul app keeps tabs on other Souls you meet, logging how long you spend with the various people in your life, and prompting you to do something about it.

Before you write this off, you don't actually need to persuade everyone in your life to buy a new wearable. There will be a free app for iOS and Android hat does the same thing -- so long as you have Bluetooth turned on. The band or keyring will cost less than $30 through Indiegogo, and the company hopes to get a campaign up-and-running by the end of the month. This won't be its first campaign, and you might recognize the Concepter brand from its successfully crowdfunded wireless camera flash for smartphones. It's optimistic that, with a fully-funded campaign behind it, it can reach its (as-yet-unspecified) goal again.

The Concepter soul in keyfob form, along with the companion app.

I'm pretty enamored with the Soul concept. Yes, there are tons of ways to keep track of your friends and relationships, but the Soul platform is a very focused thing. And although single-use wearables are definitely a tough sell -- it would perhaps make more sense as an app for smartwatches -- this is one of a small number of products at CES that seems to come from a really good place. And I like that.

Aaron writes about design, technology, video games, and whatever 'culture' is supposed to be. After cutting his teeth at The Verge, he joined Engadget as a Senior Editor in 2014. In his spare time he enjoys scouring the world for beautiful furniture, taking long walks on the beach, training orphaned dolphins, and making up facts about himself.

Ethics: Aaron's partner is an employee of Ysbryd Games. As such he has no input into articles about Ysbryd or its games. His partner has also had fiction published by Abaddon Books, which is in the same group of companies as the game developer Rebellion. As the two companies remain distinct, this does not compromise his ability to cover video games created by Rebellion.
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