Wristband lets couples tap the language of love

If texting, emailing, and Skype weren't enough, couples in long-distance relationships can now wear matching TapTap wristbands, which send vibrational "thinking of you" messages when a user taps on the bracelet.

For fans of Morse code or for creative couples keen on developing their own tapping language, TapTap "opens endless possibility for creating special signals to enrich your long-distance relationship," a press release states, "even if they're halfway around the world."

The wristbands pair via Bluetooth to smartphones, which use a simple app to manage settings and allow users to "touch" each other digitally. There is potential for developers to include fitness- and sleep-tracking programs into the gadget as well, along with alarms and video game controls. The device also features an accelerometer and gyroscope.

Its creator, a company called Woodenshark, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund TapTap and so far has earned more than $72,000 of its $130,000 fundraising goal. The campaign runs through November 22.

"We've decided to go post-social and make TapTap communications very private," said Dmitry Gorilovsky, the founder of Woodenshark. All communications between paired TapTaps are fully encrypted, and none of your information will be stored.

TapTap is sold in pairs for $130 and can be delivered separately in varying colors, with shipping slated for next April. Both Android (with Bluetooth 2.1 and above) and iPhone (4S and newer) are supported.

Blog VentureBeat notes that this idea isn't a new one. A few other devices have offered similar features, including Tactilu, another wristband that "allows for long-distance tactile communication." Also VentureBeat cites Bond, a Japanese device that "translates tickles from one user to the wrist of another."

Apps that offer similar features for couple connection include Avocado, which lets lovers send hugs or kisses to each other by placing their smartphone against their chests or lips. Another app dubbed Couple lets romantic partners share "thumbkisses," as well as dates, photos, and sketches.