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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WatchMe88: Your Watch Can Get You Laid

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Surprise! We’re not going to tell you about a Smartphone dating app this week! Instead, we’re going to tell you about an Apple Watch dating app! Because apparently that’s a thing now! Remember when watches could only tell the time? Well, now they can help you get laid, too! Isn’t technology amazing?!

Launched in Singapore earlier this month and rapidly spreading through many cities internationally, WatchMe88 is an app that shows each user the single people around them. Instead of creating a profile with interests and multiple pictures, like most dating apps, WatchMe88 users simple set a profile picture, select which gender they’re hoping to meet, and set an “approach radar” to indicate how near or far users want their ideal match to be located.

When WatchMe88 users go to a bar or a library or anywhere else they’re hoping to meet people, they turn the app on, emitting a glow which lets other users know they’re open to being approached. If, for example, a female WatchMe88 users looking for other women is in the same bar as another female user looking for women, their watches will glow simultaneously, letting each other know they’re both available.

“WatchMe88 is about the here and now,” said Yoav Elgrichi, the CEO and co-founder of WatchMe88. “You’re sitting in the café now, you’re in the park now, you want to meet people...it’s not like [other] dating apps that exist today where you send a message and maybe in the future you will meet.”

Originally designed for the Apple Watch but also available for iPhones, the app is one of the first Apple Watch apps to be focused on dating.

Elgrichi said he got the idea for the app by observing students at Singapore Management University, where he works as a mentor for startups.

“I spent a lot of time on the campus, and I see those young girls and boys, instead of interacting with each other, they are busy on their phone,” Elgrichi said. “Even places where people should interact like parks, like cafes, instead of interacting they are busy on their phones. So I thought hmm, there must be a better way.”

We know what you’re thinking — an app to help you meet people who are already around you? Sounds a lot like Happn, huh?

“I think the reason WatchMe88 is completely different [from Happn] is it’s not like a beep or a notification on the phone, it gives you a visual indication of when someone can see your availability,” Elgrichi said. “There is no guessing, so the fear of rejection will just disappear.”

Elgrichi said the goal of WatchMe88 is to use “new technology to bring people back to the old tradition.”

“It harnesses technology to bring people together, unlike the situation today where technology actually brought people apart from each other,” Elgrichi said.

So, not all cars need gas to run, you can do financial transactions through your cell phone, and now, your watch can help get you laid. We’re still waiting for self-tying shoelaces to be invented.

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