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Make Facebook friends with a high-five!

If the idea of an expensive, clunky smartwatch doesn't appeal to you, an Italian firm has created a cheaper, slimline alternative in the form of a customisable bracelet.

Called Hicon, the bangle features detachable buttons that can be slotted into holes around the band, and each button represents a different site or app, such as Facebook or Twitter.

When a notification is received on the phone, the corresponding button lights up, and the band vibrates.

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Hicon also vibrates when another user is nearby, and two bands can be connected, and ‘become friends’ through a high-five or a handshake.

HOW DOES THE HICON BAND WORK?

Hicon syncs with an iPhone via Bluetooth.

Detachable buttons can be slotted into holes around the 0.5-inch (13 mm) bangle.

Each button represents a different site or app.

When a notification is received on the phone, the corresponding button lights up.

The band also vibrates when another wearer is nearby.

Bands can be connected, and friend requests sent, using a high-five or by shaking someone’s hand.

Hicon is due to retail for $89 (£52) and go on sale in November.

It works with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Whatsapp, Skype, email, messaging, YouTube, Snapchat, and more.

The band was created by Milan-based Things-Lab and the firm has set up an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of the gadget.

It syncs with an iPhone via Bluetooth, and works with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Whatsapp, Skype, email, YouTube, Snapchat, and more.

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