17 Weird to Wonderful Long Distance Relationship Gadgets [2019 Update]
While it may not be obvious at times, there are some pretty cool perks to being in an LDR.
Having the ability to take ME time, no awkward conversations with their parents, and not having to offer that last piece of pepperoni pizza!
But you also have an excuse to buy all sorts of cool long distance relationship gadgets that none of your other friends will have the privilege of using!
Technology has become an LDR’s best friend. It has never been easier for product creators to make their ideas a reality.
We’re super supportive of anyone wanting to create products for the long distance community because, no matter how weird or wonderful it is, it could be the reason your relationship lasts the distance.
Here are our 17 favorite gadgets for long distance relationships.
1. The LDR Watch by Kitmen Keung
Not only is this Kitmen Keung watch super sleek, stylish, and carefully hand-crafted, but it is also super cool and handy for long distance relationships.
Keung's design allows you to set two timezones, one with a dark finish and a second with a light finish. This is a unique fashion statement you don’t want to miss out on.
Now you'll have no excuse for missing your next Skype Date Night!
2. Hey Bracelet
The Hey Bracelet is the ultimate fashion accessory. The look is similar to that of a Fitbit fitness band, but the function goes much deeper. It allows you to feel connected to your partner through actual physical squeezes. Everyone who’s tried them so far says how natural the squeezes feel, like a gentle squeeze from their love.
The founder, Mark van Rossem, created the product after realizing that, despite advanced in communication, people still had wide gaps of distance between them. Check out the company's explainer video below for more details.
3. The Apple Watch
We’ve all heard about the Apple Watch, but, chances are you haven’t unlocked its full ldr gadget potential!
The Digital Touch feature allows you to stay near and dear to your partner, regardless of the distance. Through taps, sketches, and even heartbeats, you can feel closer to one another than ever before, regardless of the distance.
The how to video below shows you just how easy it is to 'send your heartbeat' to your partner.
4. The HB Ring by TheTouch
Add the HB Ring to your birthday or Christmas wish list. We’ve seen watches and bracelets designed for long distance relationships, so, of course, there has to be a ring.
The HB ring allows you to feel your partner’s heartbeat in real time, with additional options to play a saved heartbeat. It’s as simple as connecting your ring to the app and tapping it twice each time you want to feel your partner’s heartbeat.
It doesn’t hurt that the rings are also gorgeous with rose gold and stainless steel options.
ChatLight makes every day feel like you’re video chatting with your love under bright Hollywood lights.
The tiny light, which has been featured on the likes of HSN and The Grommet, is easily portable and can be used on any laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
The company boasts that the light even lasts over 50,000 hours and charges in fifteen minutes.
6. The Long Distance Relationship Lamp
If you’ve seen these LDR lamps floating around Facebook, consider this your sign that it’s time to take the plunge and purchase a set.
The way it works is both simple and genius: using Wi-Fi, any movement you make atop the lamp to make it glow makes the other half of the pair glow, regardless of how many miles apart.
The creators, John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen, initially created these lamps to connect to John’s family members across North America, and later found that it made a great gadget for LDR couples.
For us this was a real WTF!? moment.
As you might guess, Kissenger’s product name is derived from the words “kiss” and “messenger”, and they boast that they are the world’s first commercial kiss transfer device.
It was first developed in 2011 in Singapore, and has been making its way around the world since 2015. The technology uses a pair of silicone lips to replicate your and your partner’s own lips.
8. Kissenger Mobile
This Kissenger App is a more on-the-go approach to sending kisses to your loved ones.
Send a kiss whenever you’d like, and feel the force on your own lips when your significant other offers up a kiss in return. The high-tech app uses precise force sensors under the silicone lips to make this as close to a real kiss as you can get without being in the same room.
Take a look at a review by The Gadget Show.
9. Pillow Talk Wristband
If your least favorite part of a long distance relationship is sleeping alone, then Pillow Talk might be one of the long distance relationship gadgets you’ve been searching for.
Pillow Talk is a wristband you wear when you sleep, it recognizes your heartbeat and sends it to your partner in real time.
The creators felt this product was necessary for the market, as sometimes video calls just aren’t enough in LDRs.
All you have to do is download the app, place the speaker under your pillow, and slip the wristband on. That’s a small price to pay for being able to fall asleep with the one you love.
10. Long Distance Sex Toys by Lovense
Sex toys have been around for years, and they’re exciting and all, but they’re not nearly as fun as having private time with your partner.
Lovense may just be the answer if you’re looking to keep your sex life spicy, regardless of the distance.
They have a unique line of vibrators (their Max & Nora options are pictured above), but what makes it so special is that you can connect with your partner using the “Long Distance” tab on the app.
Once you’re connected, you can video chat through their app while also controlling your partner’s toy so that, even from across the country or globe, you can still have some dirty fun together.
11. Long Distance Sex Toys by Kiirroo
Kiiroo also created a pair of long distance sex toys that can help you “feel someone else in a whole new way.”.
As soon as the Pearl2, the women’s vibrator, is inserted inside of her, the sensors send a signal via Bluetooth to Onyx2, the male vibrator, to create a sex-like experience.
With the simple touch of a keypad, you can control vibrations to make your sexual encounter whatever you’d like it to be.
12. Long Distance Sex Toys by Vibease
Vibease does just what its name suggests—it lets you use a vibrator with ease.
Having been featured in magazines ranging from Allure to Women’s Health, this hands-free vibrator makes intimacy easy despite the distance. One of the more interesting features is that it can even be worn in your underwear.
You can create custom vibes for your partner—or vice versa—and pleasure one another from anywhere in the world. See the video below for a tutorial.
13. The Hug Shirt by CuteCircuit
Try saying The Hug Shirt without it bringing an inquisitive smile to your face.
An amazing product with the goal of simply making people who miss their loved ones happy, this shirt allows you to send hugs back and forth with your partner in real time.
The co-founders of this product developed the technology back in 2002, using strong sensors that can utilize skin warmth and heart rate data to recreate the sensation of a hug.
14. Watch Anything Anywhere with Rabb.it
Rabbit, which has been around since the app was developed in 2013, started with the idea of being able to share in all sorts of experience with other people, regardless of where they were located.
It lets you watch movies and videos through platforms like Netflix or YouTube with your partner, and takes text messaging and video chatting to the next level.
Both the app and website allow you to experience everyday events with the person you love, and we all know that even the most mundane of experiences can be fun when you’re sharing them with your partner.
15. The LDR App 'Without'
The Without app is unique in that it was created by a man who was in the same boat we’re all in.
Jeremy Schoenherr’s girlfriend landed her dream job across the country from where they lived, and they were thrusted into an LDR a week later. The couple had a tough time adjusting, deciding that texting was getting old, but that existing apps for couples were lame or overcomplicated. So, Jeremy decided to create his own.
You can read the original story on Medium.
The app tells you what the weather and area is like where your significant other is, you can send selfies with one tap, and makes real time conversations easier and more meaningful.
Check out our article: 28 Empowering LDR Apps You Should Download!
16. Emotive Gloves for Physical Touch Over Distance
The Flex N Feel Gloves are still in the prototype stage, but they could definitely make a weirdly wonderful LDR gadget! After all, anything that makes us feel closer to our partners is a definite win.
These flexible gloves have sensors on each finger, which allow you to feel your partner’s touch and movements as they happen. If you worry about being startled by unexpected touches throughout the day, don’t worry, they even have a small soft-switch that serves as a gentle way of letting you know that your partner wants to initiate a touch.
The creators of the product say that their goal was to create a flexible, mobile product for LDR couples.
17. Frebble Hand Holding Device
A recent Kickstarter success, the Frebble is a wireless device that allows you to hold your love’s hand from anywhere.
Frederic Petrignani created the product after hearing fellow MBA students say how they wished there was a way to hold hands with the people they loved through the internet.
When you squeeze a Frebble device in your hand, the person you’re sending your hand-hold to will receive your touch in real time. The developers suggest using the product while video-chatting, as it creates a truly realistic and meaningful experience.
Now it's your turn!
Have you tried any of these long distance relationship gadgets, or are there others that make your LDR easier? We’d love to hear how they helped! Sound off in the comments below!