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Gemio – The High-Tech Band For The Connected Generation

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4.7?
Discovered on 2016-07-21

Staying connected in this digital era will be more stylish and efficient with Gemio. This is considered as a social wearable for everyone out there that uses Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity and a mesh network. Wearers can pair up their Gemio bands with simple gestures such as a handshake or a high-five. Once paired, Gemio will be able to alert its user to their friends’ proximity by using the detachable tile sets, which can then be programmed with light effects having millions of colors. By using the corresponding mobile app, wearers will be able to send messages to their friends as well. Different colors and lighting patterns can signify different kinds of messages. Coming in a range of styles and colors, Gemio can be the next high-tech wearable young fashionistas and tech-savvy individuals can use to show off their style with a pinch of technology to spice it up.

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Wireless Charging :
Yes
Connectivity :
Bluetooth Low Energy
Lighting :
RGB LEDs
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Gail
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I am backer #146. I still have not received my pledge. All my info is the same. Thank you.
Gemio
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Niels, we're sending via DHL 2-3 day service. See email for tracking #. It goes out tomorrow.
Gemio
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Niels, there's no excuse. That was poor handling on our part. I've found your ticket and I'm handling right now. Will reply to Ticket with details.
Gemio
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Zach T, the two Hamsa Tile Sets? Will send them out today. We have 2 email addresses for you. Please shoot us the correct one at friends@gogemio.com. And confirm if address still the same. Thanks!
Gemio
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Hi Eric, so very sorry for letting that fall through the cracks. I found your ticket. I will reply to it now with details on the replacement.
Eric Fight
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I'm backer #666 still waiting on a response from 6 months ago when I asked how can I receive a replacement band since mine no longer charges. Aswell as the 2 tile sets I back for this project and never received.
Zach T
Review from Kickstarter
Gemio any idea for my ETA of when I can expect to receive them?
Elizabeth
Review from Kickstarter
I have been waiting over 6 months to receive my nature tile set that I had originally ordered when I backed this product.
Niels Grol
Review from Kickstarter
Here we are again.... As requested by you on the first of April I had to send my shipping address again (3th time...)via an email to you because you magically lost it some how... The same evening I sent you that email with my shipping address. Till this day I had zero response of feedback and I am pretty tired of it. So..... for the last time. What the hell are you doing over there?? Explain to me what the problem is. Shipping a box from the other side of the ocean should not be a big deal in 2018???

Please come with a proper solution.
Zach T
Review from Kickstarter
Oh that’s great news! Thank you for this update
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Zach T, we have your Hamsa order. Thank you. We've been on back order on the Tiles since then. We're getting sufficient supply in May and will ship then.
Zach T
Review from Kickstarter
I still am waiting to receive my two Hamsa tiles. I ordered them in a transaction after the campaign was done using the same email that I have on my kickstarter account.
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
Victor K, I'm checking on yours and will reply asap.
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
Niels, I'm so sorry about this. I look into this and your order was scheduled to ship the week of Dec 12 along with a big batch of other orders which did go out. I found the message sent to you saying it would go out. Could you please direct message your address to us to confirm once again? And I will look for tracking #. friends@gogemio.com
Niels Grol
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Sooo.... hope that I wil get a respone here. After several e-mails and 2 years later I still don’t have my gemio bands.
Some off my e-mails didn’t even get an response and the other e-mails where all fake promesses... GEMIO.. what are you goning to do about this. Please leave the “sent us an email” comment at home and come with a proper solution.
Victor Kasprzak
Review from Kickstarter
I still have not received my order?
michael labuda
Review from Kickstarter
I have retuned my order and have yet to receive my refund from gemio
William
Review from Kickstarter
This was a cool idea, but the bands are very small. I hope the next product fits more people.
Eric Fight
Review from Kickstarter
The 2 bands I pledged on Kickstarter both have battery issue will not charge or hold a charge at all and not receiving the tile set that I ordered for my 2 bands I want a refund. I'm Backer #666
Igor Smirnov
Review from Kickstarter
I'M WAITING FOR REFUND MORE THAN 3 MONTHS
BACKER 1878
Austin Carter
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@Tristan Damm I also got the Remote DFU Not Supported error. Were you able to get instructions on fixing it?
Elizabeth
Review from Kickstarter
I'm still waiting for my nature tile set that I selected when I backed Gemio.
michael labuda
Review from Kickstarter
I would like a proper address to return my purchase as they a re too small
Edgar Buenrostro
Review from Kickstarter
Hey guys,
Great job with the gemio bands! Unfortunately, one of the two bands I received (the one I gave away as a gift) might have a battery that's defective. I noticed this past holiday the other band only turns on for like 3 hours before becoming dim and turning off. It turns on just fine and for those 3 hours is the coolest party band but it definitely turns off prematurely. I'd like to see about exchanging this band for another so we can keep the party going. Look forward to your response. -Edgar
Eric Fight
Review from Kickstarter
I need help with my band that i got. Something really really strange is going on with it. And I still need the 2 bands they never sent me who do I talk to.
Algin Shaw
Review from Kickstarter
They won't respond on any social media either. I have a feeling we'll never get an update or the band's we've ordered. I guess that's a risk of backing.
Hannah hill
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My bands were supposed to be delivered two months ago and i have yet to receive them or hear back. I have sent countless emails and messages to no reply. I just want my money back at this point. Very disappointed.
Igor Smirnov
Review from Kickstarter
Sent several messages to friends@gogemio.com - full silence during 2 weeks.
Need refund for order #1878.
Melissa L.
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Also still waiting for a response on tiles sets ordered from the website? Have these shipped?
Andre Vallejo
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Hey thx for the answer back just wondering when there will b software update? Like n ur video u had one called fading colors which would b awesome cauz none of the ones now just constantly change colors or the light signals & the rainbow one will there b new effects soon?? ( B
Algin Shaw
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Ordered new tiles from the site a month ago and still no response.....
Juan Jose Guerrero III
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I have not received a response from the friends@gogemio.com account and have submitted ask for an update on my refund now three times.
Gemio
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@everyone talking about breakage. Please make sure you are slipping the Band off and on over your wrist NOT putting your entire hand through the Band. Please watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch…
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Andre The final production of Pyramids was chosen in translucent because the color quality shown on the original KS campaign wasn't where we needed it to be. There are many other Tiles in multi colors for you to choose from....you can use your Backer Discount on our site at check out when it asks if you have a discount code.
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@mahan Please email us at friends@gogemio.com to set up a return. We notified backers that Love is Louder and the 3D tiles weren't going into production and asked for replacement choices.
Mahan Harirsaz
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On top of that, I ordered add-ons and of the four bands and one t-shirt, three of the bands are not what I ordered and there is no t-shirt. I received:
Honeycomb
Camo
Water I ordered:
Pods
Gems
Love is Louder
Love is Louder T-shirt What happened? I want my money back.
Mahan Harirsaz
Review from Kickstarter
I’ve been so excited to get these (I ordered two with EIGHT tile sets), but now that I have them I’m very upset to discover that they don’t even come close to fitting my wrists. What am
I supposed to do with these? Why did I spend money on all of these extra tile sets? :(
Andre Vallejo
Review from Kickstarter
I’m happy to say that I have received my band ( : it’s been over a month now & I was very happy and satisfied with the new slinker version of it but yes I do you have concerns about future breakage because when I was a beta tester and didn’t break on one side just from the recurring putting on and off and I just hope that doesn’t happen with this one but I think that you guys used a stronger formula so I don’t think it should be in as much as a problem although yes with wear and tear and taking off the tiles that is also a concern. I am also wondering about the pier meds as well because they are not colored as shown and that was one of my main aspects of buying them and I was the last time back by that I do you enjoy LOL one day didn’t get it I ordered quite a few and they all seem to work quite nicely I do you have her think that there could be more like combination and it definitely maybe some sharing of it as the person and the latter was talking about and I also had a question how to use my ticket or my $20 coupon and wow where and how are use that on that if you can’t email me back that would be great and let me know what I can do and I was trying to hopefully get the Aquarius tile side but just let me know if you will thank you so much but other than that pretty much satisfied and I’ve gotten tons complements and I have been directing people to go to Gemio.com and I hope you guys are getting more business and growing so hopefully I can be a bit more updates and more fun stuff in the future but yeah if you would please give me a email and let me know about the coupon inside if I could use it to get that new tile set or what not, just hit me up much love Gemio family peace out ✌�����✨
omega1
Review from Kickstarter
For those ordering to canada. Just be careful, I got slapped with a $167 custom fee. I ordered 5 bracelets. While I love the product, the fee is like 1/3 of the price I paid for of the product. Canada customs..... I also wish gemio listed the price for it as the price us backers paid for instead of the retail price when they shipped it to us. Because of that, my fees are higher. Too late now. can't do much.
Richard Tang
Review from Kickstarter
At the time of receiving my band I was disappointed on the product. There were a few comments that mentioned how impressed they were so it lead me to compile a review that details many of the flaws. Size:
- Due to the snapping tile design, Gemio was created as 1 size. Otherwise they would have to space out the leds as well as create tile sets for each band size. For someone with a pretty slim wrist it's way to small and wraps pretty tightly on your arm.
- While I understand the pictures in the campaign are prototypes, the final band does not have nearly as large of an opening to easily fit your band on and off of your wrist. It's lesser than half the size.
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Material:
- The band is made mostly of plastic. Upon holding it, there isn't a lot of weight which is good if you wish to wear it a long time but due to sizing this is likely never a case for most users. The plastic does not provide the band with a premium feel and it's questionable how study the device is due to having to bend the band every time you wish to wear or take of the band (due to the small gap mentioned previously). As of writing this, there was a previous comment that backed this suspicion as a user commented their band broke in half while either wearing or taking it off...
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Tile: Here's where expectations plummeted due to a number of factors
- The tiles were packaged nicely, but the print quality was not very good. If you take a closer look you will notice lines are not crisp and the black gets muddled at the end of the tile along with a white bordering around some of the lines of design. https://drive.google.com/open…
- The snap fit takes a bit of fiddling in order to remove and snap on a new tile set. I question the durability as it's plastic forcibly pulled off while the tiny clips rub against the frame of the band. Over time either of them may become loose. Each individual tile sets are retailed packaged in a clam shell plastic with a plastic frame to hold the tile, simulating the shape of the actual band. When these tiles were removed or added back onto this packaging frame, the frame gets a bit scratched up so I think it likely the same case for the actual band.
- The pyramid tile set and campaign videos are entirely misleading. If you look at the campaign video (0:52) you will see the gemio dropped onto a wireless charger as well as a series of complex mixtures of colors as the band changes colors. This is entirely misleading and not the case for this tile set. Upon further testing of the various lighting effects, it was never possible to replicate the color effects seen in the video. If you think about it with 20 leds spaced out in the gemio it wasn't really possible to achieve this color effect. That's when viewing the video that showed light effects responding to music and movement in the campaign page, if you pause the video just when the band is not lit up, you will see the pyramid tile set has a combination of orange, pink, green lines that would mix with the led light in order to give more color mixtures. As a result the final tile provided only had white color lines which simplifies production along with providing a lackluster light effect that pales in comparison to the video. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7eAiYIGxwwpTU1PYS1JUlBpRjA/view…
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Packaging:
- Item arrived without any shipping issues. The retail packaging of the product looks nice and what you would expect from a wearable.
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Charger:
- The charger looks nice. I was a bit skeptic when i saw the band float on the wireless charger, but if you watch the campaign video you will realize it's actually a magnet holding the band onto the charger. A bit misleading if your not too insightful during watching the campaign video as it's angled in such a way that it makes this technical aspect a harder to notice. It would be noted though that upon writing this review, I have never charged the band due to the band's lack of comfort (tightness) and never being in a party setting that required a flashy wrist gizmo.
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Software and Light Effects:
- App is fine for what it does. There are weird connectivity issues when changing your band's color however. It would ask to reattempt to connect the band due to losing connection with the phone, but the color would still be adjusted to the band.
- The app was also lacking any social aspects as originally advertised, but gemio mentioned their intent to provide it on a later date. One issue I see however is if we only assume backers own a gemio and at most they got 1 friend to buy one, the gemio social network would probably only be 5k-10k. So when the social aspects are updated into the device and app, you would likely only use it with that friend you got to buy one as well.
- One of the unfortunate things is the lack of custom lighting effects. Had the app provided this, it would bring much more usefulness as well as allowing owners to create and possibly even share their own lighting effects.
- Finally for lighting, i'll nitpick the responsive to music and movement aspect of the band. I don't deny the band changes colors with movement, but the band doesn't do a good job with changing colors on music. Part of me thinks it uses the movement sensors to pick up music vibrations instead of sound. I'm providing two videos demonstrating this, and it should be noted in both videos the volume of the speakers are the same. I've overlaid the campaign video behind the band to show the advertised and actual effect. In the first video the band is right next to the speakers. Vibrations can be easily picked up due to the physical contact they share. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7eAiYIGxwwpSVpsbk5hZWJrTTQ/view… In the second video I show myself wearing the band and holding it near the speakers and keeping as still as possible. You will notice that there is barely any light effects due to the sound and most of it is later due to movement. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7eAiYIGxwwpNnk1VHRhTmhYeDQ/view…
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Misc:
- Custom for the item was a bit over 30$ and they labeled it at about 109$... I never understood why they would price the parcel at this price or the items supposed retail price when a backer pledged and in a sense contributed much lesser for it. I'm not using the term paid as kickstarter isn't a store, but still labeling a campaign reward should sound more like a gift or product demo than a full blown retail value. However part of this maybe to prevent returns. Provided a backer pledged 60$ for a band and got slapped 30$ for custom, requesting a return is not ideal because you would likely lose out 75$ or more to have it shipped back and suffering the custom fees and the initial cost to have the reward shipped to you in the first place.
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Overall I think the band was disappointing for what it was, especially with the pyramid tile set. Unless there are new light effects, it looks like gemio either specially configured the led lights to showcase their new tiles or photoshop colors into the band and tile to give it an effect that makes the tile set look much nicer than what you'll get (https://p6.zdassets.com/hc/settings_assets/1185218/200353127/xQhk9Qz2uCxTJNnW1JuOEw-Screen_Shot_2017-09-05_at_1.35.02_PM.png). I do however commend their efforts for bringing the product to life and sending out the item instead of slowly fading into the background and disappearing out of existence.
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Daniel It seems we are going to have to reship tomorrow and will do second day delivery. Apologies on the delay! If you need anything else pls email us - friends@gogemio.com
Gabriel landry
Review from Kickstarter
Didn't get my order yet
Daniel Kim
Review from Kickstarter
Any news regarding the issue I've mentioned earlier?
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Mahan We sent your shipping notice on 10/12. I just sent again on Kickstarter DM. Let us know if you need anything else.
Mahan Harirsaz
Review from Kickstarter
I have not received anything yet. What's going on?
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Melissa We are currently processing orders from gogemio.com so you should have tracking shortly....thanks
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Daniel We will reach out to our logistics team and see why we are getting that same message. Stay tuned!
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Chris Sorry to hear that and happy to return if you would like. Please email us -- friends@gogemio.com. In the future we will offer a larger size as well. Thanks for the feedback!
Gemio
Review from Kickstarter
@Niels Please email us your updated address - the package was bounced back. Send to friends@gogemio.com. Thanks
Melissa L.
Review from Kickstarter
Have not received my additional tile sets that were ordered from the store. Any update on them? I don’t have any shipping info so I’m not sure where to check.