06/07/12 - 0 Comments
Pair to the Rescue for Long Distance Relationships
Long-distance relationships can be a bit tricky when it comes to feeling close and connected to your significant other. But all that’s set to change with Pair – a new phone application that is a technological attempt to solve this problem.
The app is designed to accommodate fluid communication between two people, but seems to be targeted primarily towards lovers. The couple can share videos, photos, texts, tasks and can even participate in live sketches together. Pair also supplies romantic features such as thumbkissing and ‘thinking of you’ notifications and enables the use of FaceTime with one simple click.
Since Pair is such a special, sweet and unique phone app, there is bound to be some sort of personal connection with its invention. After being accepted into California’s prestigious YCombinator program, three of the five Toronto-based creators were forced into the dreaded long-distance relationship. They craved a better way to keep in touch with their girlfriends and missed the convenience of same-city love. Abandoning their original 3D software start-up plans, the team decided to create a phone app that would eliminate some of the common stresses that come along with long-distance relationships.
Since its March 2012 launch, Pair has experienced a great deal of success. The application has a continuously growing user base, currently facilitating 300,000 users. The company also recently received just over four million dollars in funding from notable sponsors, such as Founder Collective, SV Angel and Betaworks.
Out of all of the cool features that Pair offers, I would have to agree with co-founder Anton Krutiansky’s favored “thumbkiss”. By touching the screen at the exact same time and place, a couple is able to experience a virtual kiss via simultaneous phone vibrations. Krutiansky expressed that he enjoys the thumbkiss because it enables “a physical connection over a distance,” constructing the closest thing to a real-life kiss.
Aside from general improvements, the Pair team revealed that we can look forward to a wider range of sketching colors and more interactive to-do list opportunities. With many public social media options available to date, Pair is a perfect fit for lovebirds that prefer a private one-on-one communication system, making that long-distance relationship slightly more bearable – and intimate.