Dingbel for Apple Watch | finder.com.au review

"Look at me Hec-tor."


What do the Facebook poke and Walter White have in common? Though well-intentioned, they both end up destroying families and friendships. Nobody likes a poke, so for whatever reason the folks over at DeNA (who are, oddly, Nintendo’s new mobile partner) decided another form of wordless communication was needed, and thus, Dingbel was born.

For those of you who watched Breaking Bad, you’ll surely remember the wheelchair-bound badass, Hector Salamanca and his ‘unique’ form of communication, the brass service bell. In the critically acclaimed series, Hector would ding once for yes and twice for no– a simple, but effective means of communication that DeNA have replicated in their new smartwatch app.

Dingbel works by connecting to your Facebook (don’t worry, it doesn’t unnecessarily post or harass your friends) and begins by asking you to invite some friends. Once you’ve got some friends on Dingbel, you can communicate via a series of taps, or ‘dings’, on the watch face. Tap once for a ‘positive’ reply and twice for a ‘negative’ reply. Brilliant.

Ding Ding! Communicate or annoy your friends with Dingbel

Ding Ding! Communicate or annoy your friends with Dingbel from iTunes Store

Connect the app to your Facebook account and start being a badass.

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It’s all explained in this awesome promo featuring Hector himself, Mark Margolis...

Want to catch the attention of a buddy across the room?

Just make sure both of you have the Dingbel app installed and give them a ding. Or say someone is blasting you with questions that you just don’t have the time or energy to answer, just ding those questions away. For the best effect, slouch down in your office chair and frown as hard as you possibly can– it’s the only way to nail that Hector charm.

With Whatsapp, iMessage and the rest readily available, it’s doubtful that many will adopt another messaging app. Still, it’s bound to provide at least one evening’s worth novelty. That is until you delete it from your device in a fit of frustration that would make even the craziest of Meth dealers cower in fear.

And, even if you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on the coveted Apple Watch, worry not, because you too can annoy your friends and family with Hector’s bell.

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