A slew of successful Kickstarter campaigns and new products going mainstream is definitive proof that we are in the midst of a wearable tech revolution. Though the Iron Man suit and flying cars remain out of reach for now, there are plenty of other devices hitting the market to keep us occupied in the meantime.
Consider the pivotal arrival of Google Glass, which allowed users a first glimpse at “augmented reality.” Then came The Ring, whose Kickstarter campaign for a ring-shaped wearable input device that “that lets you control anything” raised nearly $1 million back in April. Now, the QBracelet promises to free us once and for all from our dependence on wall chargers.
Mashable reports that the QBracelet is a wearable, bracelet-shaped device that allows users to charge their iPhone or Android devices:
Part of the genius of the device – which sports a minimalist design suitable for a man or a woman — is that it really does look like a piece of jewelry. But unfold the bracelet and you’ll find a hidden charging connector – a micro USB connector for Android devices and a Lightning connector for the iPhone.
LEDs hidden in the bracelet show the battery level and charging state. Just pull open the bracelet, plug in your phone and charge away. The bracelet’s internal, lithium ion battery takes roughly 90 minutes to charge and can last for up to 30 days in standby mode. QDesigns, the company behind the bracelet, says that QBracelet will can deliver a charge up to 60 percent, depending on the device.
Most of us can certainly appreciate the convenience of not having to be tethered to a wall unit to get a charge, but could a chargeable battery overheat on your wrist? When asked about this legitimate safety concern by Mashable, Q Designs co-founder Alessandro Libani had this to say:
“We specifically put safety measures in place to prevent the bracelet from getting too hot,” says Libani, “but yes after charging your smartphone with the QBracelet it can be a tad warm. Nothing uncomfortable, but if you pay attention you can notice the temperature change.”
Available in black, silver and gold, you can now pre-order the QBracelet for $79; when it goes to retail, the price will jump up to $99.
Photo Credit: QDesigns