Oh, This Bracelet? It’s Just My Wearable Device Charger
Wearable devices are increasingly seen as tools primarily designed to track your life, but a new entrant into the category has a far more practical mission: charging your devices.
The QBracelet looks like a stylish piece of wrist candy, but is in fact a portable charger capable of delivering juice to your iPhone or Android device.
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.
Image: Q Bracelet
Depending on the device being charged, Q Designs, the company behind the QBracelet, claims that the bracelet’s internal lithium-ion battery will deliver a charge of up to 60%. The bracelet itself takes up to 90 minutes to charge and will last for about 30 days in standby mode.
“The battery level and charging state is shown using four LEDS that are hidden above the connector in the bracelet,” Q Designs co-founder Alessandro Libani told Mashable. “A user would just pull open the bracelet and the LEDs automatically cycle to show the battery level. While charging, the LEDs blink to show the current charging level.”
However, some might be a little concerned about slapping such a powerful battery charger on their wrist. For instance, will the battery get too hot?
Image: Q Designs
“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.”
Offered in black, silver and gold, the water-resistant device comes in three sizes: small (1.23 ounces), medium (1.41 ounces) and large (1.59 ounces). If you grab the QBracelet during the early pre-order phase, starting today, the price is $79, and when it gets to retail it will sell for $99.
The team expects to start shipping the device to consumers in December.
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