Hong Kong based start-up Powerstrap has come up with a crowdfunding campaign that features a GPS and Battery extender band for fitness and social strap Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. The Pal Strap will anyways be operating independently.
Plus, a companion iOS and Android app offers access to location log records and performance data, and lets users preset targets and measure performance against their goals—just like a health-based wearable. “Pal started in 2014 with the question ‘Why don’t we make better use of straps for smartwatches?'” Powerstrap co-founder David Yeung wrote on Kickstarter.
The accessory is powered by a Qualcomm SiRF GPS module, a 250 mAh Li-ion battery, and a micro-controller unit for GPS data calculation, power management, and active communication with Pebble. When Pal’s GPS is turned on, it consumes power only from its own battery—which also promises up to seven additional days of functionality. The strap recharges the Pebble’s battery only when the user manually activates the function, or once the watch’s supply drops low enough to trigger auto-charging.
Though sweat- and water-resistant, Powerstrap does not suggest swimming or diving with the Pal smart band. Pal is available now to pre-order on Kickstarter. One smart strap, in the color of your choice (blue, green, red, yellow, white, grey), will set you back $79; a pair of two costs $149. Don’t own a smartwatch but want in on the action? Spend $199 for a Pal and Pebble Time bundle—a $30 discount. Or upgrade to the Pebble Time Steel bundle for $289, a $40 savings. As of press time, Powerstrap raised nearly $30,000 of its $80,000 goal. If funded, the Pal will ship in October.