Custom battery enables smart watch buckle

Custom battery enables smart watch buckle

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By Nick Flaherty

The Smart Buckle from Gooseberry uses a Bluetooth chip with power management from Nordic Semiconductor powered by a custom 19mAh lithium polymer battery. The buckle is charged via a two pin, magnetically attached micro-USB connector. A 60 minute charge supports a week of operation with the buckle linked to a smartphone via Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy.

Smart Buckle has been developed by Shripal Gandhi and Alexei Levene to fit a standard 20mm leather, rubber and cloth watch band. It tracks steps and sleep patterns and links to both the Apple Health and Google Fit apps. Levene is also a director of London-based solar powered desalination technology developer Desolenator.

The Smart Buckle is currently on Kickstarter.

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