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  • Control Your Batteries with your iPhone using the Upcoming Tethercell


    One of the many interesting products at CES 2013 turned out to be the Tethercell, which is basically an app-enabled AA-sized battery with a twist. The physical product is actually a plastic enclosure with wireless circuitry the size of a AA battery that holds a common replaceable AAA alkaline battery. The AAA battery powers both the Tethercell device and the AA-powered product you insert the Tethercell into.

    What makes the whole thing interesting is that the Tethercell unit can manage the on/off state of the battery while monitoring the battery’s charge remotely from an iPhone app. It’s also possible to set timers so devices can turn on and off, allowing certain devices to be turned off completely when not in use. Practical uses that come to mind include hard-to-reach installations such as smoke alarms but as per the usual, the possibilities are endless.

    The Tethercell uses low-power Bluetooth Smart (better known as Bluetooth 4.0) technology, which consumes very low amounts of energy at greater distances by using low data cycles instead of persistent data communication. The standard provides for a reach of up to 50 meters (160 feet) of range. One of the only downsides to using the Bluetooth 4.0 technology is that it is only available on newer iOS devices such as the iPhone 5, the new iPad and the iPad mini. Overall, the product seems like it could come in really handy. Those of you who are interested in the product should know that it is planned to be released in June 2013 but the pricing and distribution are still being worked out.

    Source: Tetherboard
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Control Your Batteries with your iPhone using the Upcoming Tethercell started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      So a battery version of a radio plug? Surly battery controlled things are portable and can be kept in easy to access places?
    1. MagicJustin's Avatar
      MagicJustin -
      I did a search for this and found they have an indiegogo campaign as well as a more informative video showing this off at Tethercell: Control battery-operated devices from your smartphone or tablet | Indiegogo
    1. sknet's Avatar
      sknet -
      innovation....
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      I'm trying to think of a really useful situation for this but I just can't.
    1. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
      RokeSmoreMeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by RyoSaeba View Post
      I'm trying to think of a really useful situation for this but I just can't.
      I can think of so many pranks to utilize this. Creepy battery operated dolls, battery powered radios and lights just to name a few. The possibilities endless.
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      Quote Originally Posted by RokeSmoreMeefer View Post
      I can think of so many pranks to utilize this. Creepy battery operated dolls, battery powered radios and lights just to name a few. The possibilities endless.
      Yup lol. It's gonna be fun!
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by RokeSmoreMeefer View Post
      I can think of so many pranks to utilize this. Creepy battery operated dolls, battery powered radios and lights just to name a few. The possibilities endless.
      Note "useful" but if pranks are your top priority... then who am I to argue?
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I went to their website and read their jargon.
      No real ideas about how to use this in the real world!
      The only thing I came up with is a battery operated lamp for hallway, basement or garage...