LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Powerstrap today introduced Pal, the world's first independent #GPS #smartstrap for Pebble Time (#PebbleTime) and Pebble Time Steel (#PebbleTimeSteel) watches. Unlike GPS on smartphones that drain 4-5 hours of battery, the Pal smartstrap lengthens each watch's battery life by seven extra days, allowing users to leave their smartphones behind and enjoy their outdoor activities freely. The #Kickstarter #crowdfunding campaign http://kck.st/1V7uqhs has a funding goal of $80,000 USD and features limited Early Bird specials of $65.00 USD (40% off retail) and several other rewards for early backers.
Designed to track wearers' speed, distance, elevation and route for up to 24 hours without the need of a smartphone, Pal is built with industry-leading Qualcomm SiRF GPS that not only conserves a user's smartphone battery but also acts as a battery backup for their Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel watches. Pal provides quick signal pick up (within three minutes) and tracks all aspects of the journey, recording data that can later be accessed on the companion app for iOS and Android. After GPS signal is picked up, Pal continues to work even if the wearer goes indoors for a while and then comes back out.
In-app, Pal utilizes location log records from the GPS to display the route and provides information of the user's pace, speed, lap time, altitude, etc. In turn, the app displays GPS traces on Google Maps and exercise performance charts that allow users to preset targets, measure performance and share their performance on social channels. Individuals can customize Pal's data display mode and sequence from their mobile app.
"We designed Pal to empower users to maximize their time outdoors while extending the functionality of their Pebble watch," said David Yeung, co-founder, Powerstrap. "With consistent and accurate tracking, Pal boosts a user's performance while maximizing functionalities, making this innovative smartstrap a perfect companion for all Pebble owners – from casual users to those heading out on an adventure."
With a battery capacity of 250 mAh, Pal can also serve as battery backup. Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel watch batteries can be charged from Pal's internal battery or external charging port underneath the strap to provide users with on-the go, hassle-free charging.
"We are truly excited to support Powerstrap and the development of their Pal smart strap because GPS and extra battery life are the kinds of features that our community has always wanted," said Eric Migicovsky, founder & CEO, Pebble. "Because of this, we've worked closely with the team at Pal for over a year to deliver a great addition to our Pebble watches, and we think you'll be amazed by everything it can do!"
Available in Red, White, Black, Yellow, Green and Blue, Pal is water and sweat resistant and is 20% lighter than the average GPS watch. Together, Pal and the Pebble Time weigh only 65 grams and offer users enhanced functionalities without added weight or bulkiness. The interchangeable design features a unique strap curvature that is ergonomically engineered to fit every wrist size.
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Founded in 2014, Hong Kong-based Powerstrap is comprised of a team of engineers with strong development backgrounds in watches, electronics, mechanical design and batteries. Powerstrap is a member company of Incu-Tech Program of Hong Kong Science & Technology Park. For more information, visit www.palstrap.com.
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