Electronics & Computers

Tetherboard Announces App-Enabled Batteries

January 10, 2013

The company hopes its intelligent and interactive batteries will change the way consumers interact with battery-operated devices, achieving greater efficiency and reducing waste through rechargeable technologies.

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ -- With the EPA reporting that over 3 billion dry cell batteries (common household alkaline batteries) are consumed in the U.S. each year, there is already a large opportunity for battery waste reduction through rechargeables and other innovative technologies.

Tetherboard, through its family of app-enabled batteries (called Tethercell), seeks to provide an answer to this growing problem. Currently, everyday household batteries are used and disposed of without much knowledge of the remaining power, and battery power is not used in the most efficient manner. Tetherboard intends to change all of this by making batteries more intelligent and interactive.

Tethercell allows individuals, households, and companies to conveniently and more effectively deal with battery-powered devices by allowing them to:

  • Conveniently turn battery-operated devices on and off remotely
  • Ensure that objects remain off when they should be off (helping reduce energy waste)
  • Set on and off schedules, limiting the amount of usage when desired
  • Know when batteries are low so that replacements can be purchased before the batteries run out of power

With the proliferation of smartphones and the miniaturization of electronics, both of which are enabling the development of an array of app-enabled objects (such as: lightbulbs with LIFX, door locks with Lockitron, and location sensors with SticknFind), there currently is no effort focused on battery-operated devices or battery technology for that matter.

According to Tetherboard's Co-Founder, Kellan O'Connor: "Tethercell, in its current form, is a test-bed for future embeddable technologies that could reshape the world of batteries. We want to take what we've done so far, shrink it down even further, and actually embed the technology into existing battery designs."

For the development of this technology, Mr. O'Connor and his partner Trey Madhyastha drew inspiration for the design of their app-enabled batteries from their many years of experience at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), where they designed mechanical and fluid systems for the Falcon 9 rocket.

Tethercell was recently recognized as a finalist for the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards, sponsored by the Bluetooth SIG, and announced at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas. According to Suke Jawanda, Bluetooth SIG CMO: "The Tethercell is the world's first app-enabled battery controller. It capitalizes on Bluetooth's tiny footprint, low implementation cost, and the extremely low power consumption of Bluetooth Smart to give users mobile control over battery powered devices. It is a fascinating prototype, capturing all that is possible with Bluetooth."

Tetherboard will be demonstrating their app-enabled batteries at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Subsequently, the AA version of Tethercell will be available for pre-order on Indiegogo. The 9 V version of Tethercell will be available for pre-order by May 2013.

About Tetherboard
Tetherboard, founded in 2012, is a Los Angeles-based consumer electronics company created to better connect people to the everyday objects in their lives.

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