A new smartwatch from AmbitEnergy, a San Francisco startup, is being pitched as a way to keep your phone charged even when you’re out and about.
The company has partnered with the San Francisco Public Library to create a “living energy” watch that will let you know when your phone is charging, as well as automatically turn off your phone when you leave a coffee shop, bar, restaurant, or bar.
The watch will track your phone’s current battery level, and will notify you if it’s full or full-charged.
“We’re trying to build something that will not only help you save energy, but also recharge your battery, and do it while you’re in a safe place,” Ambit CEO John Davenport told Polygon.
“The idea is that if you get a phone or a phone charger, that will tell you that the phone is fully charged.
That way, if you need to charge your phone while you walk around or if you’re going to get a drink, you can have it charge up in a way that will save you energy.”
The smartwatch is being designed to be as low-maintenance as possible, and is being built with the idea that people can’t replace their phones every day.
Ambit’s team will focus on the first two steps of that process: “How do you know that it’s really full?”
“When you’re not at a bar or a coffeehouse or anywhere else, do you want to put it away and put it on your shelf and go?
Or do you just leave it there for a day or two?
We want to make sure that the second step of that is that you actually charge it again.”
The idea of a smartphone that’s “fully charged” is not new.
Companies have been trying to do this for years.
There’s even a company called SmartCodes, which tries to make smartwatches with a few key components.
SmartCode is based on Google Glass, and the company has already shipped a few prototypes.
Davenponsent said he believes that the design of the smartwatch could be similar to that of Glass, although the company does not yet have a firm price for the device.
It’s still early days for Ambit, and there are a few issues to be worked out before it can ship the watch to customers.
But Davenpacess said that the company is working on a “hardware roadmap” to bring the device to market.
“You could even have a phone that you plug into the watch, and it will charge automatically,” he said.
The idea is to have a device that’s fully-charged and you don’t have to touch the device at all, he said, and to make the watch easier to use.
Divenpacess also said that Ambit is targeting an “annualized” cost of $150.
“I think we can make that into a device where we’re making it affordable for the average consumer,” he added.
“That’s where the potential is.”