1. Akshay Masand's Avatar


    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

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2013-01-11 12:05 PM
  2. spazturtle's Avatar
    So a battery version of a radio plug? Surly battery controlled things are portable and can be kept in easy to access places?
    2013-01-11 04:01 PM
  3. MagicJustin's Avatar
    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
    2013-01-11 05:14 PM
  4. sknet's Avatar
    innovation....
    2013-01-11 05:34 PM
  5. RyoSaeba's Avatar
    I'm trying to think of a really useful situation for this but I just can't.
    2013-01-11 10:07 PM
  6. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
    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.
    2013-01-11 10:19 PM
  7. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
    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!
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    2013-01-12 05:36 AM
  8. RyoSaeba's Avatar
    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?
    2013-01-12 06:58 AM
  9. thevmax's Avatar
    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...
    2013-01-13 08:43 AM
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