Wearables are somewhere between the fad of the month, and the next big thing at the moment, with new models being released almost every week. This being said, wearable tech, especially smart watches, are plagued by a serious problem: battery life. Due to their small size, but high power consumer, they often require charging more than once a day, causing a severe inconvenience to the wearer.
Lots of companies are trying their best to come up with solutions to this problem. These include; embedded solar panels, experimental batteries, wireless charging and even carrying an extra battery built into a wrist-bangle. However, for one reason or another they have all failed to see any widespread adoption. Now Samsung, a company which has released more smartwatches than any other, is marketing its own, rather low-tech solution.
It comes in the form of a cable which allows you to share battery between Samsung devices. This cable plugs into a device with a larger battery, say a large smartphone or tablet, and allows you to share battery charge with a wearable device like a smartwatch.
Currently the list of devices which can supply power is restricted to the: Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Avant and the Galaxy Note 4. On the other side, the device receiving power can be any product which is compatible with a standard micro-USB cable.
In order to control this power sharing capability, Samsung has created a specialised app, unsurprisingly named “Power Sharing”. This allows a user to designate how long a device should be powered for, or how much power will be given. It also enables you to monitor the progress of the transfer, and the rate at which power is being shared.
While this isn’t obviously going to end the battery problems of wearables, it might go some way to providing a short term fix. Meanwhile, we are still waiting on those “revolutionary” graphene batteries…
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