Whilst the T-Band Smart Strap is currently still a gadget concept in the making, it sure is a fantastic one, the latest idea is that it lets you transform your favourite watch into a smartwatch with the simple addition of a new strap which is equipped with a hidden display and is available as either T-BAND OD with PMOLED display or T-Band HD (Hidden Display).
The T-Band Smart Strap project is currently up for funding on Indiegogo looking to raise $50,000, with pledges starting from $129. As of today, it has reached 25% of its target with 36 days remaining.
The design itself is non-intrusive for those who are style and design conscious, best of all, it leaves your existing watch alone, not interfering with your analog watch’s functionality but adds to it, giving it a futuristic upgrade. Take a look at the video below.
T-BAND HD (Hidden Display) model is designed for people who want all of the smart watch functions while being super discreet. LED panels are embedded below a thin “membrane” like material which hides the display. When it’s turned off (default mode), the T-band HD actually looks like the ND model (rubber band). When there is a push notification or alert, the hidden LED panel lights up and display the necessary information.
Battery life is same as the OD model (200mAH) which is expected to last 2-3 days on a full charge. The HD model however has one downside- it can only display English alphanumeric text and numbers. Non-alphabet characters (such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean Arabic, Russia, etc.) will not be displayed. Images and videos are also not able to be displayed through this model.
The unit is powered by ARM® Cortex-M4 processor with Dual mode Bluetooth Classic and BLE. This setup allows the T-band to be compatible with a wide range of smartphone models (from old to new). The OD model is also equipped with an on board Mic for Speech to Text capabilities (requires 3rd party app support).