The Pebble and Pebble Steel Time time receive a great little accessory this week in the form of TYLT VU Pulse. The case, which adds monitoring of heart rate and wireless charging for both Pebble smartwatches and starts at $39USD, just hit Kickstarter and unsurprisingly it has already raised $50,000USD of its goal of $100,000USD.
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There are only 1,000 cases VU Pulse available for $ 39 and after that the price goes up to $ 44 for Early Birds and $ 49 thereafter. Shipping is scheduled for August 2016. It attaches to the contacts of accessories Pebble Time, adds 3 mm in height and width and works with two strips of pebbles and regular bands 22m watches.
Where the case of 4.4 mm thickness is fixed to a Pebble time, it can be loaded with a wireless charging pad Qi. It recharges to full in about two hours, which is much longer than using Pebbles charger owner, but it is also potentially less hassle.
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There is also an optical heart rate sensor which has two modes - Passive Mode takes your heart rate every 30 minutes and the active mode takes your heart rate ever 10 seconds to training and racing. TYLT's advice is that using the heart rate monitor for an hour in active mode will reduce the life of your battery Pebble time of about 8%.
The good news is that the impulse VU Pebble Health integrates with so you can add your heart rate data to your steps statistics, activity and sleep. By applying pulse VU Pebble time, you can press the center button on the watch to the implementation of the measures, heart rate, calories burned and access a timer. You can see the HR data in this application at the moment, but that syncs with Google and Apple both Fit Health, as Pebble health itself.
"Heart rate and wireless charging are the two most requested features in Pebble developer forums and two of the main features of other smartwatches, to use the accessory port to add these features with a protective case, co- cast is logical, "TYLT of" vice president of Kannyn MacRae product management told us.
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"We are pioneers in the field of wireless charging and we have developed housing battery products for several years. Construction and electronics are quite similar and that product goes directly to Kickstarter supporters, who are able to maintain the way of low prices to our Early Adopters. "
The pulse of the VU is not exactly a bracelet chip, but it is exactly the type of accessory that users will seize Pebble. It was not designed to be connected to their time Pebble 24/7 but with these two characteristics, it is okay. Kickstarter head as soon as possible for early booking unit if it is sold.