Q Designs has developed a unisex bracelet that can charge smartphones and other electronics.
The QBracelet will retail for $99 and is available in polished and matted silver as well as polished gold, the New York City–based company says. It contains a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and has versions that work on Apple and Android devices.
Wearers charge their devices via a connector that lies within the bracelet’s clasp. It offers a 60 percent charge for most phones, Q Designs said. Three LED lights indicate the charging status.
The idea came to CEO James Kernan when his phone died during a trip to Italy, leaving him unable to call people or map his trip.
“On his flight back, he came up with this idea,” the company’s chief operating officer Alessandro Libani tells JCK.
The duo wanted to create this product as a bracelet in order to hop on the wearable-technology trend.
“Ultimately we felt the wrist was something people felt comfortable wearing something on, like watches or a bracelet,” he says. “We also wanted to have a piece that you could disguise as a piece of jewelry.”
The polished gold version
The piece does heat up after a charge, Libani admits.
“It is extremely minimal,” he says. “It doesn’t get hot, just a little warm, the same way the back of your iPhone gets after you use it a lot.”
The duo hopes to eventually sell their product in upscale boutiques and stores, including jewelers.
“We definitely want to appeal to a fashionable demographic,” he says.
QBracelet is available in small, medium, and large sizes.