Pebble unveils Smart straps for Time and Time Steel

Remember when Pebble talked about attaching sensors to the back of its watches? Well, it’s now a reality. Sort of.

Pebble has announced Smart straps, a new modular way of adding sensors to a smartwatch.

What’s more, the platform is set to be compatible with both of Pebble’s newest smartwatches, the Time and Time Steel.

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Sort of like a Project Ara for smartwatches, the Smart straps ecosystem will be opened up to developers for tinkering.

This means that third-party OEMs can build custom straps for users, adding new levels of functionality to the Pebble smartwatches.

Pebble offered examples of sensory additions like heart-rate trackers, or even NFC support for mobile payments.

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It’s a pretty huge announcement as far as the wearables space goes as Pebble is launching the world’s first smart strap system.

This is especially good for the smartwatch space, as it means users and third-parties can make up for missing smartwatch features by lumping their own components onto a strap.

It could theoretically even be possible to create a battery strap, adding to the already formidable charge cycles of Pebble fare.

The straps attach to the Pebble watches via a new quick release pin for easy interchangeability. They also connect to a smart accessory port on the actual device body, enabling the modular functionality.

Pebble revealed to TrustedReviews that they anticipate the Smart straps not costing more than $50 to $100.

That’s pretty vague, but the pricing will very much depend on third-party input and the varying costs of components.

We’ll keep you posted as more details arrive about Pebble’s latest innovation.

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