Advances in "intercom" technologies used in mobile phones seem to know no boundaries. Innomdle Lab recently launched a Kickstarter campaign where it unveiled its latest development, the Sgnl Smart Watchband.
Its main feature is the ability to transmit sound vibrations through the hand, which amplifies the sound when the finger touches the ear. The system blocks some extraneous background noise. Feedback with the subscriber is provided using the built-in microphone in Sgnl.
The difference between Sgnl, for example, from titanium headphones, which transmit sound vibrations to the inner ear through the cheekbones, is not the bones of the skull, but the hand.
It should be noted that the smart strap is not "stand alone", but works in tandem with mobile devices (OS Android 4.4 or iOS 8) via Bluetooth. Sgnl has the function of generating oscillations at the moment when the user presses on the wrist. He also receives notifications of incoming calls and answers them with the press of a button.
Sgnl algorithms are designed to complement the capabilities of a sound transducer by focusing and amplifying sound signals. Users can adjust the volume using the buttons on the strap, and the microphone provides two-way communication. The built-in battery provides the gadget with continuous communication for 4 hours and standby time - up to 7 days.
Sgnl is compatible with most 18-24mm classic smartwatches, including Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, Pebble Time. However, it can also be worn as a standalone accessory. There is a mobile application with call reminder, activity tracking and smart alerts.
There are 37 days left until the end of the fundraising campaign. For those who dare to purchase a new gadget, it will cost $ 99 with an accompanying kit. Serial release of Sgnl is scheduled for February 2017.