Our first campaign ended without the required funding - one of the risks here on Kickstarter. We did however raise over USD80K and received support from almost 1500 backers. This gave us the confidence and motivation to re-focus, re-design, and re-launch our campaign. To set a lower funding goal we had to reduce our costs. We went from three designs in 3 sizes to one design in two sizes, going from 9 molds to just 2 molds. We also found a new tooling partner that is more competitively priced and more flexible regarding their required volumes to set up production lines at their facility. The quality and functionality of the EMBRACE+ hasn't changed though.
You can recharge the battery with a micro-usb charging cable that comes with the EMBRACE+. You can connect the cable to a laptop or any generic charging adapter with USB port. The charging time for a fully charged battery is only 10 minutes via a laptop!
The thickness of the band is 5.4mm and the thickness of the part that houses the electronics is only 8mm. The band width is 12mm all along its circumference. Please note that the prototype in our video and photos is almost 30% thicker on top!
The sturdy but flexible material of the band allows us to build a push button inside the part that houses the electronics. By firmly pressing a specific but ordinary spot on the band you can turn on the EMBRACE+ which then automatically connects to your phone via Bluetooth 2.1 or 4.0.
WhatsApp and Viber do not officially support the necessary Bluetooth profiles for compatibility with the EMBRACE+. We will try some workarounds after the core development has been finalized and will update all backers by then.
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