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Now, you can make phone calls with Pebble watch, experience private calls with Apple watch, or make ANY fashion watch a smartwatch.

Now, you can make phone calls with Pebble watch, experience private calls with Apple watch, or make ANY fashion watch a smartwatch. Read more
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/3034741/hardware/hot-band-is-a-wacky-watch-strap-that-makes-your-analog-timepiece-smart.html

http://www.cnet.com/videos/how-desperate-are-you-to-turn-your-regular-watch-into-a-smart-one/  

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2016/02/14/5-weird-tech-products-kickstarter/80225750/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ph-technical-labs-launches-hot-131300542.html;_ylt=AwrC1jGA_MVWhkwAO5aTmYlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEzc2p0NzZlBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDVklEUFJEXzEEc2VjA3Nj

The HOT Band by PHTL

The HOT Band uses patented technology to add private calling to your Apple, Pebble, or most any other watch. 

It also turns your classic watch into a smartwatch allowing users to converse and connect straight from the wrist. Now, you can have it all. Smartwatch functionality with a classic watch style.

The HOT Band pairs with any Bluetooth smartphone and comes with two fob options:

The HOT Band Audio Fob (for Apple, Pebble, and most any watch)

The HOT Band paired with the Audio Fob delivers our patented Hands-On-Talk technology to nearly any watch. We’ve improved conversational isolation to offer completely private calling. The Audio Fob works either attached to your HOT Band or can be detached and used as a stand-alone Bluetooth headset. When docked to the HOT Band, the Audio Fob flips into the sweet spot of your palm to achieve a clear, private call using only your hand as a phone receiver.

The HOT Band Smart Fob (for classic watch owners)

The Smart Fob has been designed for classic watch owners who want to add smartwatch features such as: phone notifications, real-time weather, fitness stats, and music controls. The Smart Fob features a touch responsive user interface to scroll through the various screens.

You don’t have to choose just one fob. The Audio Fob can be swapped out at any time with the Smart Fob and vice versa.

Granted Patent Numbers: 9152130, 9002420, 8855729, 8515505

HOT Band with Audio Fob
HOT Band with Audio Fob

HOT Band Audio Fob provides private calling, an important feature currently missing from smartwatches.

HOT Band with Smart Fob
HOT Band with Smart Fob

Functions with Apple watch, Pebble watch, or any wrist watch with a 20 mm, 22 mm, or 24 mm band (with spring-bar or apple connector). 

What's so hot about the HOT Band?

- HOT Band uses patented technology to provide private calling with any watch

- HOT Band can be added to any smartwatch or classic watch

- HOT Band pairs with any Bluetooth smartphone

The HOT Band is the only technology that adds a private calling feature to any watch - whether a smartwatch or a classic watch.

• Smartwatches: The HOT Band can be used with most smartwatch brands including, Apple, Pebble and others. Its' patented technology not only allows users to benefit from private calling, but also allows users to make a call simply by raising their hand to their ear.

• Classic watch: Don't have a smartwatch? No problem. The HOT Band can also turn your classic watch into a smartwatch, allowing you to receive notifications, control music, get weather updates, and can also track your fitness activities during the day.

HOT Band Details:

  • Adds private calling feature to Apple, Pebble, or any other smartwatch or classic watch
  • Transforms classic watch into a smartwatch 
  • Receives calls more easily than ever before
  • Detaches and transforms into a Bluetooth headset for hands free calling (Audio Fob)
  • Allows for notifications at a glance (Smart Fob)
  • Gives you most smartwatch features on your classic watch (Smart Fob)
  • Keeps phone conversations private without phone handling
  • Adds a more durable, drop-free phone solution 

With HOT Band, you can have it all - smartwatch functionality and classic watch style.

fob concept sketch
fob concept sketch
Current Prototypes; Audio Fob, Smart Fob, Audio Fob shown w/detachable earpiece (left to right)
Current Prototypes; Audio Fob, Smart Fob, Audio Fob shown w/detachable earpiece (left to right)

 HOT Band FAQ:

How do I get private calling with the device? 

  • Flip open the Audio Fob 180 degrees to answer the call. The speaker should now be at the entry point of the palm. Cup the palm to your ear with bottom of the palm to enable clear sound. 

How do I answer and end the call? 

  • Flip open the Audio Fob 180 degrees to answer the call. 
  • To end the call, flip back the Audio Fob to its rest position. 

Can I replace the ear bud tips? 

  • Yes, you can use standard ear bud tips that fits stem diameter of 4-5 mm.

How do I charge the device?

  • The device comes with custom magnetic charger cable (same as the one used in HOT Watch). Additional cables can be ordered.

How is HOT Band private calling different than HOT Watch?

  • With a the flip open design, we have achieved more privacy compared to the HOT Watch.

Can I use one band for both the Audio Fob and the Smart fob?

       Yes. Both fobs are easily swappable on the same band.

Which notifications are shown on a Smart Fob?

       Smart fob gets all notifications from your phone and show it on the screen. You can also check weather, meeting times and control music from the smart fob.

What fitness stats are available on the Smart Fob?

    •  Steps walked, calories burned, time walked, distance traveled and target for the day.

How is the HOT Band Bluetooth connection different from the HOT Watch?

  • The HOT Watch, utilized a third party module – which not only caused delays, but required a software patch to stabilize the connection. With HOT Band, we've worked directly with CSR – using their proven solutions to maintain a stable, longer-range Bluetooth connection.

Will HOT Band have electronics inside the watch band?

  • No. All electronic components are limited to the fob(s). We've learned from previous experiences and have ensured this device is capable of being manufactured quickly so that we are able to fulfill orders on-time and on-budget.
Prototype HOT Band with Audio fob
Prototype HOT Band with Audio fob

The HOT Band pairs with any Bluetooth smartphone and comes with two fob options: Audio and Smart

HOT Band with Audio Fob Details:

  • Features a luxury leather band with integrated sound 
  • Supports Apple 42 and 38 mm watches with metal connector 
  • Supports all watches (Pebble time, Samsung Gear S2, or any fashion watch) with 20 mm, 22 mm or 24 mm spring bar pins. 
  • Comes with quick release spring bars for easy replacement 
  • Ships with easy snap clasp with one-time wrist size adjustment 
  • Features private calls with flip open design
  • Features easy UI: Open fob to answer – close fob to end call
  • Comes with extra ear inserts in multiple sizes
  • Gives you two days of battery life
  • Uses a magnetic charger 
  • Is water resistant 
  • Features noise and echo cancellation
  • Uses dynamic volume leveling – auto adjusts based on environmental noise
  • Gives you high quality audio with precise frequency spectrum response

HOT Band with Smart fob details: 

  • Luxury leather band 
  • Supports Apple 42 and 38 mm watches with metal connector 
  • Supports most smartwatches or fashion watches with 20 mm, 22 mm or 24 mm spring bar pins
  • HOT Band comes with quick release spring bars for easy replacement  
  • Easy snap clasp with one-time wrist size adjustment 
  • Compact monochrome OLED display with touch 
  • Fitness data on your fashion watch 
  • Notifications on your fashion watch 
  • Music control on your fashion watch 
  • Meeting alerts on your fashion watch 
  • Alerts with micro vibration motor 
  • Weather and other information display 
  • Gesture controls for rejecting a call or switching on the display
  • Smart fob can fit in HOT Band buckle for quick replacement 
  • One week battery life 
  • Magnetic charger 
  • Water resistant 

In addition to place your Smart Fob at the bottom of your wrist with your favorite watch, with the Smart fob wristband you can also place it on top to add versatility to your experience. Smart fob wristband (Silicone/PU) will come with all smart fob pledges.

Smart fob silicone band concept
Smart fob silicone band concept
smart fob app screen
smart fob app screen
HOT Band with an Apple Watch
HOT Band with an Apple Watch

Some of the Supported Watches:

HOT Band supports the 38 mm and the 42 mm apple watch and all of the other watches with 20 mm, 22 mm and 24 mm band sizes, which comes with spring bar or quick release spring bar pin connectors.

With Apple Connector:

  • Apple Watch 42 mm and 38 mm

With spring bar or quick release spring bar connectors (supports watches with 20 mm, 22 mm and 24 mm):

  • Pebble and Pebble Time
  • Samsung Gear S2
  • LG Urbane
  • Moto 360-2
  • Cartier with supported band sizes
  • Rolex with supported band sizes
  • Fossil with supported band sizes
  • Invicta with supported band sizes
  • Times with supported band sizes
  • Citizen with supported band sizes
  • Bulova with supported band sizes
  • Seiko with supported band sizes
  • Accutron with supported band sizes
  • Casio with supported band sizes
Left to Right: spring bar pins, Apple Watch connector, quick release pins (comes with HOT Band)
Left to Right: spring bar pins, Apple Watch connector, quick release pins (comes with HOT Band)

Leather Options:

HOT Band comes with multiple stylish leather options. High quality alligator skin leather and oil pull up leather – both available in black and brown.

The strap comes in two sizes: Small/Medium (wrist size 140 mm/5.5” to 185 mm/7.3”) and Large/XLarge (160 mm/6.3” to 210 mm/8.2”).

(Previous HOT Watch Backers will receive an extra leather band as a thank you gesture)

Left to Right: Italian alligator black, Italian alligator brown, Italian oil pull up black, Italian oil pull up brown
Left to Right: Italian alligator black, Italian alligator brown, Italian oil pull up black, Italian oil pull up brown

HOT Band Audio fob: Private call using any watch

The Hands-On-Talk technology uses sound projected into a cupped palm. When in this position, with hand held against the ear, the audio fob provides completely private call – just as with traditional phones. 

Hands On Talk
Hands On Talk

Headset Mode: Works as a Bluetooth headset

The Bluetooth Audio fob can also be pulled out of the strap buckle to be used as an independent Bluetooth headset. The fob can be docked back into the buckle at any time after usage. 

HOT Band Smart: Convert an ordinary watch into a smartwatch

Smart watch features:

Notifications and call alerts with vibration

Meeting alerts with vibration 

Music control (Play, Pause, Next and Prev song) 

Current weather updates

Fitness tracking stats:

Steps taken, Calories burned, Distance walked, Walking/Running duration and Target for the day

Smart Fob, Early Prototype, Notifications
Smart Fob, Early Prototype, Notifications
Smart fob, notification screen, early prototype
Smart fob, notification screen, early prototype
Prototype HOT Band with an Audio fob on a classic watch
Prototype HOT Band with an Audio fob on a classic watch
Prototype HOT Band with Audio fob on an Apple watch
Prototype HOT Band with Audio fob on an Apple watch
Prototype HOT Band with Audio fob on a Pebble watch
Prototype HOT Band with Audio fob on a Pebble watch
Prototype Audio fob being used as a Bluetooth headset
Prototype Audio fob being used as a Bluetooth headset

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Specs:

Bluetooth: 2.1 (HOT Band with Audio fob)

Bluetooth: 4.0 (HOT Band with Smart fob)

Output Power: Class 2

Radio Frequency: 2.4GHz to 2.48GHz

Bluetooth Range: 10M or 33 Ft

Communication Modes: Hands on-Talk mode, Headset Mode, Fitness/Notifications Mode

Audio: Echo Cancellation, Auto Volume Gain for wind and external noise

Supported Classic Profiles: HFP, A2DP (Audio Fob), BLE, ANCS, SPP over BLE (Smart Fob)

Charging Time: 1 Hour 

Normal Usage: Audio Fob: 2 days without charge (3 hour talk time), Smart Fob: 1 week

Charging Input: 5V 200mA

Features: Phone call, voice response, fitness, notifications, music controls, weather

Battery Type: Lithium Ion Polymer 40mAh

Working Temperature: 0-45 C

Fob color: Black

Prototype HOT Band shown with Audio Fob, Smart Fob, and Audio Fob w/detachable earpiece (left to right)
Prototype HOT Band shown with Audio Fob, Smart Fob, and Audio Fob w/detachable earpiece (left to right)

Estimated Delivery:

Each rewards category will have a different estimated shipping time.  We are very confident that we will meet or beat all the timelines given for each reward. If for some unforeseen reason, we miss the shipping timeline, we will offer a FULL REFUND, if requested, before the reward is shipped.

Warranty:

Each HOT Band will be under a limited one year warranty.

International Backers:

We will mail the reward with $49 declared value.  We cannot estimate duties/charges from your local customs.  Backers will be responsible for paying their local duties.

HOT Band Dimensions
HOT Band Dimensions

 Patent Numbers: 9152130, 9002420, 8855729, 8515505

Risks and challenges

The HOT Band is nearly complete. We have final, fully-working prototypes ready. Audio, radio connectivity, and hardware components have all been tested. We have also selected the hardware vendors and have a clear timeline for deliveries, although some unforeseen supply chain risks do remain, as with any production. If we do not meet the set timeline, backers can request a refund before the reward ships.

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