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Jackery Air adds five days of battery life to any device

Having met their Kickstarter goal, the world’s thinnest rechargeable battery will, in fact, begin production, bringing up to five days of charge to any device. Genius.

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Jackery Air hits Kickstarter funding goal

Jackery already offers charging tools for mobile devices, but with their $30K Kickstarter campaign reaching its funding goal, production of the new Jackery Air has been secured, making possible what they call the most thin rechargeable battery for mobile devices ever.

The company says they needed the funds to begin the “expensive production processes” which includes a super-thin design, high-capacity custom battery cells, and an aluminum case, all of which combine to offer up to five days of extra operational time. FIVE… DAYS.

The Jackery Air can offer this much time because of Jackery’s existing power lock technology which the company says enables the charger to retain its charging capabilities for up to six months when not in use. SIX… MONTHS.

A multi-platform capable charger, the Jackery Air can charge iOS, Android and Windows phone devices as well as tablets, multiple gaming devices and MP3 players. Two versions of the product will be produced including a 2800mAh version and a 5000mAh version. Both measure 4.9 x 4.0 inches in size, are only .3 inches in thickness and weigh 5.5 ounces or less.

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Reaching Kickstarter goals

“We reached our $30,000 goal quickly because Jackery Air is simply a great product that is ideal for today’s mobile users,” said Julie Wang, Chief Operating Officer of Jackery.

“Without these initial funds from Kickstarter backers, we wouldn’t be able to cover the customized manufacturing which is essential to the Jackery Air’s small footprint and leading performance,” Wang added. “This product is a real game changer for the industry because it offers users an extremely portable charging option that matches or exceeds the design aesthetics of their own devices.”

The device will likely be most popular with business travelers, but because of its small size, it could become the default back up power source for all types of people.

Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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  1. ktiedt

    June 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    but its 1amp out… which means… it wont work well for a lot of newer devices that are 2amp draw… also not sure how 5000mah is supposed to give 5 days… considering phones these days have 2600mah batteries to start with… it looks cool though…

    • Curious mind

      June 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I have the same question exactly, how did they figure out an extended 5 day battery life? Does it mean I can use my phone 24/7 for 5 days straight?!

      • ktiedt

        June 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        Sorry I didnt cross post my other info here, I talked with the developers over on Kickstarter for this product and the 5 day for any device is a misnomer… basically a based on the battery life of the 1440mah battery in the iPhone 5… it will get ~5 days charge time (essentially they get 3-4 additional charges out of their battery pack… As for the rest…. they claim since it outputs a full 5V charge… that while it is only 1amp output, it will charge any device that uses USB charging — however if a device is normally expecting 2a+ it will simply charge slower through this device…

        • Curious mind

          June 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

          Thanks for the comment. No worries, it was really perhaps a misleading article title. How long the battery lasts depends on an user’s own way of using his mobile device. Yes, this 5000 mAh battery can charge an 1440 mAh iPhone battery up to more than 3 times, but if, for example, I were a heavy iPhone user, and I am constantly using power apps like instagram, fb, or whatever, I will deplete my iPhone battery pretty fast, and I will use up the 5000 mAh mobile battery charger pretty fast too, perhaps within the same day.

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Google acquires AR manufacturer, North, but what for?

(TECH GADGETS) Google has recently purchased North, an AR startup that boasts impressive 3-D holographic visual displays, but what they plan to do with this new merger is unclear.

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If you allowed pop culture to influence your beliefs about what the 21st century might look like, then you — like most of society — have probably not-so-secretly been hoping that today might vaguely resemble the marvels promised to us from the Back to the Future franchise. After all, we were all assured that we’d have hoverboards to shuttle around on, 3-D holographic advertisements to admire, and a Florida baseball team to root for.

Reality, however, has proven to be starkly different than this fantasy. Sadly, we only got one of these three incredible offerings, but the tech startup, North, is now trying to change all of that by providing us with a new, augmented reality alternative.

It’s fair to say that North, an AR smart lens manufacturer, has been met with both significant hype and equally significant challenges. While the enthusiasm about this company has been reasonably justified (a holographic real-time display in your field of vision is admittedly a pretty cool idea), they still somehow managed to repeatedly fall short on expectations. There have been numerous problems from the get-go that can be blamed for holding them back, too.

What issues, you might be asking? Well, for instance, the price of getting your hands on a sweet share of these sci-fi specs was an exorbitant $999. And if you wanted to get properly fitted in them, you had to not only shell out those beaucoup dollars, you also had to pop into one of two of their only brick-and-mortar retail shops. Even lowering the price of their AR glasses (dubbed “Focals”) down to a mere $600 per pop couldn’t save North from floundering.

Their struggles gradually became public in an assortment of actions performed by the company. First, they laid off something like 150 of their current staff. Then it was brought to light that North secured $40 million in bridge financing to help them stay afloat. Their next step was to cut out the middleman (the retail shops) and take their business entirely online. And if that wasn’t enough, they then finally pulled Focals from their inventory, with a vow to roll out an even better product (Focals 2.0) sometime in 2020.

If you were wondering where this new and improved product was, then wonder no longer: it was never made. Perhaps coronavirus squashed operations. Maybe North couldn’t drum up any more capital for their product. Either way, it was obvious that they needed another major bailout…and we now know that their much-needed helping hand has come from an unexpected place. In an announcement this week, Google has revealed that they have acquired this flailing AR tech company, and the two companies now plan to join heads to potentially (finally!) see this project through.

Google themselves are no stranger to AR, and many people may recall their attempts to get their own AR smart lenses (called “Google Glass”) up and running. Like Focals, though, the company simply couldn’t gain enough traction for Glass to become a popular product from the tech giant. While Google Glass is still available for purchase, it never became the mainstream tech revolution that Google had hoped it would be.

It’s exciting to see these two augmented reality greats come together with a unified goal in mind. After all, they already have a lot in common, with both companies serving as notable innovation masterminds, highly capable of designing and creating impressive AR technology. With that said, it’s still unclear what Google plans to do with its new purchase. Details of the acquisition are understandably hush-hush, and it’s been reported that all evidence of the first-gen of Focals will be scrubbed from the app store by the end of July 2020.

Perhaps this merger will finally allow us to see the much-anticipated Focals 2.0 come to life. Who knows? We eventually got to see the Miami Marlins not only become an actual baseball team, but also win the World Series (not once, but twice!). So is it that much more of a leap to also expect to see affordable holographic displays in our visual field? It’s an intriguing premise, and one that’s exciting to consider. Heck, we’re right there on the cusp of having real-deal hoverboards, too, so maybe this new version of augmented reality can finally become a true reality, as well.

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Google Glass didn’t succeed, but Apple’s AR glasses might

(TECH GADGETS) Apple Glass: Are AR glasses gimmicky, or can Apple improve where Google failed? The potential is enormous, but can Apple meet the expectations?

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Apple may announce a new addition to the iFamily this year: Apple Glass, a set of AR glasses to complement existing Apple products. Even though we’ve seen this story before, here’s why Apple’s rumored eyewear might deserve your attention–if not your money.

This certainly isn’t the first time a technology company has taken their brand name and slotted the word “Glass” after it to create hype. In 2015, Google Glass was discontinued–quite publicly, in fact–due to a variety of issues, chief among which were privacy concerns, and an untenable price tag of around $1500. Lacking a clear market and suitable demand, the shades were put to rest, though it should be noted that a rebranded version is available now (for $999).

Apple is a company that has, in the past, showed a propensity for iteration rather than innovation; the Apple Watch, while a stylish and functional improvement on existing wearable technology, wasn’t even close to the first of its kin, and early versions of the iPad were scrutinized against similarly sized, lower-priced counterparts. This isn’t to say that Apple doesn’t do tech better–just that they are, often enough, pretty late to the party.

In the case of AR glasses, this is a habit that may suit Apple well.

Put bluntly, there isn’t a clearly established need for smart glasses, and while critics of the Apple Watch were quick to say the same thing about that implement, anyone who has worn one for a few hours can recognize (if not fully appreciate) the handiness–no pun intended. It seems fair to afford Apple some grace with this in mind, but the fact remains that the demand for a set of AR glasses simply isn’t there for now.

On the other hand (again, no pun intended), Apple is the master of creating demand and hype where previously there was naught but slumber. For this reason, it behooves us to keep an eye on Apple’s unveiled tech this year–if for no other reason than to know for sure how the company plans to address the sticky issue of AR wearables.

After all, there are numerous medical, exploratory, and generally functional applications for which one could feasibly use AR in a beneficial (not gimmicky) manner, and if Apple is able to expedite that process, far be it from us to criticize. Yet.

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The Apple Watch isn’t just a way to ignore calls, it could save your life

(TECH GADGETS) A lot of people balked at the idea of an Apple Watch, and even though many of its features seem superfluous, it has actually saved lives.

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Apple products are known for invasive yet convenient features–Face ID, Keychain, and AirDrop being some of the more notable ones–but the Apple Watch emergency dial feature might be the most useful one of them all.

If you’ve had the pleasure of setting up an Apple Watch from scratch, you know that the Healthcare app asks some invasive questions. This app, among other things, is responsible for curating a list of emergency contacts (something you can also populate via the Contacts app on your iPhone)–and this list might save your life if you take an unexpected tumble, at least if you have a Series 4 or 5 watch.

The way the feature works is relatively simple: If the watch senses that a user has rapidly or heavily fallen, it will initiate a haptic pulse along with a message asking the user to confirm that they are okay. Should the user fail to address this notification, the watch will call emergency services–and the user’s emergency contact list–with details including the user’s GPS coordinates.

The fall detection feature has reportedly worked for a few Apple Watch owners, one of whom passed out and didn’t wake up until emergency services arrived.

It is worth noting that the Apple Watch has another potentially life-saving feature: an ECG attached to the Heart Rate app. In theory, the Heart Rate app can detect abnormalities in one’s heartbeat and warn the user of an impending issue such as a stroke or a heart attack. Anyone who owns an Apple Watch knows that the Heart Rate app can be finicky, but Apple seems likely to continue tweaking this app as the watch ages.

While several owners have publicly attested to the effectiveness of these features, this shouldn’t be taken as an endorsement of the Apple Watch’s ability to save a life. An Apple Watch is still, first and foremost, a novelty–one that won’t always perform the way it’s meant to.

Future iterations of the watch–starting with the Series 6–are expected to expand on these medical features by adding monitoring for blood oxygen levels as well as improvements on existing features.

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