Pebble watches are about to get smarter thanks to a new GPS-enabled strap that apparently gives you up to 24 hours of GPS tracking. The Powerstrap Pal hit Kickstarter a few days ago and has already raised more than half of its $80k funding goal.
The GPS smartatrap by Powerstrap works with both the Pebble Time and Time Steel. It uses an independent Qualcomm SiRF GPS module, so you won’t need to be connected to the internet like the Samsung Gear S2 3G.
The Pal smartstrap also contains a rechargeable 250mAh Battery, so the juice won’t be sucked out of your watch when using the GPS to track your outdoor larks. If you’re not using the GPS, the strap can be used as a backup power supply for your Pebble Time – which already has one of the best battery lives of any wearable you could call a smartwatch.
The backup charging process can be activated manually, or auto-triggering occurs when your Pebble’s battery is critically low. To keep the charging process hassle-free, the Powerstrap Pal uses the same charger as the Pebble.
GPS data received by the strap is shipped over to Pebble for display and storage, and you can instantly access your data with the Pal companion app for iOS and Android. The extra features added to your Pebble by the strap include: speed, pace, distance, elevation, altitude, lap time, route mapping and more.
Pebble smartwatches are already pretty capable in the domain of fitness tracking. The addition of GPS tracking brings it up to a whole new level in my opinion, and the extra battery life is a bonus.
The smartstrap will be available in a variety of colors: black, white, red, blue, yellow and green. Pal may well turn out to be Pebble’s best Pal, even if it’s not the best looking accessory in the world.
All the earlybird prices of $65 have been snapped up, but you can still add GPS tracking to your Pebble Time for $79 over at Kickstarter. The estimated shipping date is October 2016.