Braidio: Technology Should Extend Battery Life of Wearables

In the US, scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a technique with the provisional name Braidio. In this way, “Braid of Radios” is shortened, which roughly means an interlacing of the radio signals. Braidio is expected to extend the battery life of smartwatches and fitness wristbands as the wearables for communication tasks tap other devices in the vicinity, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. The researchers behind the project speak in part of a hundredfold of the accumulation times.

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Braidio would also make wearables significantly slimmer or more compact, because you could reduce the integrated batteries, which take up a lot of space. The basis of Braidio is Bluetooth, an interface that basically integrates any Smartwatch and any other mobile device. Braidio uses only the regal Bluetooth, if enough battery charging is available, but changes to the much more economical RFID, if it could be scarce. Then the main part of the battery consumption is shifted, so to speak, to networked, other devices, in the vicinity.

Simply put, Braidio allows the power consumption between Smartwatch and connected Smartwatch to be distributed so that the smartphone is more heavily loaded. That would benefit the wearables of the wearables, which due to their small size have to do with smaller batteries.

When and whether Braidio makes it into products for the mass market is still open. The principle is similar to cloud computing, where, thanks to networked communication, data centers at a different location, for example, take over the complex calculations for voice control on smartphones. In this case, one would also ensure that the product can be more heavily loaded with the larger battery during the communication between the devices.