Tethercell Lets You Control Battery-Operated Devices With Your iPhone


TetherBoard founders–Trey Madhyastha and Kellan O’Connor–two aerospace engineers who have designed mechanical and fluid systems for the Falcon 9 rocket at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have re-imagined the everyday battery.

They’re looking for funding on crowd-funding site Indiegogo to make Tethercell a reality.

Tethercell is essentially an AA-sized battery, which lets you switch battery-operated devices on and off, set on and off schedules, be alerted when batteries are running low etc using an iPhone app.

Here’s some of the things Tethercell can do:

  • Allows you to turn AA-battery-powered devices on and off remotely.
  • Alerts you when battery power is low.
  • Allows you to set device schedules in order to save battery power.
  • Allows you to set simple timers, making life easier.
  • Want to turn something on and tweet about it? Tethercell is ready to multitask like no other.
  • Have fun and turn things on from the palm of your hand.

All you need to do is remove one AA-battery from any AA-battery operated device and replace it with a Tethercell to be able to control of the device with a free app that will be available in the App Store. The Tethercell is powered by an AAA-battery. Tethercell makes use Bluetooth 4.0, so it can connect with iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3 or later, iPad mini and iPod touch 5G.

Each Tethercell will cost $29 for early birds or $35, and will be cheaper if you buy more units. TetherBoard is looking to raise $59000 to help them make their dream of bringing Tethercell to the market a reality.

$35 seems expensive, but we really liked the idea. It’s probably one of the coolest products we’ve seen at CES 2013 so far.

You can head over to the Indiegogo page to know more about the project.

HT: @lorenb

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  • Alan

    Cool idea, but too expensive!

    • Rockitsockit

      I agree, if you consider just WHAT does use AA batteries that you’d want to turn off/on like that in the first place? Think about it.

      • Calvin

        Done. Your sisters dil-dong

  • travisfriend

    You only have to replace one of the batteries with it. At least you don’t have to replace them all. I think $30 to remotely control something is worth it. Especially since the control is hidden. There isn’t some gaudy apparatus to plug it in to.

  • filthyjason

    I’m going to remote control my remote control

  • Astig_808

    agree.it is expensive.is it rechargable??it better be

    • Rockitsockit

      It is if you have rechargeable AAA batteries on hand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I like it and I think the price is fair. Certainly not cheap, but for something so ridiculously inventive and with LITERALLY countless possible uses, the price is on-par with what I would expect.

    I just may have to fund this! LOL