Nifty XOO: a fashionable belt that can charge your smartphone
British company Nifty has once again bought its latest product to crowdfunding platforms, this time choosing Indiegogo to present the XOO Belt which is capable of charging your smartphone. The Manchester-based company has previously successfully funded the MiniDrive, a portable storage solution to allow quick memory expansion of MacBook laptops, and is now seeking to reach a $50,000 goal for its new wearable battery packing gadget with 28 days left of the campaign.
The XOO Belt (pronounced ‘zoo belt’) is equipped with a hidden integrated 1,300mAh lithium ceramic polymer flexible battery sandwiched between the two layers of leather, alongside an 800mAh battery that resides comfortably in the buckle, providing a total of 2,100mAh of extra battery capacity available to the wearer.
“We’ve hidden six overlapping layers of cutting-edge flexible battery within each belt, giving a base power of 1,300mAh of charge. Add this to the 400mAh in each buckle—for a total of 2,100mAh—and you’ve enough to fully charge an iPhone 6 with some left over,” Nifty explains.
The belt has either a Lightning connector or a microUSB connector which will be compatible to charge an iPhone or Android smartphone whilst the device sits in the user’s pocket. The XOO Belt takes three hours to charge, and comes with a set of five LED lights to inform the user how much juice the belt has remaining. The buckle is also designed to be detachable, which will allow future upgrades or changes of designs to co-ordinate with what the user is wearing.
The funding will pay for tooling and production costs associated with the project, and has passed $34,000 in pledges already at the time of writing. The cheapest belt will now cost $155 on Indiegogo, with shipments arranged for some point next July.