Written by Pete Morano on February 8, 2013
Categories: Blog Posts

For as long as we can remember, we’ve had batteries. They accompanied new toys on holidays and powered household gadgets later on in our lives. But we’ve never been able to silence those pesky toys that randomly make noises in the night, or know when the fire alarm battery is getting low before it starts chirping — until now. Thanks to the developers of Tethercell, a couple of SpaceX engineers, we can now control those battery-operated devices with the swipe of a touchscreen.

Tethercell is a battery adaptor turns any electronic device with batteries into a Bluetooth-enabled device that connects you to the battery-operated things in your life. Tethercell allows you to use a smartphone or tablet to turn electronic devices on and off, set on and off timers for various gadgets around the house, know when batteries are running low and ensure things remain off when you want them off.

Tethercell lets users do things like turn on a baby monitor without entering the room or set hours when a child’s toy can be used.

To install Tethercell, you simply remove one AA battery from the device and replace it with the Tethercell capsule. The case holds a AAA battery as well as its Bluetooth chip. After downloading the free Tetherboard app onto a web-enabled device, you can control any AA battery-operated gadget from your hand.

Tethercell is currently being funded on the crowdsourcing site Ingiegogo and has two more weeks to meet its $59,000 goal. Right now, Tethercell plans to retail around $20, but its developers hope to get it under $10.

The Home Automation Trend

Smart technologies are dragging old devices into the new age of smartphone control. Everyday household items and gadgets like bikes, shoes, watches, light bulbs, door bells and even stickers are being turned into Bluetooth-enabled devices that use the power of the Internet to connect to mobile apps. This allows users to control everyday things from anywhere in the world, providing new conveniences, comfort, energy efficiency and security.

The explosion of mobile applications and the widespread adoption of web-enabled devices like tablets and smartphones have created a greater demand for the home automation trend. More and more, people are able to control everyday items by simply utilizing a cloud-based app.

What other applications have you seen or used to turn everyday things into Internet-powered “smart” things? Where do you see the future of home automation? Tell us in the comments below.

By: Victoria Fields