The PagarÃ© Smartstrap brings Mobile Payments to the Pebble Time
Each month we see dozens of mobile accessories hit Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. The PagarÃ© smartstrap is one that is coming to a close, and it’s something you may want to back if you want to add a bit of functionality to your Pebble Smartwatch.
Pebble has gained a lot of fans with their smartwatches, and they have gotten better with each new release. There are still some features you can’t get on a Pebble Time Smartwatch though, which is where gadgets like the PagarÃ© smartstrap step in. It’s far from the first smartstrap we’ve seen, but it may be the coolest and it has one handy feature that puts it over the top.
In a nutshell, the PagarÃ© smartstrap is a band you can slap onto your Pebble Time to enable mobile payments. It has an NFC chip and a secure element that stores tokenized data for the card networks. A“trapper” activates the PagarÃ© app, which asks for a PIN and allows you to pay up. It also has a PCB in the strap that lets it know it’s on your wrist, and if the watch or trapper is removed, payments will be disabled. Needless to say, the PagarÃ© smartstrap is setup and certified with all the major card networks and will work in a wide variety of shops.
Any smart addition to your Pebble will obviously draw extra juice, but the minds behind the PagarÃ© smartstrap have taken care of that. The strap comes with a hidden USB connector that allows you to plug into a port and get your charge on. There’s no need to tote a cable around because there is no charging port on the PagarÃ© smartstrap. As for the setup, you can scan your cards in through the PagarÃ© app and activate then you are good to go sans the smartphone.
For every two-dozen gadgets that pass through Kickstarter, a couple come along that are truly useful. The PagarÃ© smartstrap appears to fit the bill if you own a Pebble Time, and there is still time left in their campaign if you want to pick one up.
The PagarÃ© smartstrap is available in several different colors for the Pebble Time, the Pebble Time Steel and the Pebble Time Round with prices starting at around $49 depending on where you reside. This one has already hit its funding goal and will come to a close on March 9th with the first bands set to roll out in July.