Nov 14, 2016
That’s exactly what the crew behind MATRIX PowerWatch are saying: a watch that has all but solved the smartwatch charging conundrum by shifting the energy source to something more organic: harnessing thermoelectric technology via the body heat generated by the person wearing the watch. As such, is is currently being advertised on Indiegogo product page as the “first smartwatch that doesn’t need a charge.”
Not a bad goal, really. One of my biggest gripes with regards to fitness trackers and smartwatches in general is that I have to work around their charging cycles, no matter how small of a disruption that is. If the PowerWatch lives up to its premise, I can finally get something that truly does its job 24/7, as I have no cause to take it off.
Beyond the impressive no-charge feature, the watch is crafted out of aircraft-grade aluminum, wireless connectivity (Android and iOS apps), and also packs accurate calorie counting, sleep tracking, changeable watch faces, and water resistance up to 50 meters.
Is the PowerWatch just the beginning? If one listens to Matrix chief and co-founder Akram Boukai, one can only hope. “Matrix’s thermoelectric platform technology now makes it possible to power a wide range of products without the need for replaceable batteries or an external power source,” he says.
According to the Indiegogo, it has been a five year process from conception to campaign; the PowerWatch is slated to cost $167, but potential backers get in on the action for a featured support cost of $99. That gets one a PowerWatch, military grade strap and free shipping when the unit is ready to ship. The tiers go on all the way to a 100-unit $9999 distributor pack.
In any case, this one looks like an engaging project, one which we hope gets funded (at the time of this writing, it has garnered $25,950 worth of pledges against a $100,000 goal with two months to go. It is slated to be shipped in July 17th, 2017.