Smartwatches are pretty cool gadgets. They can measure your calorie count, monitor your sleep, and keep track of your physical activity. Still, they have a major flaw: battery life.
Even if you have the best smartwatch on the market, you will eventually have to recharge its batteries at some point. However, a US-based company declared that smartwatches powered by regular batteries would become a thing of the past thanks to a new type of technology that allows the device to function on your body’s heat.
Matrix PowerWatch is the name of the innovative smartwatch which, according to its makers, run solely on the heat generated by user’s body.
The gizmo has yet to be released on the market. According to the smartwatch’s creators, although the Matrix PowerWatch will be released in 2017, those of us who are interested in the device can pre-order it from its Indiegogo page.
So, what is the Matrix PowerWatch? It’s a high-tech smartwatch running on thermoelectric technology. As the watchmaker explained, the watch picks up temperature gradients and uses them to an electrical current.
This electrical current passes through a transformer, which amplifies it. This amplified electrical current is used to power up a low-power processor.
Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? It gets even better that this. So, the first question that popped into your mind probably is: ‘what happens when you take off your watch’.
PowerWatch’s makers explain that the device only stays on only when you keep it on your wrist. Once it is removed, the smartwatch enters a sleep mode but preserves your settings. When you put it back on, the processor will resume its state.
So, what can you do with the Matrix PowerWatch? Well, for starters, you can keep a close eye on your calorie count. The smartwatch also allows you to keep track of your physical activities and to monitor your sleep.
In addition, thanks to Matrix’s wireless sync feature, you can now interface with various Android and iOS apps, including Google’s Fit and iOS’s Healthkit. The Matrix PowerWatch is also water-resistant (up to 50 meters) and has specially designed covers that can change color depending on your mood.
According to the watch-maker, the device will be shipping sometime next summer and will have a price tag of $160.
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