PowerWatch: The First Body Heat-Powered Watch Ships

Posted: Nov 2 2017, 3:00pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

PowerWatch: The First Body Heat-Powered Watch Ships

Body-powered smartwatch ships to crowd-funding backers.

Less than a year after raising more than $1.6m on Indigogo, Matrix Industries started to ship the PowerWatch to initial backers. The PowerWatch smartwatch will be the first device of its kind to be powered by the body itself, demonstrating the success of Matrix’s proprietary thermoelectric energy converter.

“Of all the places on the human body to harvest heat, the outside of the wrist is one of the worst,” said Matrix CEO, Akram Boukai. “The head, bottom of the feet and even the inside of the wrist produce much more heat. Yet even with this challenge, Matrix technology is still able to maintain a temperature difference to run the PowerWatch. Just imagine what this power source could do if applied to other parts of the body.”

The PowerWatch runs off your body heat so you don’t have to recharge it. When you take it off, your data is stored in memory and it goes to sleep; put it back on and the watch turns back on right where you left it (up to two years of idle mode).

It's got an always-on power meter that tells you how much electricity your body heat is producing, making it the most accurate measure of calories burned on the market. The rugged aircraft-grade aluminum wearable that wirelessly syncs with your smartphone, automatically adjusts to the current time zone, tracks your steps, calories and sleep, and is water resistant up to 50 meters. Even without the need to charge, the PowerWatch still offers the same capabilities of many battery-powered fitness wearables, without the hassle of chargers and cables.

“Research shows that the number one reason consumers stop using wearables is because they take them off to charge and forget that they exist,” continued Boukai. “The PowerWatch was designed and built with the consumer top of mind, functioning the way we want our wearables to function, without any lapses for charging. By reducing or eliminating the need for recharging, the PowerWatch is the first wearable to offer consumers this uninterrupted ability.”

PowerWatch and the special edition PowerWatch Black Ops are both shipping to initial backers and will be available for purchase this month on PowerWatch.com, starting at $199, with premium PowerWatch X slated to ship before the end of the year. The PowerWatch is available here.

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