The Matrix PowerWatch 2, a wristwatch that does not require recharging, is currently available for purchase in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. This continues a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that was launched earlier this year and raised over $2 million.
It is a well-known fact that hardly one enjoys the process of charging their smartwatch or activity tracker. But what if you were spared the necessity of doing that? A business based in the Bay Area has the ambitious goal of making it unnecessary to insert a charging cord into wearable electronics in the future.
In 2017, it raised around $1.6 million through an Indiegogo campaign in order to bring the Matrix PowerWatch into production. At CES 2018, the business debuted the PowerWatch X as a subsequent product. Both of these watches are fueled solely by the heat generated by the wearer’s body and feature a power metre that is displayed prominently as a ring around the timepiece. This displays the amount of electrical power that is being generated as well as the amount of battery juice that is still available.
The initial device had a number of drawbacks, the most significant of which were its high pricing (when taking into account its specifications), its limited intelligence in terms of fitness tracking, and its lack of support for smartphone alerts. It turned out to be more of a prototype than anything that would appeal to a large number of people. The problem with the smartphone notifications was fixed in the second edition, which also had a more durable body, a silicone rubber band that was practically impossible to damage, and water resistance of 200 metres.
Matrix PowerWatch 2 marks the company’s return for the third and final round of competition. The most significant advancement made this time around is that the wristwatch is fueled by both thermoelectric and solar cell technology. This means that it may be powered either by the heat generated by the wearer’s body or by the light that is present in its environment.
Because of the recent improvement in power, the most recent model now has a built-in GPS system, a pulse rate sensor, a compass, and an LCD display that is capable of displaying full-colour images. You will now have the ability to view detailed information regarding your runs, such as splits, pace, cadence, heart rate zones, and a map of your route. Additionally, there has been some work done to modernise the app, and it now integrates with both Apple HealthKit and Google Fit.
The watch has all of the various fitness monitoring smarts as well as an accurate calorie counter that its predecessors had, including an impressive water resistance rating of 200 metres. When it comes to delivering notifications from your smartphone, it, once again, relies on a Bluetooth connection.
The Matrix PowerWatch 2 is a little bit chunkier than the prior watches since it has to make room for the new sensors and sun collecting technologies. It has a diameter of 47 millimetres, compared to 46 millimetres on the original, a depth of 16 millimetres, and a weight of 70 grammes (vs 60 grams).
Because of its improved specifications, the PowerWatch 2 is a considerably more compelling device than its predecessors. The product is currently being shipped out to backers who pledged money for it on Indiegogo, and it can be purchased on Amazon.