Battery life has long been the proverbial “Achilles heel” of wearable devices. The average battery lifespan of the iWatch, for instance, is only a single day and, not to mention, battery life can degrade significantly over the course of a single year. Some rather questionable wearables don’t even allow for charging and must be replaced every 6 months. A new startup, however, aims to forgo the problems caused by batteries.
The PowerWatch is a new smartwatch being developed by a startup called Matrix that will be powered solely by the heat generated by your wrist. The company claims that the device is the first of its kind and will generate enough electricity from your skin to power a fully featured smartwatch.
That’s just to say, the fact that it does not charge does not mean it skimps on features to compensate. Like any other smartwatch, it can sync with your Android of iOS device, multiple watch faces, monitor sleep patterns, count your steps and can control what music you are listening to. Yet, since it includes a thermoelectric power generator, it even has a few more features that a regular smartwatch does not. For instance, it can actually accurately keep track of the amount of calories you are burning by measuring the rate at which the watch is generating electricity. And, by pairing the watch with your phone, you can keep stats on your energy output over time.
The startup is led by Akram Boukai, a former University of Michigan professor who has been working in the field of thermoelectrics since 2003.
Matrix, the startup developing the smartwatch, has already provided a proof of concept through several prototypes which have been powered successfully without charging. The smart watch is on track to be released in October of 2017.
Curious to see it in action? Check out the official video below:
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