This Super Efficient Smartwatch is Pioneering a New Kind of Tech

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As much as we adore our tech and gadgets, it’s definitely inconvenient when they need charging. As if things were happening in accordance with an unwritten and unspoken law, batteries always seem to die at the worst times, and of course when there are no power outlets or spares in sight. This frustrating scenario could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new high-tech smartwatch, the MATRIX PowerWatch. If successful, it may change the way we use everyday devices.

An Accessory That Never Needs Charging

Billed as “the world’s first smartwatch you never have to charge,” the MATRIX SmartWatch runs off your body heat. Its function is similar to hybrid cars that display the amount of power generated by the gasoline motor and electric battery at any given moment. The SmartWatch features a power meter that indicates how much electrical power you’re making through your body temperature.

A Successfully Crowdfunded Project

The MATRIX SmartWatch creators launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $100,000. With two months to go until the campaign’s end date, over 1,000 backers so far have contributed more than double that amount, proving tech-lovers are eager to see this wristwatch in action.

According to information on the Indiegogo page, the watch has a suggested retail price of $169.99. However, backers who pledged their support early had the chance get a watch for only $119.00. Shipping was free within the United States and it cost $15 to send the watch elsewhere.

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A Watch That Fits the way You Live

Judging by the strong support towards the crowdfunding campaign, it’s clear people are intrigued by the mere idea of a smartwatch that’ll never run out of batteries. Just what does the watch do? Think of it as your personal well being coach. It measures how active you are, the number of calories burned and the amount of time you sleep.

Conveniently, you don’t have to worry about losing data when taking off the watch. Once you remove the MATRIX SmartWatch, data is automatically stored in memory and the device goes into sleep mode. Put the watch back on and it reverts to the point you were at before taking it off. The watch synchs wirelessly with your smartphone and automatically adjusts according to the time zone you’re in, so there’s no need to waste time tweaking the settings yourself.

A Hardy, Stylish Addition to Your Wrist

Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, the MATRIX SmartWatch is water resistant up to 50 meters. You can also switch between digital watch face designs, making it simple to find a display that’s easy to read at a glance.

A Power Source for the Future

If you’re wondering more about how the MATRIX SmartWatch uses your body heat to make electricity, the device depends on temperature gradients that create an electrical current. A transformer then amplifies the charge and runs a low-power processor. The watch features ridges on its sides that wick away moisture to preserve the functionality of the temperature gradients. When consumers start receiving the watch next year, the gadget will reportedly look more streamlined than published pictures indicate.

Analysts wonder if we’ll soon start seeing other devices that never need charging. In lab environments, scientists have already generated power using piezoelectric fabric and humans’ internal organs as energy sources. There’s also been a case where a person harvested energy by wearing a piezoelectric insole and walking around.

The Matrix SMARTWATCH is a leader in this emerging technology sector, especially since consumers will be able to wear it next year. Assuming it works as well as it claims, we may no longer have to waste time charging our devices, since our bodies will take care of the job as we carry on with life.

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Kayla Matthews is the editor of Productivity Bytes and a regular contributor to VentureBeat, Motherboard, MakeUseOf and Inc.com. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.

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