31 Mar '17, 12pm

Smartwatch First to be Powered by Body Heat Alone

Smartwatch First to be Powered by Body Heat Alone

A crowdfunded startup is taking the smartwatch to a new level with the invention and imminent commercial launch of the first such device to be powered entirely by a person’s body heat. Most smartwatches on the market need to be recharged every day or two, but the PowerWatch from Matrix Industries never needs to be removed for charging thanks to thermoelectric technology that harvests energy from a person’s body to constantly power the device. “Thermoelectrics are materials that convert temperature differences to electricity,” explained Matrix Industries’ CEO Akram Boukai. “The larger the temperature difference, the more electric power can be generated. Matrix’s thermoelectric technology is 1/20th the cost and more efficient than other thermoelectrics on the market.” The MATRIX PowerWatch is the first smart watch to be powered solely by a person’s body heat, thanks to therm...

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