Matrix PowerWatch X
This future-gazing model uses heat-powered tech
Imagine never having to plug in and charge your gadgets ever again. That’s the thinking behind this futuristic smartwatch, which boasts an infinite battery life because it runs off your body heat. The watch uses the difference between your skin temperature and the ambient air temperature to generate a current that charges the watch. That means no more running out of power.
This watch is truly innovative, and we reckon you’ll be seeing more of this type of tech in the future, which is why we wanted to show it to you. Unfortunately, we don’t think its performance lives up to its potential yet.
The Matrix PowerWatch X is a simple smartwatch with an always-on LCD display and a screen that you control via buttons on the side of the watch. There’s no bright touchscreen here, so you’re out of luck on that score.
You can use the watch to tell the time, to track steps and do basic fitness and sleep tracking. It also prompts you if you receive a notification to your phone, but you won’t be able to read it on your screen like you would with others.
Design-wise it looks durable, and with a 50mm diameter and 13.5mm thickness it’s very chunky. That style might appeal to some, but will be off-putting for many. The Matrix bodes well for body-powered tech, but right now it’s only a decent option for those who are accepting of a basic smartwatch experience. From $279 / £212, powerwatch.com