MATRIX Industries Introduces First No-Charge GPS Smartwatch

The PowerWatch 2 does away with cables and external batteries by constantly topping up its battery by using thermoelectric energy generated from body heat and solar energy

MATRIX Industries, leader in thermoelectric innovation, u-blox, a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, and TransSiP Inc, a leader in Power Integrity, announced a new smartwatch – PowerWatch 2, which is the first GPS smartwatch in the world that’s never need recharging.

The smartwatch is incorporated with the ultra-small, ultra-low power u‑blox ZOE-M8B GNSS receiver for tracking position of the user, along with monitoring the calories burned, level of activity and sleep. These make this smartwatch an ideal companion for hikers, runners and swimmers. All these features are enabled by PI technology of TransSiP. The PI technology ensures energy harvested is used at full efficiency and offers crystal clean power leading to optimum performance.

Commenting on the development, Florian Bousquet, Principal Product Manager in Standard Precision GNSS at u-blox, said, “We put a lot of effort into tailoring the ZOE-M8B to the needs of small battery powered applications. We couldn’t have wished for a better product to showcase our ZOE-M8B’s potential for wearables than the PowerWatch 2.”

High performance

Douglas Tham, CTO of MATRIX Industries, said, “TransSiP PI makes it possible to deliver high performance and high efficiency simultaneously by reducing system noise, eliminating time spent re-acquiring data, and minimising the need for additional processing. This means power savings across-the-board and enables applications which can be powered solely by energy harvesting.”

Akram Boukai, CEO and Co-founder of MATRIX Industries, added, “Not only were size, cost and power constrained in developing the PowerWatch 2, we also had to make sure that it met the high performance demands that athletes expect. The combination of TransSiP PI and the ZOE-M8B solved all of these pain points for us, enabling the watch to quickly lock in on its position even in weak signal environments.”

Features and specifications

A 100 percent charge-free, the PowerWatch 2 does away with cables and external batteries by constantly topping up its battery by using thermoelectric energy generated from body heat and solar energy. The smartwatch can easily connect with the user’s smartphone and display notifications, track activities and visualise them, using iOS as well as Android apps, and also with popular third-party health and fitness platforms.

The PowerWatch 2 is incorporated with low-power u‑blox ZOE-M8B GNSS receiver module that consumes as low as 12 mW. In addition, it has a 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm module that helps to achieve the watch’s comparatively low 16-millimeter thickness. The concurrent reception of up to three GNSS constellations delivers high accuracy positioning in challenging situations like urban or dense forest environments or while swimming.

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