If you have read my first post about the PowerWatch, you know that this smartwatch was capable of charging itself by our own body heat making it a first of a kind. Just brilliant. A smartwatch that doesn’t need any charge at all that gives you some good insights with some fitness features like calories burned, step taken and also tracking your sleep patterns.
This time, Matrix Industries have pushed the limits far beyond with their next generation of smartwatch called the PowerWatch 2. At this time, the PowerWatch 2 is still in development but will be released this summer and you can support the Californian company by purchasing the smartwatch up front with Indiegogo for $249 USD.
Matrix strikes back with the PowerWatch 2 with brand new stunning features that worth purchasing this wearable without any doubt.
Charging Your Smartwatch Is a Thing of the Past…
Like the first generation, the PowerWatch is capable to charge via their trademark thermoelectric technology (using their patented Matrix Gemini generator) by using your own body heat and transforming it into electricity. The electricity is capable to charge the smartwatch all the time and the power generated depends on how much heat your body emit. So, you will charge the watch faster if you are working out compare to just wearing it and staying inactive.
This could be a great thing for people that needs any kind of motivation to get out and exercise. You can still use the Power Meter that tracks the energy that you produce directly on the display.
We Now See The Light
With this new generation, Matrix has pushed their advancements/technology a step further. Introducing solar-cell power into the mix. This means that now you can also charge your watch with ambient light. This doubles the electricity generate by the smartwatch helping keeping this smartwatch free of charge and with more fitness features added to the list.
Built GPS and Heart Rate Sensor Now Included
This is what most of the first users were complaining about. The original PowerWatch (including the X and the Ops models) didn’t came with an on board GPS to track your run/ride/swim or a Heart Rate sensor to see your cardio intensity when exercising. The company heard their customers and added both features into the PowerWatch 2. This watch is really become an all-in one watch that will tempt more potential users to get their new product. I can tell you that I will be one of them.
The PowerWatch 2 is also packed with a stunning calorie counter that the company say that is the most accurate in the market.
Full Color LCD Display with New Microcontroller
Another new feature with the PowerWatch 2 is the 1.2 inch full color LCD display. The last models were only black and white making it less appealing to the user since most of the smartwatches in the market come with a color display. Using different colors on a smartwatch help differentiate more easily each parameter or fitness features when they are shown on the display.
They also have boosted the microchip with their new Ambiq Apollo 3, making the levels of energy efficiency to the watch increased. Their algorithms have lower the active power consumption without sacrificing quality. This also helps on the software side making it easier to implement more third party apps that were lacking on the previous generations.
Third-party Integration With Advanced Push Notifications
The third generation of PowerWatch is not more compatible than ever with third party apps. This includes health and fitness apps like Apple Health Kit or Google Fit just to make a few. It is compatible with iOS and Android, so most of smartphones will sync with the watch and we hope that Matrix will so release a list of tested devices that will work fine. Most of the time is more a matter of iOS or Android version.
The PowerWatch 1 didn’t come with push on notifications but the PowerWatch 2 does now. Nothing has been shown yet in terms of notifications by the supplier but it is noted as ”advanced”. We hope to know more in the near future even if the main purpose of the watch is to be a pro smartwatch that last forever wherever you are.
The Matrix app seems to have been updated compared to the last version but it doesn’t seems that advanced compared to other apps like Strava, GoogleFit or other well-known fitness apps. Still, it is a plus and we can’t leave it aside.
Top Notch Design and Waterproof (200 m)
The watch front is 47 mm in diameter and 16 mm thick. It is pretty light weighting about 60-70 grams, lighter than the Garmin Fenix 5X (85 g) and the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak. Two of the best pro smartwatches in the world. Like the PowerWatch X, this new baby is waterproof up to 200 meters, so no worries about taking a dive in deep waters or just when you’re washing the dishes.
The watch comes with a rugged and durable silicon strap that is hypo-allergenic that can also be customized.
The PowerWatch 2 is one of a kind and can’t be compared in all aspects with other great smartwatches. His technology is what a lot of people were waiting including me. Now that solar-cell technology, on board GPS and built in HR sensor are also included this smartwatch is worth to take a look. I will get mine for sure and will let you know if this smartwatch is really worth buying.
Is this watch appealing to you? Does charging you smartwatch frustrate you every time you plug the charger into the wall?
What feature you love the most from the PowerWatch 2?
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Have a good one.