Are you a fitness junkie? Do you track your runs or workouts? Are you looking for an upgrade for your smart fitness watch the has the latest in tech and features? Well… there’s this company called Matrix that just put a new watch on Indiegogo that will blow your mind.
It’s called the PowerWatch 2, and besides being a full featured fitness smart watch, it never needs to be plugged in to charge, and you never need to change the battery. How? The smart people at Matrix found a way to charge their watch using nothing but your body heat. This is awesome.
For me, my problem is that fitness watches need to be recharged at the least weekly, and sometimes daily. This watch? You never need to take it off, which means you’ll never go for a workout session and not have enough juice to make it through. No worries. No hassles. Tons of cool features. Look at the video.
So what are the features?
Did I mention that it charges itself? There’s two ways it charges actually. One is through your own body heat, and it also has solar cells built into the face.
There’s some engineering magic that Matrix mentions on their Indiegogo campaign page, but all I know is that it worked on their other PowerWatch products, and now seems to be improved even more. The bottom line is that you never have to plug it into a wall or replace a battery.
That’s cool enough alone, but this watch is jam packed with all the features you need.
Let’s get the fitness basics out of the way first. This watch sports a built in heart rate monitor, a power meter to track the energy you produce, GPS, and a step tracker. There’s a calorie counter, which they claim is the most accurate on the market. It can also track and monitor your sleep, which is something I know would throw a red flag if I wore it.
What’s truly cool though is that you can choose several ways to digest this data. There’s a native app for both Android and iOS that is pretty snazzy, and you can integrate with both Google Fit and Apple HealthKit.
That’s seriously impressive. But here’s the “Wait, there’s more!” This is truly a full featured watch which can travel anywhere.
The PowerWatch 2 has an impressive full color LCD screen, is water resistant up to 200m, advanced push notifications, and a durable construction. You can take this on any run, swim, dive, and stay connected with your metrics and track progress. I love the idea of this watch. The PowerWatch 2 also features some of the same benefits and properties of these other smart wearable that we have previously written on.
So how do I get it?
As I mentioned above, the PowerWatch 2 is currently exclusive on Indiegogo. They’ve hit over $2,000,000 over their $100,000 target. That’s incredible! And it means that they’re well funded to deliver.
There’s three versions of the watch, all of which should be shipping June of this year.
The PowerWatch 2 comes in three full featured versions. The first and cheapest is the PW2, which is the watch in it’s basic and rugged fitting. The next step up is the PW2 Premium, which has a stainless steel strap and quick release buckle. The highest option is the PW2 Luxe. It has a Milanese strap and quick release butterfly buckle – this is definitely the nicest looking, but looks like to be the most fragile.
The PW2 is $299 on their campaign, which is a $200 discount off the future retail price of $499. That’s a serious discount, and if you’re going to be wearing this outdoors and banging it up, it probably the best bet. The PW2 Premium is $359, and the PW2 Luxe is $384.
However, the best deal, IMHO, is buying two PW2 for only $499. That’s half off, and you can go halfsies with a friend or get your jogging partner an early birthday present.
Are you stoked about the new PowerWatch 2? Let us know what you think of this Indiegogo campaign.