The PowerWatch 2 is a curious piece of wearable electronics that falls somewhere between smart and fitness watches. They are equipped with sports tracking, notifications, heart rate monitoring and GPS navigation.
The developer of the new gadget, the American startup Matrix Industries, is positioning it as an alternative to the high-end running watches Garmin Fenix 6, Suunto and others. In particular, they are suitable for both marathon races and diving dives up to 200 meters. The watch is packed in a metal case with a diameter of 47 mm. PowerWatch 2 is equipped with the developer's proprietary OS, which is different from WatchOS and Wear OS.
A thermoelectric element and a solar panel are installed in the gadget as power sources. The thermal converter allows a small electrical charge to be generated due to the temperature difference between the two metals. The watch uses a large capacitor to store energy instead of conventional batteries.
Matrix PowerWatch 2 is available in three versions - the base one in a black steel case with a silicone strap, the Series 2 Premium in a silver case and a stainless steel bracelet, and the Series 2 Luxe with a titanium coating and a steel Milanese bracelet. They are already available in the US and UK. They cost 499, 599 and 699 dollars, respectively.