This is a fascinating IndieGoGo campaign for a smartwatch that powers itself. As we all know, one of the worst things about smartwatches it that you have to take them off to charge them. The Matrix PowerWatch 2 features two ways of charging with thermoelectric generators and all-new solar-cell technology. This should generate more than enough energy to operate the built-in intelligent heart rate monitor, wherever, whenever.
Never having to think about whether or not your smartwatch is charged before you head out the door sets your mind at ease and saves you time. Compared to the original PowerWatch the some additional new features include notifications, GPS, heart rate sensor, and the screen is presented in color.
These are huge leaps in tech so we shall see how well they work together when this watch arrives later this year.
Today Samsung announced that they will begin manufacturing a phone with their new Samsung Infinity Flex display. This will allow for a foldable smartphone. I think the big question other than what is the price, is what app will be useful to use with this design? Maps, gaming, watching videos, etc. could be a lot more entertaining on a larger screen, but will they make you the buy a foldable phone?
You ever check your wrist and realize there’s nothing on it? It might be time to get a smartwatch. Sure a regular watch can tell time, but a smartwatch can do so many more things. That level of complexity usually causes the interface to be confusing.
The Polar M430 rethinks the entire process and makes it easy to get to the basics. Instead of a touch screen where you swipe all over the place to figure out where to go, you have five buttons on the side of the watch to navigate. The two on the left control brightness and go home. The three on the right go up and down as well as enter. This concept is quick and easy to grasp.
By default the watch tells you the date and time. You can switch it to heart rate tracking, steps, timers, etc. Personally I found the continuous heart rating tracking to be fascinating to watch. I’m used to my smartphone tracking my heart rate for a couple seconds when I tell it to, but to have a smartwatch that is able to follow the beat whenever and for however long is pretty neat.
The Polar M430 is light weight and not bulky. It feels like a normal watch that you’ll wear whether or not your doing a fitness activity. With the screen always being on, I was worried that the battery life would be poor. In my findings the battery can last for several days. With the Polar M430 also being waterproof you won’t have to constantly take it on and off.
If you’re looking for a smartwatch that enhances your fitness data and is easy to use the Polar M430 could be the one for you.