BY SCOTT STEIN
Jan 03, 2019
Matrix PowerWatch 2 uses solar and heat to power GPS, heart rate at CES 2019
The future of wearable fitness tech might be charge-free.
If a Fitbit could completely be self-powered and never needed charging, I'd be a happy person. Matrix Industries' latest fitness watch looks like the closest anyone's ever come to making that happen.
And it looks pretty good on my wrist.
The Matrix PowerWatch 2, launching at CES 2019, seems to have all the features I'd want: heart rate, step counting, an always-on reflective color screen, 200 meter water resistance, notifications and GPS that the company claims lasts as long as a marathon. And it runs completely off solar power and body-generated heat.
Matrix has already made several no-charge-necessary fitness watches, but its previous Matrix PowerWatch could only track steps and tell time. It was an impressive feat, but the watch's functions felt too limited.