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This watch uses your body heat to charge

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This watch uses your body heat to charge

WATCH | This watch uses thermoelectric technology to convert body heat into electric power.

If you have a smartwatch, having to charge and recharge your watch is probably not the highlight of your day. Luckily for you, there's a new smartwatch hitting the market that charges using your body heat.

That means you'll never really have to charge it.

It's called the Matrix Powerwatch, and it's being manufactured by Matrix Industries, in Silicon Valley.

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The watch will cost approximately $120

You can pre-order it now on the product's Indiegogo page for $130, or you can wait until it comes out and buy it for $170. It's already surpassed its Indiegogo goal of raising $100,000 by more than 260%.

How it works

The watch uses thermoelectric technology to convert heat into electric power. How? A bunch of tiny "semiconductor 'legs'" create enough voltage to power the watch when added together.

It turns off automatically when you take it off.

Because it works off your body heat, the creators of the watch say it's more accurate than other watches at calorie count when you're working out.

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The Matrix Powerwatch can't read you your texts or do nearly as much as most smartwatches out there, but it does have changing watch faces to "suit your mood."

One of the watch's coolest features is probably the changing watch faces.

How it compares to others

The list of features on the Powerwatch isn't nearly as long as that of a competitor's like the Apple Watch. It can't read you your text messages or emails, but it can:

  • wirelessly sync with your smartphone
  • adjust automatically to the current time zone
  • count calories burned and steps taken
  • change watch faces

How to buy it

The watch has been in development for the past five years and is expected to be available to the public for retail October 2017.

You can wait until then and buy it for an estimated $170 or pre-order it now and contribute to its Indiegogo campaign for $130.

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