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Matrix PowerWatch 2 is a wearable fuelled by energy from the sun – and your own body

All charged up

The word ‘rugged’ springs to mind when setting eyes on Matrix PowerWatch 2 ($199). The chunky 47mm frame comes across like it’d be insulted if you dared wear it in an office rather than on a hike in some far-flung forest. And in the latter use-case, PowerWatch 2 has your back – the always-on display can provide GPS and heart-rate read-outs, metrics syncing with HealthKit or Google Fit. The really clever bit, though, is how it charges, utilising ‘wasted’ energy from the sun and your own body heat. So although PowerWatch 2 might lack the grace of an Apple Watch and the app ecosystem of its many rivals, you might find it more reassuring to have a wearable on your wrist that only runs out of juice when you do.

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I’m a regular contributor to Stuff magazine and Stuff.tv, covering apps, games, Apple kit, Android, Lego, retro gaming and other interesting oddities. I also pen opinion pieces when the editor lets me, getting all serious about accessibility and predicting when sentient AI smart cookware will take over the world, in a terrifying mix of Bake Off and Terminator.

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