Collaboration with MMT to develop ‘Plug & Forget’ hybrid watch

MMT and Nowi have initiated a collaboration to develop the world’s first ‘Plug & Forget’ watch. A hybrid watch with smart functionalities, such as activity tracking, auto updates and notifications, that never requires user-charging can be achieved when the Nowi IC is integrated in the MMT smart watch module. Nowi's energy harvesting technology will be used by MMT (a leading Swiss watch manufacturer) to harvest energy from light to power a new model hybrid watch.

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MMT and Nowi have initiated a collaboration to develop the world’s first ‘Plug & Forget’ watch. A hybrid watch with smart functionalities, such as activity tracking, auto updates and notifications, that never requires user-charging can be achieved when the Nowi Power Module is integrated in the MMT smart watch module.

“The deep experience of MMT in the design of ultra low-power watch modules, combined with Nowi’s breakthrough energy harvesting technology enables a new generation of smart watches.”

MMT CEO Philippe Fraboulet

Innovation enabling a new generation watch

A joint-feasibility study has been conducted by Nowi and MMT, clearly showing that a hybrid watch that will never run out of power can be created.

“Considering as little as 1-hour a day, or 3 to 4 hours on the weekend of direct light, the watch is able to combine a wide range of functionalities, such as step-counting, sleep tracking, notifications and auto-time updates, without ever requiring charging by the user.”

Nowi CEO Simon van der Jagt

In the study a small solar PV cell has been covered by a watch dial. The remaining light that reaches the PV cell through the dial creates a low output Voltage which can be used to power the smart watch. The Nowi IC is able to boost this Voltage, from as low as 40mV, with an unprecedented 92% efficiency.

Opening a new realm of possibilities

Both parties have entered in to a strategic collaboration in which a fully functional watch demonstrator will be developed based on the MMT watch module with Nowi technology inside.

“This non-exclusive collaboration aims to show to the entire smart wearable industry the new realm of possibilities that is opened by new energy harvesting technology and low-power design in smart watches.”

Nowi CEO Simon van der Jagt

Worldwide wearables sales will grow by an average of 20 percent each year over the next five years, becoming a $29 billion market with 243 million unit sales by 2022.

According to industry analyst CCS Insight.


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