What’s the biggest drawback of smartwatches these days? You have to take it off and charge it. That’s not a problem that you face with a conventional Quartz watch or even a mechanical watch that can be hand-wound. A company called Sequent is looking to change that. “Building upon traditional Swiss watchmaking,” it lays claim to a smartwatch revolution with its self-charging smartwatch.
To address the problem of charging the battery, Sequent took inspiration from automatic movements in conventional Swiss smartwatches that wind themselves. It was inspired to create a kinetic battery system for the Sequent smartwatch.
The self-charging battery system relies on kinetic energy to charge the battery, so basically, the battery is charged as you move around, much like an automatic movement charges itself. The science behind that is entirely different, though, but the concept is the same.
Since it’s a smartwatch, it’s smart. The Sequent features an activity tracker, GPS, Bluetooth, a notification system, and a heart rate sensor. The watch itself is fashioned out of 316L stainless steel that’s normally used for high technology and aerospace purposes. It’s also water resistant to 50 meters.
Sequent is a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter looking to raise 80,000 Swiss francs. It has raised well past that goal as the total stands at 228,003 CHF as of now. The lowest you can contribute to get a Sequent right now is 189 CHF or $189. Delivery is estimated to take place in December this year.