Swatch Group Reportedly Working On A ‘Revolutionary’ Six-Months Battery for Smartwatch 2016

Now that yet another innovative news comes out as Swatch is working on a battery which will power a smartwatch continuously for six months. Trending watchmaker says it’s alsoworking on batteries for electric cars as well. This new battery for Smartwatch initiative will be brought hands-on to the market in 2016. More details on the 6-month Smartwatch battery unit can be grabbed right after this jump.

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek when speaking to Swiss weekly newspaper said, the problem with smartwatches available now, like the Apple Watch, is that their battery life is very low, at around one day.

Whoever brings a battery for a smartwatch to the market that you don’t need to charge for six months has a competitive advantage. We’re working intensively on this problem with our research group Belenos and batter producer Renata. Next year we will come to the market with a revolutionary battery, not only for watches but also for automobiles.”

Comments from Hayek gone wild just two weeks after the Apple Watch went on sale. Priced from £299 to £13,500 for a solid gold Edition model, the wearable has a battery life of around 18 hours, which means that it to be charged at least once every day. Such issues are shared by a wide range of Android Wear smartwatches from LG, Motorola, Asus and Huawei.

In particular, the largest battery drain occurs on a smartwatch’s battery is purely its display, which most models switch off until you tap them, press a button or move your wrist. Which could be a frustrating problem, as the time is not visible until you make an often-exaggerated wrist movement, but until battery technology vastly improves this as a compromise which must be made.

Hayek said he and his company are unfazed by the Apple Watch, explaining that the world’s most valuable public company entering their market is “an opportunity for us.” He also added that commentators and reviewers of the Watch mentioning Swatch and others in the same breathe as Apple has “aroused enormous interest in the brand, particularly in the USA.”

However, Swatch although not entering the smartwatch market with the likes of Apple and Google, earlier this year announced new timepieces with NFC for making contact-less payments and Bluetooth for displaying notifications from the wearer’s smartphone. Fellow Swiss company, Tag Heuer has already placed a larger bet on the smartwatch concept, announcing its collaboration with Google and Intel to create a new wearable. Based on Google’s Android Wear operating system but resembles closely as the Carrera mechanical Watch.

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Thanks to IBTimes UK

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