Today at the International CES show in Las Vegas Misfit Wearables introduced the solar-powered Swarovski Shine, a smart activity tracker that doesn’t look like a miniature tv-screen on the wearer’s wrist. The device is being called the first solar-powered wearable.
Unlike most wearable activity and tracker monitors, the Swarovski Shine doesn’t have a screen, or watch-face on its surface, rather a crystal that was designed by Swarovski. The companies are introducing two models of the Shine—one with a clear crystal that uses a replaceable battery and the violet version—which uses a crystal that was designed to channel light to small solar cells on the device’s edge.
The crystal isn’t the first technology to focus on capturing more light in solar cells. Companies are using surfaces of solar cells to capture more photons, allowing them to increase amount of sunlight that they’re able to convert into electricity.
"Shine is the first truly fashion forward activity tracker, and Swarovski leads the way in the fashion jewelry and accessories market globally. This collaboration pushes the envelope as to how beautiful technology can be,” said wearables designer and author of Fashioning Tech, Syuzi Pakhchyan.
The device is designed for interchangeable bracelets and necklaces and it works with iOS and Android devices. The Misfit Shine is already accepting pre-orders for the device, which Forbes reports will be available for between $169.99 and $249.99.
There is another company, Nevo, that’s working on a solar-powered wearable as well. However that company’s product is still going through an Indiegogo fundraiser, which has already raised $286,011, far more than the $50,000 the company had set out to raise.
The companies are the first to bring solar power to smart devices but they’re likely not the last as companies try to make the devices more user-friendly so they don’t need charging or plugs despite their energy usage. For instance, it’s been rumored that Apple has looked into solar to power its forthcoming Apple Watch, and the company has won numerous patents for solar-powering its devices, but the Apple Watch won’t be powered by the sun just yet.Tweet