If there is one complaint about smartwatches, it’s the battery life. While things have definitely gotten better, many smartwatches do well to last the day, and they are a far cry from the months and years of traditional smartwatches. While I don’t think anyone expects a smartwatch, which all its features, to last months or years, many users would like to make it through the day and maybe even go a few days between charges.
But what if you never had to bother with charging your smartwatch? That’s where Lunar comes into play. Lunar is a new kickstarter project that claims to be the world’s first solar powered smartwatch. Solar powered watches aren’t new, with makers such as Casio trying their hand at it, but so far no one has tried to apply the technology to the smartwatch world. According to Lunar, the watch will charge in both indoor and outdoor lighting, and can function with just an hour of light time.
Technically, it’s a hybrid smartwatch. It doesn’t feature a full screen, only LED indicator lights. It does all the basics of a smartwatch, such as basic activity tracking and sleep tracking, and it does offer some limited notification support. But it’s no Apple Watch when it comes to features and expandability.
Design-wise, the Lunar looks pretty darn good. It has a simple, yet elegant black watchface decorated by concentric rings. The case is 41mm and it’s made from stainless steel, giving it not just a premium look, but a sturdy and rugged feel. For the glass, you can choose sapphire-coated or sapphire crystal glass.
What’s really interesting to me is the price. Currently, the Lunar is available for an early bird price of just $138, which is far less than many smartwatches out there. The company hopes to ship the first devices by December of this year, so you won’t have to wait long.
It’s important to remember that this is a first time company on Kickstarter, so there is a bit of a risk. At the same time, you need to keep in mind that this is a hybrid smartwatch, not a full-fledged smartwatch. While it will give you some smartwatch features, don’t expect an Apple Watch that you never have to charge.
The Lunar could, in many ways, represent the future of smartwatches. After all, battery life has always been the biggest issues with smartwatches. If a company such as Apple or Samsung could adapt this technology to their full smartwatches, we could have something. Of course, only time will tell if the technology works as intended. If so, we could be standing on the edge of a new dawn in smartwatch design.
Would you consider giving the Lunar a try, even if its not a full fledged smartwatch? What do you think about the idea of a solar powered smartwatch? Let me know your thoughts about this and smartwatches in general in the comments below. Do you think this is a good way to solve the battery issues of smartwatches?