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Silicon Valley Monthly Lunch

  • Baylands Cafe 1875 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)


  • $22 for talk and buffet lunch.

  • $5 for talk only. You could order separately from Baylands Café.

Registration deadline: 4pm on the Monday preceding the talk. If you miss the deadline, please pay $5 at the door and you could order food from Baylands Café.

"Making Heat Cool: The Matrix Story” by Douglas Tham (PhD ‘12)

Battery life is the biggest problem with today's wearable devices, and most of them require frequent recharging. Enter the MATRIX PowerWatch family, smartwatches powered by body heat. They utilize the temperature differential between the body and the environment to generate electrical power so as to remove the need for recharging. Our original PowerWatch has a simple and easy-to-use interface, with standard notifications as well as activity and sleep tracking. The new PowerWatch 2, launched at CES 2019, adds solar harvesting, GPS and heart rate monitoring. PowerWatches work with both Android and iOS smartphones.

I will share the story of how we (naively) started a company, built out our technology platform, and created award-winning products along the way. I'll also introduce the energy harvesting technology that is in the PowerWatch and show how it will power a new generation of wearable and IoT devices.

About our speaker

Douglas is the CTO and co-founder of MATRIX. He is a chemist and materials scientist with extensive experience in advanced characterization techniques and nanofabrication processes. Douglas has published work on photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. He has an MS in Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Chemistry from Caltech.

Earlier Event: April 14
Bay Area: Ruddock Brunch
Later Event: April 25
South Bay Monthly Lunch