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10 billion


That is the size in US dollars of the global market in smart watches, according to the Gartner Institute.

Today, this remains a niche market and we are only at the beginning of an exponential boom. The research firm Canalys estimates that the number of smart watches sold will grow by 900% from 500,000 to 5 million in 2014.
The biggest companies in electronics and the internet have unveiled their products and more than 30 prototypes are now under development. In this technological and marketing race to market, battery life (which is a mere 24 hours today!), dependability of the connection to services (to the telephone, computer, tablet, etc.) and design aesthetics will make all the difference in the fierce competition for consumers.


Whether for traditional watches or high-tech, our Wysips® Crystal technology is a must for today’s watches, powering their new features and boosting energy performance—all without affecting aesthetics.

Energy reliability is a key challenge for watch manufacturers, even more so for smart watches because they consume a lot of energy.

Competition in this market is only just beginning. To survive, models must offer a long and dependable battery life (at least 24 hours!), while maintaining attractive designs. Thanks to Wysips® Crystal, they can do just that, because the component enables watch to generate all the electricity it needs.

Another key advantage: connected watches will consume even less energy using the Wysips® Connect version, which means the watch can not only power itself, but also send and receive data because it is LiFi compatible!

  1. Advantages of Wysips® Crystal Watches
  2. EconomicalWatches are more energy self-sufficient which results in lower overall battery costs, whether the batteries are regular, rechargeable, or high-capacity.
  3. SmartThe electricity generated as well as its LiFi compatibility means manufacturers can increase the number of watch applications and functions without affecting aesthetics.
  4. SustainableSmaller battery size, as well as lower cost for energy storage, reduces the watches’ environmental footprint.

Wysips® Crystal technology

Wysips® Crystal technology is incorporated during manufacturing, either beneath or on top of the crystal. The transparent component is connected to an electronic chip that converts and manages the power produced. The photovoltaic component continually recharges the battery totally eliminating the need to ever change the watch battery again.

LiFi compatible thanks to Wysips® Connect, our technology enables smart watches to send/receive data transmitted over light waves (VLC-Visible Light Communication).

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Projects Under Way

Sunpartner Technologies has recently invested in a plant to produce Wysips® Crystal components in Rousset, France, near Aix-en-Provence. A prototype is currently being developed in partnership with a leading global watch manufacturer.

Une révolution énergétique !
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