Yes, it's another crowdfunding campaign for a smartwatch. The latest competing for your backing dollars comes from upstart Omate, which has today launched its TrueSmart watch on Kickstarter. The hook here is that the watch will work as standalone device without a smartphone, letting you make calls, send texts or, as the company suggests, even pair it with Google Glass for some fully-wearable computing. As with other smartwatches, though, it can also act as a smartphone companion to serve up notifications and the like, and the company is hoping that developers will tailor their apps and create new ones specifically for the device; it's simply running Android 4.2.2 underneath Omate's custom launcher, which the company notes is rootable for those so inclined.
As far as the hardware goes, you'll get a 1.54-inch color display (240 x 240 resolution), a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex A7, a built-in 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of memory (with up to 32GB supported via microSD), a micro SIM card slot for 3G connectivity, and an IP67-rated water-resistant design (available in black only). Those on board will have to pony up at least $179 to back the device, which is expected to ship in October or November.
Omate® TrueSmart™ - The World's First IP67 Water-resistant Standalone Smartwatch
Smartwatch 2.0: Omate® TrueSmart™ combines smartphone capabilities along with wireless connectivity, location based services and features a camera on your wrist all in a premium build quality, world's first in a new generation of truly smartwatches.
Multi-Function: Multi-functional phone and notification device based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with app interface all in a sleek IP67 water-resistant smartwatch design. Features include: watch, phone, camera, GPS, notifications, Android apps, LBS tracker, monitoring and more.
Wearable Technology: Omate® TrueSmart™ can be connected to Google Glass and other smart wearable devices functioning as a smart wearable phone, without the need of your smartphone.
Standalone and companion: Omate® TrueSmart™ can make phone calls, messaging, connect to internet and social media independently as a standalone smartphone. Omate® TrueSmart™ can aslo be connected to all your smartphones via WiFi or Bluetooth functioning as a smart wearable device companion to your smartphone.
Dual core processor: Omate® TrueSmart™ is powered by a 1.3GHz dual core processor ensuring all your apps will run smoothly and developers can create new apps and uses beyond imagination using Omate full suite of sensors independently or in a ecosystem with other wearables and smartphones .
IP67 Water-resistant: Being a wearable technology, water-resistant and dustproof ensures your Omate® TrueSmart™ follows you wherever you go, even to places you wouldn't have thought of bringing your smartphone.
Affirming Omate® leadership in smartwatch and wearable computing technology segment.
21 August 2013, New York – Omate today announces the Omate® TrueSmart™, World's First IP67 Water-resistant Standalone Smartwatch.
Omate® TrueSmart™ is now unveiled on the number one crowd funding website Kickstarter so everyone worldwide can start backing Omate® TrueSmart™ now, be the very first in the world to get this world's first connected lifestyle innovation: http://www.omate.com/kickstarter
"For more than a year, we have built a team with a broad range of expertise from Design to Engineering to create what we consider the most advanced smart wearable lifestyle product, setting new standards in the wearable computing field. For funding the production as well as fortifying the apps development, we have chosen to appeal to supporters via the world's best crowd funding platform. The reason being we truly believe that innovation of connected lifestyle products developed and funded by supporters, for the supporters is the best way." says Laurent Le Pen, CEO Omate "We have scheduled two production runs in October and November, appealing to supporters worldwide to support us, so we can give everyone an early Christmas present."
More than a watch, more than just a Bluetooth accessory, Omate® TrueSmart™ is a genuine standalone smartwatch that can also work independently from your smartphone, as well as a companion to your phone.
The Omate® TrueSmart™ packs a 2G/3G phone/modem through a micro SIM card as well as wireless connectivity and expandable memory up to 32GB.
Omate® TrueSmart™ is running Omate® UI launcher on top of Google Android 4.2 along with a wide range of features and qualified Android apps.
Dual Core Cortex A7 – 1.3GHz
Omate UI 1.0 / Android 4.2.2
1.54'' TFT by LG display (240 x 240)
Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen
-- 2G GSM: GPRS class 12 EDGE Multi-Slot Class 12
-- 3G WCDMA: HSPA 7.2Mbps/5.76Mbps
-- WiFi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS
Embedded 5Mpixel camera / 480p @ 30fps video recording
Memory: 512MB + 4GB + (optional 8/16/32GB)
Micro SIM card
600 mAh battery: up to 100 hours standby time
Audio Speaker & Microphone
Messaging Hub: SMS/MMS/Email/SNS
G-sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, IP67
Voice Control / Gesture Control / LBS
Full set of pre-qualified Android applications
The Omate® TrueSmart™ will be shipped in October and November to supporters who pledge to support Omate® TrueSmart™ with US$179 or more via the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign
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Omate® is a vertically integrated Original Design Manufacturer designing wearable wireless computing technologies. Our first product Omate® TrueSmart™ is a unique hi-tech companion that helps manage your connected life and manage both Business and Leisure moments through your wrist. More than a watch, more than just a Bluetooth accessory, Omate® TrueSmart™ is a genuine standalone smartwatch that can also work independently from your smartphone. Omate® TrueSmart™ is a camera, a phone, a GPS, a security device, a sport trainer, a social buddy, a health & fitness partner,...The Omate® TrueSmart™ packs a 2G/3G phone/modem connectivity and is running Omate® launcher on top of Google Android 4.2 along with a wide range of impressive features and apps. Stay tuned with Omate®!