Omate's Different Take On The Smartwatch Generates $260k On Kickstarter In Two Days
The Omate TrueSmart is essentially a smartphone on your wrist; almost every other smartwatch venture, from other Kickstarter-backed projects such as the Pebble to impending designs from juggernauts Apple and Samsung, is more of a second screen for your smartphone.
That’s all well and good--being able to leave your phone in your pocket and answer phone calls and perform other activities with a wrist-mounted device is great. But the Omate TrueSmart--though it can function in tandem with a smartphone--is its own beast.
The smartwatch runs on a dual-core Cortex A7 (1.3GHz) processor with Android 4.2.2 (and a special Omate UI), 4GB of onboard storage (expandable to 32GB with a microSD card), GPS, 5MP camera, speaker, microphone, and a 1.54-inch (240x240) LG TFT multi-touch capacitive screen. For networking, it has a microSIM card and sports 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA HSPA, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The 600 mAh battery promises 100 hours of standby time, and there’s a G-sensor, e-compass, gyroscope, and IP67 waterproofing. The device has a handy SMS/MMS/email/SNS messaging hub as well as a smattering of Android apps such as Facebook and other commonly-used apps.
And of course, it tells time. The group behind the project was looking for $100,000 in crowdsourced funds, which it quickly surpassed. Currently, the amount pledged stands at $262,163 and counting, with 27 days to go.