With funding secured, the Omate TrueSmart is now available for general pre-orders
The folks at Omate have exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter goal, with the TrueSmart watch getting $1,032,352 from 4,378 backers. More than just another Bluetooth accessory, the TrueSmart will attempt to be a replacement of sorts for your smartphone, as it runs a full build of Android and has it's own MicroSIM card slot.
On the specs side, it certainly looks more like what we would see in a phone or tablet than a run-of-the-mill smart watch. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on its 1.54-inch (240 x 240) capacitive display, it has a dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor and 4GB of storage (and a microSD card slot) under the hood. Standard features we see from more robust devices, like Bluetooth 4, GPS and 802.11 b/g/n Wifi round out the mix. Users also have the choice between 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and the device is IP67-rated for water resistance and has a sapphire crystal.
Possibly the best feature is that the watch requires no specific brand of smart phone to operate. It should pair with any Android device, and is truly stand-alone in its own right.
Now that stage one is complete, stage two begins — where the company tries to meet it's shipping goals. In addition to the Kickstarter pre-orders, which are scheduled to begin shipping to early-birds in October, the general pre-order page is also live. For more information, see the links below.