James Bond-esque type analogies aside, it doesn't take a prophet to see that we're getting ever closer to a point when smartwatches could very well have a niche of their own secured. Of course, we are not seeing traditional watch brands panicking just yet, but that may change as the category progresses and narrows the design gap, because let's face it: though smartwatches are offering an increasingly alluring array of functionality, style is what sells, at least when it comes to timepieces.
The Omate TrueSmart fits that bill very well, for it is functional, but a long way from making it to the wrists of fashion gurus or corporate big shots. What truly sets the TrueSmart apart, though, is the fact that it is completely functional as a standalone product and works without having to pair up with another smart device – think Android device with a custom skin on a very small display. In fact, seeing how Android is not at all optimized for such extremes in terms of real estate, it's probably one of the few times you'll see us saying a custom skin is a good thing (pending a review, of course). Omate's smartwatch will run a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 with 3G/Wi-Fi support, cover IP67 standards (water resistant) and feature a 5MP shooter. The best part of it all? The TrueSmart is no concept – it's a working device – the founders are simply looking for backers to help them speed things along on the way to mass production.
Regardless, the team has gotten an almost instantaneous validation – the project started yesterday with a goal of $100,000, and as of this writing has raised about $150,000, with 29 days to go. The first batch is expected to arrive somewhere in November this year, and the lowest currently available pledge that will get you one in the mail in time for the holidays is $189.
Notable specs include:
1.54-inch, 240x240 TFT display by LG
512MB RAM, 4GB microSD-expandable internal storage
Omate UI 1.0 on top of Android 4.2.2
Built-in speakers and a microphone
Gyroscope, Compass, G-sensor
Omate's standalone smartwatch