Move over Samsung Galaxy Gear, Omate TrueSmart watch is here. Dubbed as the world’s first standalone smartwatch, it can work independently from smartphone. Omate TrueSmart has started production after raising more than $100,000 through Kickstarter crowdfunding.
The biggest selling point for Omate TrueSmart is its ability to make voice calls, text and social media messaging without a smartphone or tablet. As with other smartwatches in the market, it can be paired with a smartphone for notifications, access to apps and more. The developers even suggested it can work with Google glass to optimize smart wearable technology experience. Other cool features and specs are :
- Android 4.2.2 operating system
- 5 MP camera
- Messaging Hub: SMS/MMS/Email/SNS
- IP67 standards – waterproof and dustproof , ideal for daily use
- GPS location support
- Can be operated via voice or gesture controls
- weather, music player, calendar alarms
- 4 GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB using a microSD card
- Dual core Cortex A7 – 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor to support apps
- 512 MB of RAM
- 600mAH battery
- Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen at 1.54 inches
- Color display of 240×240 resolution
- Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- 3G WCDMA : HSPA 7.2Mbps / 5.76Mbps
The company revealed that the project had been in development for one-and-a-half years and that they already had a factory in Shenzhen, China ready to go into production. Nick Yap, one of the co-founders said “We already have working prototypes, but not the final design. He added that his company planned to make samples of the finished product next month and to ship the first watches to customers in October. The suggested retail price is $299. Initial available color is black but the company is planning to make it available in other colors.
Smart wearable technology has captured consumers’ attention in the recent years. Tech consultancy Gartner predicts the global wearable computing market could be worth $10 billion by 2016. Some of the companies with existing smartwatches are Sony with its Smartwatch ( currently 2nd version, price $180 ), and Pebble E-Paper Watch ( $180 ). Samsung, Apple and Toshiba are some firms that are currently developing their own smartwatches.
Based on its capabilty, Omate TrueSmart watch has superior functionality. With various offerings, it seems that fitness tracker bracelets like Nike Fuelband will soon be out of business. Some analysts, however, are skeptical that this will be a hit. They think that most consumers will still be waiting for the products from known firms such as Samsung, Google and Apple or perhaps from the established brands that already make watches.
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