Use Your Watch as Your Phone: Omate's Android-Powered TrueSmart Smartwatch
In a Kickstarter campaign that has since gone gold ($332,493 of the $100,000 goal as of this writing), a newly-formed company dubbed Omate is offering to the public a smartwatch it calls the TrueSmart. While most smartwatches are designed to be paired with a smartphone, the TrueSmart can pretty much replace your smartphone – it has the guts to do it. Check out the official video:
Indeed, usable on the tiny 1.54”, 240x240-pixel touchscreen is a customized version of Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean.” Speakers, a microphone, a 3G HSPA modem and a micro SIM card slot make the TrueSmart capable of answering and making phone calls, as well as text messaging via SMS and boundless internet browsing anywhere you want, so long as you can stay connected to the nearest cell tower.
The TrueSmart also has GPS, WiFi for connection to your coffee shop's routers and a 5MP camera to snap your daily cappuccino, all crammed inside a metal, waterproof casing attached to a silicon strap. The latter two features, at least, are expected out of even an ordinary watch, but the Omate TrueSmart is clearly no ordinary watch.
Further bolstering that fact are the 1.3Ghz dual-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash memory, and micro SDHC card socket mounted on the device's tiny motherboard. These specs are similar to those of a very certain Android-powered pico-projector, which is neat, but, like that device, Omate hasn't released the goods on battery life. The 600mAh battery is good for 100 hours of standby time. That's all we know.
We do know, though, that the TrueSmart also plays host to the usual bunch of smartphone sensors, including an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, along with a vibrator for notifications and games. To that end, the Google Play Store will be accessible, though I have to wonder just how many of the available apps will work properly on that tiny screen. I suppose that's one of the main reasons why...
...Omate is emphasizing the TrueSmart's hack-ability, with a promise of a “developer's package including SDK, full support and forum.” All of that, plus a rooted TrueSmart, can be yours to use come October by pledging $199 to the Kickstarter campaign. Everyone else can pledge the same amount for the standard edition, which ships out in November instead, or wait until Christmas to pay the full $299 asking price. Take that, Crossbow! You can see the campaign page here.