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
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.
Matte - as opposed to glossy - black is nice to see
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.
It'd be pretty practical if that circular silver thing was actually the battery
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
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.
Yup, it's a tiny screen
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...
Some more views of Omate's custom Android skin
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.