20
Sep
TrueSmart

Where to begin. First things first, this isn't your typical Kickstarter-funded smartwatch that syncs with a smartphone somehow differently than the other umpteen options. The Omate TrueSmart truly is a smart watch, as it incases its own dual-core processor running Android 4.2.2. This distinguishing feature has attracted over 4,000 backers to part with $1 million, ten times more than the $100,000 goal Omate was aiming for. David ripped this watch a new one when its campaign first begun, but I think it deserves a new start. If you haven't been following this campaign, I present to you, the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch.

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Sorry, I just don't get tired of re-using that photo. But in my defense, David did describe the TrueSmart as being "as close to literally being a smartphone on your wrist as possible without actually just attaching a smartphone to your wrist with some Velcro." With a pitch as nice as that one, I just had to Sammy Sosa it. Anyways, here is the real TrueSmart.

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Yes, as the picture above shows, this watch has higher specs than some smartphones. With its own MicroSIM card, it's capable of making its own phone calls, and if you pair it with Google Glass, who even needs to hold a computer anymore? Now, given that the TrueSmart has blown through all of its stretch goals, the final product will ship with sapphire glass, support for 720p video recording, and the ability to swap out for an extra battery.

TrueSmart stretch goals achieved:

  • STRETCH GOAL #1: $500K Sapphire Crystal Glass
  • STRETCH GOAL #2: $650K Spares
  • STRETCH GOAL #3: $720K 720P Video Recording
  • STRETCH GOAL #4: $800K Fleksy Invisible Keyboard
  • STRETCH GOAL #5: $900K for EXTRA BATTERY
  • STRETCH GOAL #6: $1M for Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D
  • Clockface Mania Stretch:
    Every $5K Above $900K = 1 Premium Clockface from the Design Challenge

With such a strong showing of support, Omate has rolled out a steady stream of updates documenting their process. Some of their more recent videos show a prototype with a working launcher and support for resizing widgets.

Look & Feel:

Presets & Themes:

The watch's custom UI is theme-able and comes with over twenty clockfaces to choose from, offering an extra degree of flair that likely still won't compensate for how unfashionable a watch of this size is. If you're about to become the proud owner of one of these puppies, here's a glimpse of what it may look like on your wrist.

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Omate has also provided images of specific apps running on the TrueSmart's tiny 1.53-inch 240x240 display. AirDroid runs just fine - granted, AirDroid doesn't exactly require much interaction from users on the smartphone side of things. On the other hand (teehee), the Gmail picture gives a better glimpse of how apps scale to fit on such a small screen.

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So you can read emails just fine, but can you respond to them? Yes, actually. It's perfectly possible to peck out full-length messages. See for yourself.

Omate aims to ship TrueSmart watches out to backers as soon as this November (October for the developer edition). I didn't back the project, but I only hope I'm fortunate enough to come across someone wearing one of these in the wild. I'm sure I'll be able to spot them from a mile away.

Omate TrueSmart: Water-resistant standalone Smartwatch 2.0

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • TY

    I guess many people pay it for... Ahem.... cheating in exams....?
    I mean, even the iPhone with a 4-inch screen is considered to small for many nowadays. And this thing is essentially a super tiny smartphone with a strap.

    • viaimages

      people use the Apple Nano as a strapped watch on the wrist swiping their screens and it is smaller then this. i don't hear any complaints in that department

  • Eszol

    Somebody will buy their company in the next 12months

  • Matthew Fry

    Aaaaand we're back to fullscreen keyboards again. I think the best entry so far in the smartwatches is the Qualcomm Toq. If I didn't have a computer on my person 24/7 I'd consider it but these "smart" watches provide no real benefit to me. I think wearable computers are going to be of biggest benefit for rugged explorer types. I'll just jump to Glass and skip the watch.

    • MichaelTolly

      One if the stretch goals was the Fleksy invisible keyboard. This solves your fullscreen keyboard problem. They are also going to make a semi-transparent mode for the TrueSmart.

  • unsivilaudio

    I'm actually kind of sad I missed out on this. This looks quite promising.

    • RaptorOO7

      You can still get a pre-order in for Christmas time delivery on http://www.omate.com site. Its a really cool watch and the "extreme" model with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage for the same price as the GG by samsung has me rethinking mine. But I still don't like the over all clunky look it needs to be a bit more refined in the design department for me.

  • http://samsung-updates.com/ Krzysztof Bryk

    i need one :)

  • spydie

    If only they had an S-pen with tiny point on it like the Note does so you could peck out your messages easier. Just carry the pen in your shirt pocket like I do a regular pen all the time . The other thing that turns me off on watches who's screens require a lot more power than E-ink is the fact that the screen is not on when I glance at my watch. Like when I have my hand on the steering wheel and don't want to make a special "movement" to turn the screen on. Some guys don't mind the screen being off all the time, but it reminds me of the first LED watches that were always off and you had to press a button to see the time.

    • MichaelTolly

      The screen will come on when you flick your wrist up to check the time.

  • wolfkabal

    I got in on one, dev edition too, I'll follow-up as it's delivered (dev edition is projected as late October)

  • freakism

    Work with my hands and have had situations I've cursed hell I don't have a smartwatch. It's good that Kickstarter is spiting these devices out, even the big guys took note. Do think I'll have one on my wrist next year, let's see who's it is.

  • feros

    as long as it cost cheaper than mid/low end smartphone then will do.

    I'm not that crazy to show such small, expensive, sophisticated gadget worn on my hand clearly visible to public.

    such thing should be valued & protected from any harms & prying eyes.

    • Sokudoningyou

      It says $299 retail, so it's as expensive as the Samsung Gear is, unless you jump in on the one $179 slot left.

  • Mario

    One hundred hour battery life, on standby. I wonder what the real world battery usage will be.

    • MyLeftNut

      I get 4 days and 18 hrs on standby with my note 2 but only about 2 days and 4 hrs with average use. You gotta weigh it.

      It has a color screen but it's a small screen. It will probably have a lot of background and running processes for push notification but the number of services will be limited. Also as a watch, you're gonna be accessing this thing a whole more than you would your phone just by virtue of it being right there on your wrist.

      I don't know. I'm still not the target audience for this and probably won't be for many years until the tech gets more sophisticated and efficient.

    • viaimages

      if you listen to music, watch movies, or play games on the watch, it will be significantly less

  • Wayne Randall

    That watch dwarfs a cinnabun. Yikes!

  • Phill_S

    What I am sure we all really want to know is if it plays nice with Google Now, both for notifications and voice input.

    That alone tips it from expensive novelty gadget into an extremely powerful piece of wearable tech.

    • viaimages

      Omate is applying to get 100% open use to all of Google Play apps

  • Sokudoningyou

    It looks like way too much for me. That's why the Pebble was interesting; it gives me notifications and the time, and it's customizable to a point. I can't even fathom why someone wants to be able to text on a screen so damn small you can't type the keys, or take pictures.

  • master94

    This would be perfect if they had a front facing camera for Google Hangout.

  • Anonymous Coward

    As a backer of this project, the pictures of the watch on the wrist are of someone with a 16cm circumference wrist.

  • http://www.martian-imperium.com/ Lokifish Marz

    "Too big" It's dwarfed by a Casio G-Shock and how many complaints do you read about that being too big. http://omatetruesmart.wikispaces.com/Wearing+and+Carrying

    "Who wants a standalone" I do for one. I quit phone development and swore off smartphones due to tech stagnation. Anything not ahead of a Moore's Law curve is a predictable increase in specs.

    "Battery life is garbage" In typical smartwatch mode, early testing shows 12hrs of use and 400hrs standby. The 4hrs/100hrs that's stated is as a standalone phone.

    • http://samsung-updates.com/ Krzysztof Bryk

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  • kalle629

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  • adamhs

    "unfashionable a watch of this size is"

    I realize how out of touch with fashion nerds generally are. As am I. But large watches are actually quite fashionable and trendy these days. And most are large and bulky for no functional reason whatsoever. Just wanted to point that out.

  • Richard Fletcher

    I was an early bird so in October I will get mine ready rooted and numbered one of the fist 2k to be made cant wait

  • Richard Fletcher

    PS in real money after all the extras I got it cost £159 a lot less than a phone!

  • Amy McFarland

    This has many advantages over a phone for the athletic persons. I have a note 2 and I'm thrilled to be able to answer my watch versus the bulky note 2. Don't get me wrong I love my phone and I use it often but seeing who's calling at a glance is awesome. For what I will use this for I cannot wait to get mine in November!