Kickstarter just loves smartwatches, doesn’t it?
Another piece of wearable technology, the Omate TrueSmart, is absolutely annihilating its Kickstarter campaign right now. With 23 days to go, the smartwatch is nearly 400% funded, and close to a stretch goal of $500,000. If that threshold is achieved, the TrueSmart will get Sapphire Glass encasing it, which will make it a touch more durable and all kinds of beautiful.
Omate really is a different piece of tech, and stands above the smartwatch frey to date. Waterproof, with its own Android 4.2.2 based interface, the device comes across as a real contender for everyday use. Omate has really done a sublime job of making sure the TrueSmart is capable of being a standalone device, too. Not only can it act in unison with your smartphone, it supports 2G and 3G networks via SIM card.
If you’re wondering about the particulars, the answer is “yes”. You can send texts, make calls, and the device will ship with Play Store support. Their Kickstarter page notes “Omate is also committed to facilitate and encourage the interaction between users and developers pushing the frontier of apps and new uses for Smartwatch 2.0”, so we’ll be interested in seeing the direction Android developers go with the TrueSmart, and smartwatches in general.
The touchscreen is gesture based, as you may guess with a 1.54-inch screen. It’s also got features like a camera which are probably not necessary, but for a standalone device they might be useful at times. If you’re truly interested in having a watch be your only device, a camera is probably something you’d look for.
In comparison to other smartwatches like the Pebble, this simply blows it away. It has a nice interface, and packs in everything you could want. At $199, the TrueSmart hits a pricing window many are likely to be comfortable with taking a chance on. If you were going out, and needed to do little more than check messages or send emails, sliding your SIM card into the TrueSmart would be a great option to have.
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I must be the only one who thinks this thing sucks on so many lvl’s. :/
He opened a Facebook login screen so I’m guess u got to type on a super small keyboard. Watch should have been designed as a phone companion and not a stand alone Android experience.
If I had this watch I would never put facebook on it. I would use skype, google now/maps and talk to the device.. and take it to places where I don’t want to take a regular phone with me..
It obviously depends on each view and usage. but using social media on a tiny device like that would be pretty useless imo unless you have baby hands :)
But here’s the problem with Android. It let’s just about every app turn on maps and a bunch of other services for no apparent reason. This is why 512 RAM phones are unusable. If or when my watch starts to lag is when i lose it.
Yes but the screen res will save you resources too.. I’m just curious to see how this thing will turn out in the reviews. In my opinion it is more useful as a peripheral than an I/O device.. I’m sure many more of these type of watches will turn out in the future. Apple is coming up with something too, Motorola, Samsung next week…. I’m sure many more will follow
I agree someone needs to perfect the ui as a peripheral device. Then these things could actually be useful.
I think it looks pretty neat. I’d sometimes like to send a quick text or make a quick call with my watch :)
I don’t think it’s possible to cram a full 4.2.2 Android device in a watch. It will either be big or underpowered or will have extremely poor battery life. In the video we never see a full prototype working. They can’t do this with only $500,000 while big companies investing millions are not even close to it. This will be a big deception for those who backed it.
Unfortunately for this firm, I think you are right…
I’m sure it will have all 3 of those disadvantages.
I think the biggest drawback is the lack of private calling (like the HOT watch)! If I have a phone-watch, I’d rather not yell into it for everyone around to hear..
I’d like a bigger screen. At least 3 inches. Enough to fit 4 icons across and 3 vertically. And with a different, yet not too different UI from stock android or iOS. In my opinion settings is not an app, and it shouldn’t be treated like one.
In a way this is better than Pebble, but at least Pebble seems to get it when it comes to UI more than this one.
I’m still waiting for smart watch manufactures to grow a brain and incorporate Leap Motion like device in their devices. Really, screen estate on these devices are really to small to rely solely on touch gestures.
Interesting to know how they will solve the battery life problem.
I think smart watch should be simpler than Omate and cost less to make.
We’re pleased to see the news on AndroidAuthority and we are here to interact, answer questions and collect feedback, even the most critical of comments are welcome!
We will be posting video blogs showing the UI we’ve developed for the smaller screen and how to get around various apps. For interaction, we have chosen a mix of voice, gesture and text input. With a flick of the wrist you gt the clock, for instance. For text we are working closely with a very well known onscreen keyboard developer (soon to be announced).
Please feel free to ask us questions here or swing by our always up to dat kickstarter, Facebook or google+ pages! http://omate.com/kickstarter
I have some advice for you:
1. make it B/W screen with high resolution and beautiful graphics with steel color. E-ink if high resolution is possible.
2. don’t make it like a phone, make it a bluetooth device paired with phones or tablet and that will save money and battery.
3. notification vibration instead of light.
4. No need for touch screen, use touch controls instead.
With TrueSmart we are paving the road for more wearable mobility products to follow. We’re certainly taking any pointers on board so thanks for your feedback! With regards to your points and the TrueSmart:
1. We have chosen Android OS not only for the developer-friendly path but also because we believe this OS offers the aesthetics and the versatility we need. A B/W screen would just not fit although we can see the benefits it brings in terms of battery saving.
2. Obviously one of the key benefits is having the choice of inserting a microsim for phone features such as calling/texting/2g/3g. This is totally optional, you can also pair this with your smartphone using bluetooth!
3. TrueSmart has notification by vibration, light and sound ;)
4. Truesmart uses gesture-, voice-, and text input and even has two buttons on the side of the watch! Those buttons are mainly there because underwater the touchscreen will not work.
It sounds too good to be true. I wish you well but still can’t imagine how you can do it technically, especially with only $500.000 initial investment.
We get the sceptic view on the budget for the development, as a team we have experience in mobile and consumer electronics, from initial development to production and go to market. We’ve done a lot of the work already, having been working on getting the right hardware or the last 12 months the Kickstarter funding is to support our go to market phase. That is why we can commit to such a quick delivery too.
We invite everyone to keep checking our Kickstarter, FB and G+ pages for the latest updates.
I see people are skeptical, I wont judge until it comes out and I appreciate this move into the smart watch market
However I see a problem, stock Android 4.2.2 along with a custom UI on top with only 512MB of RAM? that is not enough for Jellybean or ICS. Your also going to have to dissipate heat somewhere so where is that going to go? Google glass is the closest thing to this watch it can only gets 30min- 4 hours max of use and is tethered to a phone and that is a company with billions of dollars and tons of resources for research.
You might want to consider making your own operating system, android will for sure be way to much for that watch. I am already expecting the Samsung galaxy gear to have major problems to, as it seems they are rushing to get ahead of the competition..
A smart watch that has/is:
-LCD display touchscreen
-Timer,Weather,Music maybe front facing camera
-Can view notes, preview texts and maybe reply
is enough and a good start for now, and remember Samsung and Apple are for sure coming in fairly soon so there will be competition.
I just really recommend not using Android you really need to try making your own OS designed for a smartwrtch not a phone
Regarding the amount of RAM, Omate TrueSmart has been designed to run Android and the apps very well on its 512mb. However, proving we are listening to the community and by popular demand, we now offer an optional upgrade to 1GB.
Full info here:
The TrueSmart will not ship with a stock Android OS, but with our own launcher and UI that we are finishing up on as we speak. The choice for Android is obvious, simply because of the freedom of choosing/developing your apps.
We are welcoming all developers to hop on board, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you get a reply with NDA, drivers and some basic info.
As for the competition, ever heard of David vs Goliath? We’re David and we are so ready.
The biggest problem I see with this is the fact that your making it a standalone device. I think it’s pointless. The reason people by smartphones is a) VIEWING CONTENT. b) Texting. c) CREATING CONTENT. d) Calling.
The order is my opinion. My point is, you can’t view or create content on a device this small. People love BIG screen phones. 4.5 and up. I would suggest to stop this “Standalone” thing, and instead, develop an experience that one-ups everyone else’s.
For example; better battery life, more customization (your design isn’t that attractive. I think it would be cool if you went the Moto X route), Better UI, and last but not least….Customization (sorry, I think it would be awesome to be able to customize a smartwatch, much more than customizing a smartphone).
Edit: Make it so this watch does everything that the smartphone doesn’t need to do. But make it work through Bluetooth, not a standalone feature. (texting, calling, google maps, etc.) Leave the important stuff for the smartphone (Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Camera, etc) As hard as you – or anyone else – tries, the person is going to have a smartphone in their pocket. No one can change that. (at least it won’t change for a few years)
If you keep the device simple, and not focus on replacing the smartphone, that’ll cut down on cost, and size.
Thanksfor taking the time to elaborate your view. You hit the nail right on the head by saying these are the reasons people buy a smartphone. TrueSmart isn’t a smartphone. Smart watches are there to support you when you go places your phone would be a hassle or risk to take. Think sports, outdoor activities, short social applications, there are so many ways in which we have never thought of using smart devices it requires a new way of thinking about mobile connectivity.
Just to be clear, the microsim is an option you don’t HAVE to make use of. TrueSmart connects to your phone via Bluetooth too! It works for everyone in its own way, we feel you need to have the choice.
I dont see the need for a standalone smartwatch. This thing is a wearable cellphone.
If I had this it would be like I have to relate to two devices instead of using the wearable device as an extension to my main device. Duplicate sim, sync in all directions and so on doesn’t sound that very tempting. Im sure it could be useful occasionally, and with future technology I may change my mind.