Omate TrueSmart watch launches on Kickstarter, works with or without your smartphone

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Omate TrueSmart watch launches on Kickstarter, works with or without your smartphone

Yes, it’s another crowdfunding campaign for a smartwatch. The latest competing for your backing dollars comes from upstart Omate, which has today launched its TrueSmart watch on Kickstarter. The hook here is that the watch will work as standalone device without a smartphone, letting you make calls, send texts or, as the company suggests, even pair it with Google Glass for some fully-wearable computing. As with other smartwatches, though, it can also act as a smartphone companion to serve up notifications and the like, and the company is hoping that developers will tailor their apps and create new ones specifically for the device; it’s simply running Android 4.2.2 underneath Omate’s custom launcher, which the company notes is rootable for those so inclined.

As far as the hardware goes, you’ll get a 1.54-inch color display (240 x 240 resolution), a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex A7, a built-in 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of memory (with up to 32GB supported via microSD), a micro SIM card slot for 3G connectivity, and an IP67-rated water-resistant design (available in black only). Those on board will have to pony up at least $179 to back the device, which is expected to ship in October or November.

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Source: Omate TrueSmart, Kickstarter

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