Move Over Samsung Galaxy Gear, Omate TrueSmart Watch Is Here

Move over Samsung Galaxy Gear, Omate TrueSmart watch is here. Dubbed as the world’s first standalone smartwatch, it can work independently from smartphone. Omate TrueSmart has started production after raising more than $100,000 through Kickstarter crowdfunding.

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The biggest selling point  for Omate TrueSmart is its ability to make voice calls, text  and social media messaging without a smartphone or tablet. As with other  smartwatches in the market, it can be paired with a smartphone for notifications, access to apps and more. The developers even suggested it can work with Google glass to optimize smart wearable technology experience. Other cool features and specs are :

  • Android 4.2.2 operating system
  • 5 MP camera
  • Messaging Hub: SMS/MMS/Email/SNS
  • IP67 standards – waterproof and dustproof , ideal for daily use
  • GPS location support
  • Can be operated via voice or gesture controls
  • weather, music player, calendar alarms
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB using a microSD card
  • Dual core  Cortex A7 – 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor to support apps
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 600mAH battery
  • Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen at 1.54 inches
  • Color display of 240×240 resolution
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • 3G WCDMA : HSPA 7.2Mbps / 5.76Mbps
This is how the screen will look like

This is how the screen will look like

The company revealed that  the project had been in development for one-and-a-half years and that they already had a factory in Shenzhen, China ready to go into production. Nick Yap, one of the co-founders said “We already have working prototypes, but not the final design. He added that his company planned to make samples of the finished product next month and to ship the first watches to customers in October. The suggested retail price is  $299. Initial available color is black but the company is planning to make it available in other colors.

           User Interaction screen designs
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User Interaction screen designs

 

Smart wearable technology has captured consumers’ attention in the recent years. Tech consultancy Gartner predicts the global wearable computing market could be worth $10 billion by 2016. Some of the companies with existing smartwatches are Sony with its Smartwatch ( currently 2nd version, price $180 ), and Pebble E-Paper Watch ( $180 ). Samsung, Apple and Toshiba are some firms that are currently developing their own smartwatches.

Based on its capabilty, Omate TrueSmart watch has superior functionality. With various offerings, it seems that fitness tracker bracelets like Nike Fuelband will soon be out of business. Some analysts, however, are skeptical that this will be a hit. They think that most consumers will still be waiting for the products from known firms such as Samsung, Google and Apple or perhaps from the established brands that already make watches.

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What do you think of this smartwatch? Share your thoughts with us.

27 Responses to Move Over Samsung Galaxy Gear, Omate TrueSmart Watch Is Here

  1. farhad says:

    Will it last through even a day with it’s meagre battery?

    • Jarold Lubaton says:

      Hi Farhad,
      The developer claims the smartwatch has up to 100 hours standby time. However they did not provide how long it will run if you’d use it for calls, sms, etc. I certainly hope it can last that long.

      • ThingsToWasteMoneyOn says:

        So if you actually use it, they can’t give you run time; if you don’t use it, they say it can last for 100 hours??? I think I’ll pass on this one. How about we gather our money and pool it into something actually useful, like paying off my student loans?

        • 600mAh might not sound like much but with the new dual core processor and smaller screen it actually gives you enough to easily get through the day on a single charge, and actually using it. We will be posting field testing results soon, as well as video blogs on how the actual UI and several apps look. Keep your eye on our Kickstarter page or check FB/G+!

  2. Roland says:

    It’s a nice looking watch and I love the advance of technology. I’d wear this watch and it would probably work well for me with daily charges. I don’t talk or text very often… but I imagine the available talk time and resulting battery life will not be acceptable for many people. But one day the battery technology and use of solar power will make for some amazing smart watches. (they’ll also make great tracking-devices-as a gift with a few modifications).

  3. pattern scanner says:

    I think the developer and many others are missing the crucial problem with this product and with this type of idea in general: interacting with a watch that does anything more than tell the time and date makes the wearer appear to be a giant dork.
    This has not changed since the days of the early 80’s calculator watch; any consumer foolish enough to bring attention to their “cool watch” is immediately singled out as a dork, nerd, geek, or generally friendless loner/brainiac type.

    Don’t even get me started on TALKING into your watch.

  4. Peter says:

    I’m not sure a person will actually be able to use it unless they
    1) have small younger fingers
    2) can still see without glasses or holding a book far away – us older timers who still use and buy gadgets!
    3)Never go into any place of business or a theater. You know places that don’t allow cameras!
    4)do they expect me to buy another phone plane for my phone? A lot of people now use their cell phones as their house phones and uhm letting someone borrow your watch to make a quick call

  5. Ron says:

    Destined to fail for the same reason that calculator watches failed: too many features in too small of a unit. It’s a fundamental law of physics that the UI suffers, and thus it’s hard to use and so doesn’t get used.

  6. mark says:

    Unless it is also a video phone, forget it. Better would be a neck pendant that could be operated with both hands and used as a video phone if oriented correctly.

  7. Cal Herrmann says:

    I am happy with my Z1, also from Shenzhen, available from Amazon. A larger screen, 2.0 inches. Now the Neptune Pine, from Canada, just offered, is still better!

  8. Adam Baum says:

    – “Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen at 1.54 inches”

    I’m holding out until they release the Smart Cuff-Link that packs a phone, music player and internet capability into a cuff-link with a 0.5″ screen.

    Doing anything non-trivial on a smartphone is already difficult enough due to the small size and resolution. Other than a lame demo, who in the world is going to update their Facebok page on a tiny 1.5″ screen that has 240×240 resolution?

  9. Dub Dublin says:

    Oh, the “why don’t we solar power it?” question again. Mostly, because solar is a piddly power source. Let’s do a little quick back-of-the-envelope math to check: screen size is 1.54 in square, that’s 2.372 in^2. There are 1550 (close enough) sq in in a sq meter, so the screen area is .00153 m^2. Solar irradiance on a clear day is generally figured at 1000 W/m^2, and good quality commercial solar cell converts 15% of that, so that’s 1.53 W @ 15%= .23W. That’s the max power available on this thing as a practical matter, using the very best affordable technology. (And we’re still assuming it’s pointing directly at the sun and there are no clouds or shading, which can easily drop that figure by an order of magnitude.)

    The battery is specified as 600mAH, so assuming the unicorns arrange things to always get the correct voltage (call it 4.0 V) to charge a Li-Poly battery., we’ll have .0575 A or 58 mA available. So under the very best conditions, it would take over 10 hours to charge this thing. Since people who design solar power plants only count on 5 hours/day average at local irradiance, this is clearly not going to cut it. Remember that order of magnitude loss from shading and orientation? It still applies, along with another 20% loss in battery charging that I haven’t figured in. Long story short, you’d have to charge it for a week or two to wear it for a day. Oh and you’ve just added non-trivial weight and thickness to the package, too. You’re gonna want a plug-in charger…

  10. Thanks for the comments so far, we are keeping our eyes and ears open and would like to be available for questions and discussions! As for the battery life, we are have our theoretical stats and can safely state that you can get through the day using the watch instead of just having it on stand-by, but we’d rather give you some solid numbers from our field testing. More to come soon, keep an eye on our Kickstarter / FB / G+ pages! Any questions here will also be answered, of course!

    • Johnny says:

      It looks like a cool standalone device.. The battery life though is a killer! If you’re looking for a smart-watch (I’d say the Omate isn’t, but rather a phone-watch) i’d go with something with more battery life and smaller.. Something like the HOT smart watch.

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  12. Jannette Eichner says:

    Is this device Glympse (www.glympse.com) enabled? Seems like it would be a perfect application for this. With the GPS it seems like it would be…

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