As Samsung prepares for its long-anticipated smartwatch launch, New York-based Omate has smashed the funding target for its own TrueSmart wrist-mounted device. Omate Truesmart, a water-resistant smartwatch with a built-in 5-megapixel camera, reached its $100,000 (£63,700) crowdfunding target in less than one day, and has now raised more than double its original goal, with $232,317 (£149,000) pledged and 28 days of the campaign remaining. Most of the smartwatches launched to date have been intended as Bluetooth companion accessories to a smartphone, but TrueSmart claims to be “a new generation of Smartwatch 2.0,” operating both independently from the smartphone, thanks to its 3G capabilities, and as a companion via Bluetooth or WiFi. TrueSmart has a 1.54-inch touchscreen display and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It features a 1.3GHz dual core processor, a 600 mAh battery with up to 100 hours standby time, and its own speaker and microphone. The device is encased in a metal body with a watertight seal, and charging connectors are also waterproof, meaning it doesn’t have to be removed for showers or swimming. Omate claims that the device will be used for voice calls, text messaging, social media messaging, sports apps, tracking, SOS device, GPS navigation, gesture control, voice […]
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