A SMARTWATCH by Omate with phone calling functionality and a 5MP camera has smashed its Kickstarter target in just one day.
The device called the Omate Truesmart arrived on Kickstarter on Wednesday, with the New York based technology startup asking for $100,000 to fund its project.
It's now Friday, and the Omate Smartwatch has exceeded its goal with over $240,000 in crowdsourced funding, having surpassed its original target on the first day of the campaign. It's also likely to receive a much larger cash infusion, as the Kickstarter project still has another 28 days to go.
It's not too surprising that the Omate Truesmart has reached its funding goal so quickly, as unlike rumoured projects from Apple and Samsung, the Truesmart is more of a smartphone than a watch. Smartwatches seem to be popular among the Kickstarter community too, with the Pebble Smartwatch also having surpassed its target on the crowdfunding website.
Whereas Apple's and Samsung's respective smartwatch devices are expected to do little more than offer second screens for their smartphone devices, Omate's Truesmart will have the ability to make phone calls, for those that won't mind talking to their wrist like Dick Tracy. It also boasts 3G connectivity for surfing the web on its 1.5in touchscreen, runs Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system and can be controlled by both gestures and voice.
There's also 4GB of internal storage, built-in GPS, a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera and a 600mAh battery. It has IP67 certification too, which means that it's resistant against water and scratches.
Omate said on its Kickstarter page, "Smartwatches launched till now have been mostly Bluetooth companion accessory to the Smartphone. Omate Truesmart is a new generation of Smartwatch 2.0 which are standalone AND companions.
"When you can have best of BOTH. Connect Omate Truesmart as a companion to any of your smartphones (all smartphones are supported) via Bluetooth 4.0 or Wifi 802.11b/g/n. Or as a complete standalone, your Omate Truesmart follows you wherever you go, even to places you wouldn’t have thought of bringing your phone."
For those looking to back the project, there are $10, $179, $189, and $1099 options available, the latter which will get the Omate Smartwatch in your hands by the end of October. µ
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