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Top 15 Reasons why TrueSmart is the Definitive Smartwatch 2.0
AWESOME NEWS Wouldn't it be so cool to wake up to "A New Watch Everyday"? Our new additional campaign to bring out the fun in TrueSmart - we've got brains and we've got style. Swap clockfaces everyday and anytime you like. To bring you the best clockfaces in a diversity of styles - hip, cool, retro, modern, classic, minimalist... you name it - the talented Omate and the TrueSmart community has been busy with the TrueSmart Clockface Design Challenge.
We have a WINNER !! Congratulations CHALLENGER D Martin Holm Nielsen crowned the GRANDMASTER.
Martin's awesome winning design - your favorite - will also be the first of the premium Clockface designs that will be made with the new Stretch Goal of One Premium Clockface for Every $5K above $900K. Let's get stretching and grab more premium Clockfaces!!
- Omate TrueSmart ships with Google Play Apps Store
- STRETCH GOAL#1 ACHIEVED : $500K Sapphire Crystal Glass
- STRETCH GOAL#2 ACHIEVED : $650K Spares
- STRETCH GOAL#3 ACHIEVED : $720K 720P Video Recording
- STRETCH GOAL#4 ACHIEVED : $800K Fleksy Invisible Keyboard
- STRETCH GOAL#5 ACHIEVED : $900K for EXTRA BATTERY
- STRETCH GOAL#6 ACHIEVED : $1M for Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D
- Clockface Mania Stretch:
Every $5K Above $900K = 1 Premium Clockface from the Design Challenge
TrueSmart Getting Worldwide Press Attention:
- Omate TrueSmart in International Press Worldwide
TIME : "...here’s something novel: The Omate TrueSmart watch... The TrueSmart has some other fancy specs too"
BBC NEWS : "... voice calls and send social media messages without having to be paired with a smartphone or tablet - although that is also an option..."
Sky News : "... will now go into production in October and its makers hope it will tap into the all-important present-giving time of Christmas..."
The Inquirer : "... Omate Truesmart is a new generation of Smartwatch 2.0 which are standalone AND companions... "
Engadget : "... The hook here is that the watch will work as standalone device without a smartphone As with other smartwatches, though, it can also act as a smartphone companion..."
Mashable : "... Omate lets users choose when to use the watch with a smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 or Wi-Fi, and when to use it independently. .."
T3 : "... ready to start producing the watches... "
PCMag : "... the Omate TrueSmart — has become another Kickstarter darling..."
Android Community : "... Omate TrueSmart will ship with Google Play Store access..."
Smartwatch - the Future is Now. Smartphones – love them or hate them. Life these days is connected. Enter the Smartwatch, unobtrusively and convenient on your wrist, you could simply check up on notifications at the flick of the wrist. However, the smartwatches till now still needed a smartphone with you (even those that claim to be “complete”), or they have processing abilities that seem more dumb than smart, can’t run apps, have a dinosaur-age version of Android or even older operating system. Omate TrueSmart, welcome to the truly smart generation Smartwatch 2.0.
Voice call, text messaging, social media messaging, sports apps, tracking, SOS device, GPS navigation, gesture control, voice control, voice-to-text, weather, music player, world clock functions, calendar alarms, voice notes… got your attention? Read on in detail. --- or you can directly click on one of the Pledge Packages on the right to support us :)
Here we go:
Omate has assembled a team of professionals internationally, experts in their own fields, an international team from 8 nationalities across 3 continents, with the aim to create the best wearable products with industry setting standards. We have been working on designing smartwatches for over a year, trying different designs, testing different components. Finally we are happy to bring you the Omate TrueSmart, ready for production, needing your support to bring the Omate TrueSmart to the market.
When we were designing the TrueSmart, we thought what is that one most basic and important thing for a wearable? Water-resistance! There’s rain, thunderstorms, simple washing of hands, redbull spills, showers, swimming, jogging… unlike a smartphone that you put away, a smart wearable you wear with you – we don’t think anyone is going to take off their smartwatch before washing their hands. So in the design process, we ensured the TrueSmart is designed to IP67 standards, perfect for daily use, resistant to water and dust.
- Metal body encasing internals in a watertight seal
- Charging connectors are special waterproof connectors
- microSIM card slot is designed at the side for a balance of water-resistance and accessibility, with a relatively easy to access water-tight cover
- Side buttons were added for simple interaction in water (touchscreen does not work when there is water on the screen)
Smarter than all existing smartwatches, faster processing dual core brain than any other, most developer- & user-friendly Android 4.2 platform than the others, more functions than all, stronger than a rock with a protective metal casing and silicone strap, welcome to the new generation of Smartwatch 2.0, the Omate TrueSmart.
More multifunction than any other smartwatches : watch, phone, camera, GPS, notifications, Android apps, LBS tracker, SOS device, monitoring and more.
Smart Wearable Technology
Imagine Google Glass with Omate TrueSmart’s complete phone & 2G/3G data connectivity abilities, you would be able to go 100% wearable. Omate TrueSmart functions as the world’s smallest wearable smartphone, a perfect companion for all your smart wearables.
World's 1st Smartwatch 2.0 with Dual core processor
Omate® TrueSmart™ is powered by a 1.3GHz dual core processor ensuring all your apps will run smoothly and developers can create new apps and uses beyond imagination using Omate full suite of sensors independently or in an ecosystem with other wearables and smartphones.
World's 1st Smartwatch 2.0 with Google Play App Store [new]
Omate TrueSmast is the World's First Smartwatch 2.0 with Google Play App Store, full access. This gives maximum access to the world's largest collection of apps for users, and also gives maximum access to users for app developers. 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.
World's 1st Smartwatch 2.0 with Sapphire Crystal Glass - the Best Scratch-Proof
Sapphire Crystal is stronger and more premium (pronounced as "more expensive") than mineral crystal. Used by the grandmasters of watchmakers to protect their masterpieces (Rolex, Omega, Hublot, Tissot, Tag Hauer etc) The only things that can scratch a Sapphire Crystal glass is another sapphire crystal and a diamond. Time-tested and with a history of proven track record, Sapphire Crystal glass has protected the timeless timepieces we all know, also protected the investments of their owners (Imagine a hundred thousand dollar Rolex scratched!). We hope that Sapphire Crystal glass shall protect each and every Omate TrueSmart - not just for the active lifestyles of rock-climbing and kayaking, also for the daily life protecting against that accidental scratch from a steel gate.
Make history, make a statement, make Omate TrueSmart the first Sapphire Crystal Smartwatch and set new standards for all Smartwatch 2.0. Support us in surpassing $500K in funds with your pledge now - your help counts!
Standalone AND Companion
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. There are two camps of thoughts, some users believe smartwatches should be standalone, some prefer them as companions. With Omate TrueSmart, this debate is moot. Why choose? 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 – swimming, beach, jogging, clubbing, hiking, and more.
- Dual Core Cortex A7 – 1.3GHz
- Omate UI 1.0 / Android 4.2.2
- 1.54’’ TFT by LG display (240 x 240)
- Multi-touch Capacitive Touch Screen
- Connectivity capabilities:
+ 2G Quad Band: 900/1800/ 850/1900 GSM, GPRS, EDGE
+ 3G Mono band: 2 versions:
you will be able to indicate which version in the Survey Form
at the end of the Project)
2100 (Europe) or 1900 (US)
UMTS, HSDPA,HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+
+ WiFi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
+ Bluetooth 4.0
- Embedded 5Mpixel camera
- Audio Speaker & Microphone
- Memory: 512MB + 4GB + (expandable by microSD 8/16/32GB)
+ Optional upgrade from 512MB to 1GB memory (If you increase your pledge, whichever pledge it is, by $20, we would gladly thank you with the memory upgrade)
- Micro SIM card
- 600 mAh battery: up to 100 hours standby time
- Messaging Hub: SMS/MMS/Email/SNS
- G-sensor (Accelerometer), E-Compass, Gyroscope, IP67
- Vibration alert
- Full set of pre-qualified Android applications
- Over-the-Air (OTA) system firmware update
Omate began designing and developing smartwatches more than a year ago, many designs were drawn and discarded, mock-ups made to select that best fit on the wrist. We wanted a design that is foremost a wrist watch, a wrist watch that would look like a wrist watch, and feel like a wrist watch.
A wrist watch must foremost be water-resistant, for daily use or going with you to wherever. You might be washing your hands or doing the dishes dipping your hands into a pool of water - simple tasks that you don't think much about - unlike a smartphone, a wrist watch has to be with you. A wrist watch has to also be able to withstand daily wear. We started with a metal casing and a silicone belt, protective and durable. In the final product, these two elements stood the test of time and remain unchanged.
Buttons were added to the side for simple interaction (such as acknowledging a notification, or snapping a photo), a detail that some other smartwatches forgot : touchscreen does not work when there is water on it, be it splash from the rain or in the swimming pool. We want your Omate TrueSmart to be more than just a fancy gadget, we designed your Omate TrueSmart to be effective in your daily life !!
With design as the mindset, the watch comes to live! And only then from there our technology experts worked on what can pack into the watch - voila! a small little PCB that packs a full power dual core 1.3GHz processor, 2G/3G voice/text/data function, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 600mAH battery, microSIM slot, microSD slot - the smallest we have seen!
This is the Prototype that our software team is using to develop and test software & apps.
Running a full version of Android 4.2.2, we then proceed to customise for user-interaction on the wrist - a 4 icon screen, swipe left to go back instead of a back button (you can see Laurent perform the "swipe left to go back" in the video as he exits Facebook), larger buttons etc
Next we proceeded with the UI screen designs. In addition, our design partner VireLabs in Finland is also working hard on a Home Launcher that takes wearable into a new era. Remember, the Omate TrueSmart is a full version Android 4.2.2 powered by a dual core processor, totally customisable, totally moddable, totally hackable.All apps, skins, launchers run fast and smoothly for that instant feel. It is not a proprietary system, it is an open platform based on an Android community that's larger than any other. So you can expect more mods, more skins, more launchers than any other!
The Omate OS is an extension that adds some additional functions specific to ease of use as a wearable technology. Developers are fully welcome, pledge with our developer's package including SDK, full support and forum.
AT WHAT STAGE ARE WE ...
All photos you see here and in the video are real photos, real videos. No renderings has been used. We wanted to show and bring a watch that is real, ready for production and not yet another concept drawing - concept drawing for us was so last year. You can see even the PCB Board is of production quality. Hardware is real and ready, software is in development.
Here we have a few videos from one of our labs with an engineering prototype (not the final product).
What did you do when you first got your first new smartphone? Try ringtones!!! :) Just to see if it works! That's what we did too in the labs when we first got the engineering prototype. Audio working, checked!
This video shows Voice Command using Google Voice Search within Android (the Android version used here is 4.2.2 without skinning). Internet via Wifi working, checked (Google Voice Search works only on internet), Microphone working, checked! We'll be developing, testing. tweaking and customizing different voice command technology, voice-to-text, text-to-voice in addition to the ones native in Android 4.2.2. Watch our updates!
Here's us trying out the photo camera for the first time, snapping two photos and viewing them in the gallery. Things we all do when we get our hands on a new toy!
A glimpse of the TrueSmart default clockface. A subtle classical high contrast black and white clockface design (fyi clockface can be in color), designed to match the premium distinguished understated feel of the TrueSmart look.
Clockface can be personalised. Like it, don't like it... think you can do better, think you can win a Clockface design contest showdown? We'll be running a Clockface Design Contest, we'll turn your winning ideas into real clockface. Watch out for the contest in our updates. Everybody loves Clockfaces! :-)
Here you see a video showing typing a message with the standard Android Keyboard is a breeze. TrueSmart's ultra-sensitive touchscreen makes every touch super accurate. Of course you can also install your favorite keyboards such as Fleksy offered in our stretch goal and switch between keyboards. Not designed to write novels on :-), your TrueSmart is indeed perfect for messaging on the go.
BREAKING NEWS: TrueSmart is Born! The First TrueSmart Final Design Working Prototype has been assembled. Check out the Video
Remember to follow our updates here in Update / Comments as well as on Social Media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter).
Many (not just one) concept designs are done, the few early prototypes are made (not just one), the testing of different key components (like selecting TFT instead of OLED/AMOLED for readability outdoors), final design is done, tooling costs is invested. Yes, we are more ready than other crowd-funding projects you have seen. What this means is that we can deliver almost immediately once the project goals are reached and the project ends, one of the faster deliveries and assurance in crowd-funding. We are committing to a production schedule and delivering to you in 2 batches October and November, an early Christmas present!
So, we need you Kickstarters because...
We need cash to have material delivered to us for production. We also want to create even more and better apps, support even more Android developers and create a vibrant developer community for the Omate TrueSmart. Part of the funds will be committed to community developers support so it benefits the community directly and benefits every user too with great apps and even better new app ideas for wearables.
Various funding options have been considered, including banks and venture capitalists, eventually we decided on Kickstarter. Key reason being this is one connected lifestyle product that needs to connect with the community, and made for the users - you / us.
And our appeal to you is also to get involved - interact with us, we will interact too. Here on Kickstarter Updates / Comments and on Social Media. Join us as we complete this amazing Generation 2.0 Smartwatch together - live on crowd-funding and social media.
PLAN FOR SHIPMENT
August 2013 :
Prototype and Tooling ready
Complete Audio & Microphone software tweaking
Complete Camera software and tweak image quality
September 2013 :
Pilot run sample production
Purchase of reserved components
Complete User Interface Skinning & Home Launcher Software
Complete Key Apps Development & Testing
Complete all software and firmware quality assurance
October 2013 :
First Volume Production and Shipping
Supporting Open Developer community
November 2013 : Second Volume Production and Shipping, Supporting Users
An early Merry Christmas!
With the planned Retail Price of US$299 for Christmas, we have created attractive Pledge packages starting from US$179 to thank our supporters and developers for supporting us in bringing the Omate TrueSmart to market and creating a vibrant community of users / superuser / modders / hackers / developers. The first two batches of deliveries in October & November are reserved as rewards for you!
Support us and click on a pledge package on the righ now! Thank you!
Risks and challenges
We have working prototypes in hand, videos and photos seen are NOT merely renderings but real life products. We have a team of international experts with experience in product and manufacturing to ensure smooth transition from ready to market into actual shipping products. While all efforts are made to ensure timely completion of software functions, software development too can have unforseeable delays which may result in software functions being delivered in an update after a product has shipped. There are also risks from unforeseeable factors such as delays in component delivery and certifications.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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