We’re still not sure how long the battery will last
Showing how much pent up demand Apple has created for a smartwatch without even admitting to running such a project, the funding request for rival product – the Omate TrueSmart, has probably broken some records. The aim was to achieve $100,000 but it had gone to over $200,000 within two days. Currently the pot is bigger than $350,000 and there’s still at least 25 days to go. Contrast that with Ubuntu Edge which wanted to raise $32,000 $32m and only managed $12,000 $12m. But GoMo News is still dubious about the TrueSmart’s battery life.
Here at GoMo Towers, we were convinced that Omate was based in Germany but we were utterly wrong.
As the company duly informed us, it is ”Based in New York, with an international team based in eight countries across three continents : USA, Canada, France, Finland, Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, China.”
Conscious of the high degree of skepticism surrounding smartwatch projects at present, the company has released video and photographic evidence of a working prototype. View it here.
In the teaser which GoMo reported on here, details of battery life were notable for their absence.
That’s changed. Omate have now admitted that the device will sport a 600 mAh battery capable of up to 100 hours standby time.
That’s pretty impressive. But if you look at the spec below, what happens if you start switching on the Wi-fi and/or Bluetooth connexions?
Anyway, there’s lots of interesting inform on the KickStarter page mentioned above – including the fact that the first true prouction run will take place in October  so that fans will have their smartwatch in time for Xmas.
We’s also like to point out that the UI for the TrueSmart is being developed by its design partner VireLabs in Finland which is “also working hard on a Home Launcher that takes wearable into a new era.”
The bad news, as far as GoMo News is concerned is that the Ubuntu Edge project didn’t achieve its goal of $32,000.
We reckon it should have done so easily. Perhaps they are using the wrong fund raiser. Omate is on KickStarter whereas Ubuntu was on Indiegogo.
TrueSmart tech specs:
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
+ 2G GSM: GPRS class 12 EDGE Multi-Slot Class 12
+ 3G WCDMA: HSPA 7.2Mbps/5.76Mbps
+ WiFi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
+ Bluetooth 4.0
Embedded 5Mpixel camera
Audio Speaker & Microphone
Memory: 512MB + 4GB + (expandable by microSD 8/16/32GB)
Micro SIM card
600 mAh battery: up to 100 hours standby time
Messaging Hub: SMS/MMS/Email/SNS
G-sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, IP67
Full set of pre-qualified Android applications
Over-the-Air (OTA) system firmware update