It may not have been the $10 million plus we saw from the Pebble smartwatch, however the folks at Omate have wrapped up their TrueSmart watch Kickstarter this morning with more than $1 million in funding. They have closed things out with $1,032,352 coming from 4,378 backers. This of course, was towards their initial goal of $100,000.
Anyway, as the Omate TrueSmart Kickstarter closed well over that initial goal -- there were quite a few bonus items that were added as stretch goals. Some of those items included Sapphire Crystal, 720p video recording, the Flesky Invisible Keyboard, an extra battery, Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D technology and more than a handful of extra clock faces.
There were also some options to bump up the amount of RAM, going from 512MB to 1GB. But all those extra points aside, the TrueSmart is intended to arrive as a step above the current line of available smartwatches. Basically, the Omate TrueSmart is more of a smartphone on your wrist as opposed to only being a second display to get notifications.
The watch will arrive running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and sporting a 1.54-inch (240 x 240) capacitive display, dual-core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 processor, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 600 mAh battery and 5 megapixel camera. The watch will also have GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and a microSIM card slot for 3G connectivity.
Anyway, while the Kickstarter period has come to a close, we now look towards the future to see if Omate will be able to hold to those promised delivery times. Assuming that is the case, developer units should begin arriving in October with other backers receiving their watches in November and December. Otherwise, the folks at Omate have also started to lay out a plan for moving forward.
The details here consist of some promotion and plenty of work to get everything finished, built and shipped out to backers. There was also some talk of the Omate webstore opening at www.omate.com along with work on what will arrive as the "ultimate cool" Omate website. As of this writing the Omate webstore has yet to open, but as the folks at Omate have said, "the beginning is here." Basically, it looks like they now have plenty of work ahead of them.