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Omate Truesmart water-resistant watch smashes Kickstarter target in under a day

The bustling smartwatch sector will soon have another member after the water-resistant Omate Truesmart hit its crowd-sourcing target and will go into full production later this year.

Omate Truesmart, which sport a 5-megapixel camera, has already raised the $100,000 [£63,760] target it set out to make on Kickstarter (opens in new tab) when the project started yesterday and at the time of writing 855 backers have raised a total of $165,563 [£106,123].

The Truesmart is the brainchild of New York City based group Omate and the hype around the device so far seems to suggest it’ll be a success, with the company calling it a “truly standalone water-resistant smartwatch, [that] works independently from and with all smartphones”.

Truesmart have decided to go down a different route to other smartwatch manufacturers with a microSIM onboard letting users make voice calls without the need for a paired smartphone or tablet. This function also means 3G is available, thus allowing social media posting.

The watch, which runs on Android 4.2.2 OS, sports a 1.54in LG multi-touch display, dual-core Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, GPS, Bluetooth, an audio speaker and microphone, a 600mAh battery, 512GB RAM, and 4GB of onboard storage that can be expanded using microSD cards.

Omate’s Truesmart will be water resistant whilst swimming, but not diving, and it’s expected it will be unveiled at the company’s next scheduled event at IFA in September.

The Truesmart is entering a market that is becoming increasing popular in the tech space and is led by the Pebble, a device that registered $10 million [£6.5 million] on Kickstarter and at the time became the most-funded project on the site ever.

Omate Truesmart is expected to retail at $299 [£191] when it’s released just before Christmas in the US with anyone pledging money via Kickstarter receiving their device during the first batch of deliveries in October and November.

Image Credit: Omate

Jamie Hinks

Jamie is a freelance writer with over eight years experience writing for online audiences about technology and other topics. In his time writing for ITProPortal he wrote daily news stories covering the IT industry and the worldwide technology market, as well as features that covered every part of the IT market, from the latest start ups to multinational companies and everything encompassed by the IT sector. He has also written tech content for our sister publication, TechRadar Pro. Jamie has since moved into sports betting content and is Content Manager at Betbull.