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Saturday, August 24, 2013

New hybrid smartwatch beats its crowd-funding target within 24 hours

A smartwatch project on crowd-funded site Kickstarter has exceeded its $100,000 (£64,000) financial target in the first day of its 30-day funding window.

The Omate TrueSmart is designed to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth or WiFi and can also become a stand-alone mobile phone if a SIM card is fitted.

It’s water-resistant to IP67 and runs Android 4.2.2 on a 1.3GHz dual-core processor. There’s a 1.54-inch touch-screen display, a 5 megapixel camera and an expandable memory. The first production runs are scheduled for October and November, with initial pricing from $179 (£115).

Laurent Le Pen, CEO of Omate, said “Everyone in the team watched live from across the world as the launch button was hit. We know we have designed a great product; it is still nerve-wrecking to put the Omate TrueSmart under the spotlight and face the world for the very first time. Within minutes we knew it was going to be a hit, the pledges were flowing in like nothing we have seen before. Now, the Omate Team is focusing on Time-To-Market and is dedicated to deliver the TrueSmart on time and on quality.”

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