Omate seems to be doing quite well on Kickstarter for its TrueSmart smartwatch, requiring $100,000 of funding. But, Omate has hit a home run with its 'Smartwatch 2.0' pulling in (at the time of writing) $744,499 of funding with 7 days left to go.
We thought we'd get in contact with them and ask them a few questions about its upcoming 3G-capable TrueSmart device.
Q: Who is Omate?
A: Omate stands for
- Outdoor mate: Purposely designed to accompany you on outdoor activities - especially in wet environments like swimming, surfing or mountain biking - keeps you connected and gives access to calls, notifications and your favorite sporting apps.
- Office mate: No need to pull your phone out during that office meeting to check if you got that email or call you were waiting for.
Samsung may have already announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Omate has impressed the world with its TrueSmart 'smartwatch 2.0' device, but it looks like the previous market leader, Apple, may be behind considerably with its own smartwatch, the iWatch.
DigiTimes has released a new article stating that the Cupertino-giant, who just launched its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones, is experiencing low yield-rate problems, with upstream supply chain sources of DigiTimes stating that Apple is only receiving 30-40% of its original order volumes: "The iWatch is built using powder metallurgy technology and then processed by CNC equipment. Since Apple requires the iWatch be thin and light and still features an elegant design, it has been known that this will pose a great challenge to the device's chassis suppliers as well as related component makers and back-end process service providers."
Apple is expected to launch its iWatch device sometime in mid-2014, with manufacturers Inventec and Quanta Computer the companies behind the manufacturing muscle for the iWatch.
Have you ever wondered what a pair of Google Glass looks like under an X-ray machine? I know I have, and some recently posted photos are showing just that! Website STEMbites has just posted a full set of photos of a pair of Google Glass being X-rayed.
This is something I would love to see more of. While teardowns like those posted by iFixit are cool, these are much cooler. They show you how intricate and precise everything fits together inside these micro-devices and it really makes one appreciate the engineering and skill that goes into creating something this powerful in such a tiny package.
Earlier this week, Samsung released their long awaited and highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The new companion device is designed to augment Samsung Galaxy devices and provide the end-user with a much more rich and immersive "smart technology" experience. TweakTown's Johannes Knapp is at IFA 2013 and got to go hands on with the new device.
At the moment, the Galaxy Gear only works with the newly launched Galaxy Note 3, but Samsung is promising functionality with many of their Galaxy-branded products in the future. The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320x320-pixel Super AMOLED display that is surrounded by a brushed aluminum frame. A 1.9-megapixel camera is embedded into the rubberized wrist strap, and the device is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM to keep things running nice and smooth.
The Galaxy Gear runs a highly modified version of Android 4.3 and is said to more closely resemble Windows Phone rather than any of Samsung's Android-based skins. Samsung says that the device will feature 70 optimized apps on release day. If you're interested in getting your hands on a Galaxy Gear before anyone else, head over to Verizon and pre-order yours today.
Qualcomm has just stepped into the smartwatch game, announcing its Toq smartwatch at its Qualcomm Uplinq 2013 conference. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs announced the smarwatch, which featured a Mirasol color screen that can be viewed outdoors in bright sunlight.
Toq features wireless charging capabilities through WiPower LE, which is a nice touch. Qualcomm's Toq will display notifications, and it should feature applications of its own. The Toq can also control music playback and play locally to wireless headsets, but it's also capable of screening calls and showing a bunch of different watchfaces.
Qualcomm does it a bit different with Toq and its Mirasol display, which never turns off. Even with it never turning off, Toq can last multiple days between charge. Qualcomm will release a limited amount of Toq smartwatches in the next couple of weeks, with stock building up in the coming weeks.
Today, Samsung announced its highly anticipated Android-based smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch features a 1.63-inch 320x320 AMOLED display that is framed in brushed aluminum. Unlike the many leaks we saw leading up to the launch, the device does not feature a curved screen and uses Bluetooth to connect to a Galaxy smartphone rather than the reported NFC that was previously rumored.
The device runs Android 4.3 and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 to conserve energy. Samsung says that there are over 70 apps to choose from. They can be installed using the smartwatch's Galaxy Gear Manager app. 4GB of built-in storage is available alongside a 315mAh battery. Samsung says that the Galaxy Gear will be available in early October and will retail at an MSRP of $299.
Google hasn't launched its wearable computing device, Glass, just yet, but the Mountain View-based giant is reportedly set to launch a dedicated Glass App Store for the wearable device.
Google has confirmed to Marketing Land that it will indeed support Glass by providing the Glass App Store, after it was reported over the weekend through a first-person Glass user essay in the New York Times. The Times' author, Clive Thompson, wrote: "The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public."
We don't know much more than this, but it's good to see that Google won't just be dumping Glass apps in the usual Google Play Store, but will instead open up an entire shop for Glass.
It looks like Oculus VR could have some competition in the VR space, with Sony rumored to unveil a virtual reality headset at the Tokyo Game Show later this month that would work with the PlayStation 4.
CVG and Eurogamer are both reporting the news, and according to reports Sony had plans to reveal the headset at GamesCom, but decided to hold off at the last minute. The reports also state that the Japanese electronics giant is torn between offering its VR headset as an optical add-on, or as a key part of the PS4 that will set it apart from its main competitor: the Xbox One.
CVG and Eurogamer's sources have said that at least one developer, Evolution Studios, is working on providing support for the VR headset with its DriveClub game. DriveClub is Sony's latest first-party racing sim, and a PS4 launch title. Evolution Studios is reportedly incorporating support for the VR headset that would simulate the vehicle's cockpit.
Sony isn't letting it's competitors have all the glory in pre-IFA announcements, with the Japanese giant announcing its latest refreshed head-mounted display, the HMZ-T3.
Sony's HMZ-T3 is its third iteration of the wearable device, with some very nice improvements to be had. The company has improved the clarity of the dual OLED displays through both lens and software adjustments, but the same 1280x720 resolution stays the same unfortunately. There's a bigger viewing sweet spot and multiple new specialized screen options for both gaming and movie watching.
One of the better features introduced with the HMZ-T3 is the ability to plug in an Android device through micro-HDMI/MHL. The HMZ-T3 has ports for both full-sized and micro-HDMI cables, which is an great new feature going into the future.
We're just days away from Samsung unleashing its Galaxy Gear smartwatch to the world at IFA, but Venture Beat has had a quick look at the upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch ahead of the ev ent.
One of VB's sources showed them a prototype of the Galaxy Gear, a prototype which was sent to developers and a few close partners of Samsung. Keep in mind that because this is a prototype, and Samsung of course has high levels of security around its smartwatch, that this won't be the final design of the Galaxy Gear, but it'll be awfully close.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is part smart device, part fashion accessory, part camera and a health monitor. It features Bluetooth that will connect with all of Samsung's Galaxy S family of devices, but we might see it capable of connecting with all Android-based devices too. The Galaxy Gear also features Wi-Fi, allowing it to connect to the Internet and check your e-mail.
An Ohio-based surgeon has used Google Glass to live stream a knee surgery to his colleagues, a great demonstration on how the wearable device would change the medical world as we know it.
Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was performing knee surgery on a 47-year-old patient's injured knee ligament using Glass. Kaeding wore Google Glass during his procedure in order to show his live point-of-view to people at a remote location. His colleagues and several medical students watched the surgery, live, and from Kaeding's point-of-view from different locations within Columbus, Ohio.
Kaeding said in a news release: "To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly." Glass' potential for the medical world goes far beyond the operating theater, as it can be used for remote observation and collaboration with colleagues anywhere in the world.
Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs back in 2011, who is working with the company on a new smartwatch. WIMM Labs released the WIMM One smartwatch a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android, so this could be the future for Google's smartwatch.
The WIMM One featured its own micro app store, that included apps such as a calculator, compass, photo gallery and an app that treated the smartwatch like a remote control for your Android device. Twelve months ago, WIMM Labs stopped sales of its WIMM One smartwatch, deleted its Twitter account and posted the following note on its website:|
During the summer of 2012, WIMM Labs entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit.
We of course know that this is because Google scooped the company up, now we just have to wait for the Mountain View-based giant to show its hand, pun intended.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Oculus Rift has been garnering much attention and widespread support from the media and general public alike. At PAX Prime, the Oculus VR booth was being mobbed by attendees, much like what happened at Game Developers Conference back in March and at E3 back in June.
As you can see, the booth is completely wrapped by attendees waiting to try out the new HD version of the Oculus Rift. Our very own Anthony Garreffa tried out the HD Rift at PAX AU and fell in love. He went home and ordered the dev kit. A little later, we'll have an article about the next piece of virtual reality technology.
Earlier this morning I covered a new leak that showed off the Android app that is said to control Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Now, additional details of leaked surrounding the device's hardware, and what kind of battery life users can expect to see. This morning GigaOm is reporting that the galaxy gear will have up to 10 hours of battery life.
Additionally the smartwatch is said to feature a 320 x 320 pixel, 2.5-inch OLED display alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Rumors are also circling that the Galaxy Gear will feature a 4-megapixel camera that is capable of shooting 720p video. Finally the Gear will run a version of Android 4.2 and as we saw earlier will pair with other Galaxy devices using near field communication (NFC). The gear will launch next week on September 4th at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany.
The rumors surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch have been numerous and frequent over the last couple weeks, and today, Samsung's vice president of mobile business, Lee Young-hee, sat down with the Korea Times to debunk one of those rumors.
Young-hee confirmed that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, on September 4 at Samsung's UnPacked event. "We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on September 4," she said. Unfortunately, she also confirmed that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would not feature a flexible LCD like earlier patent applications have shown.
"The Gear won't have a flexible display," she said, but added that Samsung has "intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices. Those are concepts for future products." She finished off the interview by saying that the Galaxy Gear will be a paired device, and "The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways," she said. "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications."
Someone has used Oculus VR's Rift headset in quite an amazing way, hoisting themselves on a device, slapping on Oculus Rift and then skydiving using the SkyDIEving Tech Demo, as you can see below.
It looks like some awesome fun, and you can see he actually moves his hands around his head as he's 'falling' through the 'rock.' The next time I see this, I want to see something similar, but with a $50 million budget and in the world of Superman. Give me a real-world, Oculus Rift-capable Man of Steel game and I'll pay anything you want.
My wallet is already hitting the screen and nothing, absolutely nothing is happening.
Omate has just popped up onto the tech industry radar with TrueSmart, which is a "truly standalone water-resistant smartwatch." Omate has taken to Kickstarter to fund the wearable device, which is capable of working independently from your smartphone, as it features 3G capabilities, as well as voice and gesture controls.
The biggest ticket is that the TrueSmart smartwatch is water-resistant, which is perfect for those who would be in the rain, or would wear the watch in the shower for example. It has more functions than most smartwatches, such as a watch, phone, camera, GPS, notifications, Android apps, LBS tracker, SOS device, monitoring and much more.
The Omate SmartWatch will cost around $179 by the looks of its Kickstarter page, and required a goal of $100,000 worth of funding. They've smashed through this with 1,123 backers at the time of writing, and $218,477 in funding so far with a huge 28 days to go.
In a little over two weeks from now, Samsung will unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at its Unpacked event being held at the IFA 2013 conference in Berlin, Germany. Today, thanks to website GigaOm, we now have an idea of what hardware the Galaxy Gear will feature.
The report states that Samsung has managed to cram a 2.5-inch flexible OLED screen, a dual-core processor, and an unknown amount of RAM into the small wrist package. The report says that "decent" battery life can be expected from a lithium-based battery and that a camera alongside speakers will be embedded into the device's wrist strap. Other sensors rumored to be on board include an accelerometer, a gyroscope, Bluetooth 4.0, and some form of gesture support.
The report went on to say that Samsung will offer incentives to developers to offer apps for the smart watch through its proprietary app store rather than posting them on Google Play. Over the last few weeks, I've done a lot of thinking about smart watches, and while I feel that there definitely cool, I honestly see them as a passing fad. By this time next year or the year after, I suspect we will look back and wonder why we all spent so much money on smart watches.
Swiss watchmaker Hyetis has unveiled a new smartwatch with a built-in camera that is said to rival Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone in imaging resolution. The Hyetis Crossbow is a titanium encased, sapphire crystal watch that features everything you would expect from a Swiss watchmaker, and so much more. The front crystal features a digitized touchscreen, while a 41-megapixel camera is placed at high noon.
The watch has the ability to connect to Android, iOS and even Windows Phone 8 devices and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. A built-in GPS allows for the device to track its location, ambient temperature, altitude and depth while biometric sensors collect data about the wearer. The company is releasing the Crossbow in limited quantities with a retail price of $1200.
Today, website VR-Zone is confirming the existence of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. A newly released report says that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Gear on September 4 at the 2013 IFA show in Germany.
VR-Zone says that the Galaxy Gear, model number SM-V700, will function as an accessory to Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets and will feature a flexible display. A recently filed patent says that the device will feature a power button, menu buttons, a USB port for data transfer and charging, and a capacitive back which will sense heart rate and other biometric data.
The patent went on to describe the Galaxy Gear as a "wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls , electronic mails, and messages." While no official confirmation has been released, VR-Zone is usually spot on with their predictions and as such, I to fully expect to see the Galaxy Gear unveiled at IFA 2013.
Google Glass users receive monthly updates to their wearable device, with the latest "XE8" update including new Google Now cards, new voice commands, and a better video player application.
The new voice actions on Glass include "post an update" and "take a note" which work well with applications like Path and Evernote, letting Glass users use these services much easier, and more on-the-go thanks to wearing the device, and using your voice to add notes. The new Google Now cards include Reservations and Events, Movies and Public Alerts, as well as more commonly-used Now cards like Weather, Sports and Traffic.
These cards will now be shown to the left of your timeline, and will become available as needed after the update has pushed to your Glass unit. There's a new Volume card in the settings, hashtag in captions and a new "send a birthday message" card available in the XE8 update.