Omate TrueSmart Watch (
Omate TrueSmart Watch (

The Omate Truesmart smartwatch with a built-in camera has raised more than £63,000 through crowd-funding on the Kickstarter website and is ready to go into production.

Nick Yap, Omate co-founders, said its Shenzhen factory in China was ready to roll.

"We already have working prototypes, but not the final design," said Yap. Samples will arrive by September and will be available for customers in October for £190.

Features of the watch

  • A first-of-its-kind five megapixel camera.
  • 3G-enabled for making calls and sending social messages.
  • Android 4.2.2 OS, water-resistant body
  • 1.5in touchscreen
  • GPS support
  • Gesture controls and 4GB of onboard memory expandable to 32GB.

Certain new features, including swipe and flick functions, are also to be incorporated into the device. "There will be a swipe-based touch function and another when you move, like Nintendo's Wii games control. For example you will be able to flick your wrist to show the clock," added Yap.

Competitor Pebble, another smartwatch maker, raised a massive £6.5m through a fundraiser website in 2012.

Samsung is working on its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which is expected to be released in the upcoming IFA consumer tech show in early September. The firm has not disclosed a launch date.

Crossbow, a device similar to Omate's Truesmart watch, was announced by Hyetis earlier in August. The device is expected to feature a 41-megapixel camera. Crossbow will be reportedly available for iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices at a price tag of £770 ($1200).