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Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch Passes $100K Goal in 1 Day

If you've always wanted to look like a Power Ranger, speaking to Alpha-5 on your watch when it beeps your own theme song, a new Kickstarter project may be able to realize part of your dream. The Omate TrueSmart team has surpassed its goal on Kickstarter to raise $100,000 within one day. You can still get the watch for $189 if you make the second early bird special on Kickstarter. First samples are expected to ship in November.

Touted as the first water-resistant smartwatch that can work independently of a smartphone, the Omate TrueSmart will be powered by a 1.3-GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor running Android 4.2.2 overlaid with an Omate user interface. It will come with a 1.54-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, speaker and microphone. Perhaps most intersting, a microSIM slot means you'll be able to use it as a phone. And in case you wanted to pack it with apps or store more files in your watch, the Omate's onboard 4GB memory can be expanded by up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Since launching on Aug 21, the project has already raised $165,563 with 28 days before the campaign ends. Early adopters will have to wait a few more months, but a special Developers Edition is available for $199 and will ship in October, a month ahead of the November date for the standard edition. Note: the watch probably won't be able to teleport you to Zordon's lair.

Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.