A new Indiegogo crowdfunding project popped up on September 9, calling itself, Oru Watch. It is the first iOS and Android smartwatch with a dual display – both E-paper and TFT – with a built-in Power Bank to charge your mobile phone with 2 – 6 hours of usage. The watch/powerbank idea is strange enough, but the interesting thing is that the developers, Dinesh Krishna and Jagan Dharmalingam, only are asking for $25,000 to fund this wild idea.
To make matters even more interesting is that the $25,000 is only their initial goal. If they get $50,000 two new colors will be added, $100,000 will get a free gift box, $300,000 will add infrared TV remote functions, at $500,000 they will offer free worldwide shipping, $1 million will get a custom OS, and finally at $1.5 million they will offer Windows and BlackBerry support!
The Oru Watch seems to do it all – one full-color, high-resolution TFT touch screen display as well as a Low-energy, always on E-paper display. You change the watch display by lifting up on the watch face, rotating it, and then lowering it back down. Of course, we mentioned the built-in powerbank that will charge any cell phone to give you 2-6 hours of extra talk time. The Oru Watch would also be 5ATM water resistant, allowing you to wear it while swimming. It has a vibrating alert with caller ID – when you receive a call, just shake your hand to reject the call. You have the ability to compose SMS messages or emails, and it includes Skype calling. You will also receive various notifications – SMS and email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, whatsapp, QQ and more. The Oru Watch can give off alarms, reminders, calendar events, and even weather and flight alerts. It has a built-in music player and Bluetooth to listen to your favorite sounds. It can even track your heart rate while you are sleeping with its built-in health monitor. Unbelievably, it also includes a golf range tracker, a cycle speedometer, and an activity monitor for any sport. And never lose your smartphone with Oru's anti-theft features integrated in the watch.
They claim that it will have a stainless steel body with a smooth silicone rubber strap – "The watch acts as an elegant piece of jewelry more than a smart watch." Some of the specs include: Gorilla Glass, 1.54-inch TFT touchscreen with 240 x 240 pixels, E-paper 144 x 168 pixel non-touch display, 4GB of internal storage, 800MHz single-core processor with 512MB, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 LE, NFC and a 300mAh battery. The color choices are Red, White, Black, Green, Pink and a special edition Gold.
So there you have it – the best smartwatch in the world will be developed for $25,000! Someone must believe in it, just in the short time it took me to write this article, somebody else donated $150. This is the strangest fundraiser I have ever seen…asking all the way up to $1.5 million for mundane improvements. Hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you will be contributing to this cause…as always, we would love to hear from you.