If you’re looking for a smartwatch that can take a beating, be drowned and still look awesome, you may want to take a look at the Omate Rise. The Rise is the world’s first waterproof, standalone smartwatch and boasts some impressive features. The Rise doesn’t run Android Wear. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with a custom skin atop, and can connect to not only Android devices but also iOS devices.
The rise features a 1.3″, 360 x 360, sapphire coated display, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth LE, GPS, WiFi and a 580mAH battery. The case is made out of poly-carbonate and it has a carbon fiber bezel, along with stainless steel screws that will look great while standing up to being banged around. There’s no word on what exactly the band is made out of, but from the pictures it appears to be a rubber material and not leather. The strap is 22mm and is user replaceable. The default strap comes with a stainless steel buckle.
The really interesting part of the Omate Rise is the fact that it’s running Android 5.1 Lollipop instead of Android Wear. This gives the Omate a couple of advantages over other smartwatches. Omate owners will be able to launch and operate internet dependent apps completely independent of a phone. With the 3G connectivity, you won’t have to stay paired to your phone to make calls, set up reminders or check your social media pages. Omate promises to release the source code of the Omate to it’s XDA Developer’s Page.
You can check out the Omate Rise on it’s Indiegogo campaign page right now. The first 2 rewards are already all claimed, but if you decide to back it you can still get it for as low as $299, which is a $50 savings over its launch price.
The Omate Rise expects to launch in June of 2016 and early bird orders should ship in March.