Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 21, 2015
A UK registered company based in Bristol called OXY Technologies, has launched a campaign on Indiegogo for a smartwatch that will be able to connect with Android, iOS and Windows 10 smartphones. The makers are working with the open source community to accelerate development, and improve the product.
The watch is powered by an Ingenic M200 1.2 Ghz dual core chipset, has 1GB of RAM and an 8GB Flash Drive. It will run a customised version of Android called "Elf OS" that will enable the watch to run apps compatible with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 and Android Wear.
I had a long chat with the company's founder, Raffaele Garofalo via Skype. He is clearly driven, passionate, and has the ability to make the OXY smartwatch a reality, providing he is able to raise the necessary funding. I therefore really hope his Indiegogo campaign is a success. So far, with 27 days to go, the campaign is well short of the $250,000 funding goal, so please head over to Indiegogo and help him reach it!
Personally I would really like to see this product go into production for several reasons. Firstly, I think it looks fantastic, secondly it has some of the best specs available for the price, and lastly I think it is important that independent producers like OXY succeed. It takes a lot of courage to take on the big boys, which is why I think it is important that they are given all the support they deserve.
You can either make a financial contribution (pledges start at $10), or you can support the campaign by pre-ordering an OXY smartwatch; prices start at $239 (subject to availability). The estimated shipping date is July 2016.
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