Everything you need to know about the Pebble smartwatch.
The Pebble Watch is the first widely known consumer smartwatch, in large part thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. The Pebble Watch was launched to the public through Kickstarter and went on to become the most funded project at the time (to the tune of $10 million+). The watch started shipping in January 2013, and as of July 2013, 95 thousand have been shipped.
The watch is waterproof, offers an open SDK for 3rd party apps, and is packed with Bluetooth, a 3 axis accelerometer and more. Those who missed the Kickstarter can order it for $150 at Getpebble.com or buy at Best Buy.
- Models: One, multiple colors
- Pricing: $150 for preorders
- Smartphone compatibility: Android, iOS
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Water resistant: Yes (5 ATM)
- Third party apps: Yes (open SDK)
- Camera: No
- Input: Buttons
- Connectivity:Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR,Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
- OS: Pebble OS
- Compatibility: iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 or any iPod Touch with iOS 5 or iOS 6. (iOS 5 and iPhone 3GS have restricted feature sets). Android devices running OS 2.3 and up.
- Display: 144 × 168 pixel e-paper display
- Size/Dimensions:50.33 mm (1.981 in) H, 32 mm (1.3 in) W, 8.44 mm (0.332 in) D
- Battery life: up to 7 days
- 4 buttons
- Vibrating motor
- 3-axis accelerometer
The Pebble Watch Story
The Pebble watch is perhaps the most well known of all the newest generation of smartwatches, in large part due to the company's hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012.
The founder of Pebble, Eric Migicovsky, started working on his first smartwatch in 2008 when he was a student in the Netherlands. He built his watch to help himself check phone alerts while he was riding his bike. He got such a positive reaction to the initial prototypes he continued working on it while he was a student at the University of Waterloo and eventually got funding for the product and concept.
Migicovsky founded a company called Inpulse and developed a watch to work with Blackberry phones, but eventually transitioned to working on a new product geared toward iPhone devices. This new device was the product that was put on Kickstarter under the name of Pebble, which ultimately raised over $10 million.
Fast forward to mid-2013, and the company has shipped 95 thousand Pebble watches. Beyond the initial Kickstarter campaign contributors, the company has had nearly 200 thousand preorders on its website and the company will now be selling the Pebble watch at Best Buy.