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 by July 2013, 95 thousand had been shipped.

The Pebble Steel was announced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. It has the same OS as Pebble but is described as a higher end Pebble. It looks much more professional than the original though only available in two colors and (thanks to the $249 price tag) you should probably buy the original unless you care a lot about how your watch looks.

The watches are waterproof (up to 5 ATM), offer an open SDK for 3rd party apps, and are packed with Bluetooth, a 3 axis accelerometer and more. Those who missed the Kickstarter can order a Pebble or a Pebble Steel at Getpebble.com or can buy it at Best Buy.  


The Basics: 

  • Models: Two, Pebble and Pebble Steel (multiple colors)
  • Pricing: $150 for Pebble, $249 for Pebble Steel.
  • Smartphone compatibility: Android, iOS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Water resistant: Yes (5 ATM)
  • Third party apps: Yes (open SDK)
  • Camera: No
  • Input: Buttons

 

Specifications

  • 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 with even better figures projected for 2014. Beyond the initial Kickstarter campaign contributors, the company has had nearly 200 thousand preorders on its website and the company is now be selling the Pebble watch at Best Buy.


Company Interview

This converation with Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky took place in summer 2013. For the permalink to this conversation, please click here.  


Pebble User Interviews

The direct link to this conversation with Eric Peterson, Pebble watch user, can be found here.  

The direct link to this conversation with Davie Marshall, Pebble watch user, can be found here.


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