Pebble is Kickstarting another smartwatch and this one looks even better.
In March, Pebble broke a crowdfunding record when it raised over $20 million USD from 78,467 backers for its newest conception, Pebble Time. In fact, the concept broke a record in its crowdfunding’s first hour when they raised $1 million USD. This is not the first time Pebble has used the Kickstarter crowd funding and each time they have delivered a product that was incredibly close to what was promised.
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What is Pebble Time expected to have that Pebble Watch doesn’t?
The biggest difference you will see is on the face of the Pebble Time. No more black and white display, Pebble Time will be in colour. It will also have a microphone to allow for voice replies to notifications on the smartwatch. This feature will work best when the Pebble Time is paired with an Android or Apple Phone. However, there have been a few reported limitations to using an Apple device with a Pebble Watch, such as connectivity issues.
The Pebble Time is 20% thinner than its recent ancestors, making it look more like a watch. Screens will be categorized into time events so that you can jump forward to view an impending appointment, or back to read earlier text messages. The battery is promised to last up to seven days, but that will be dependent on the extent of use.
Backers who made the earliest contributions to the Kickstarter campaign can expect to start receiving the Pebble Time by May. There is also a Pebble Time Steel, designed just like the Pebble Steel, that will start shipping in July.
The Kickstarter update from April 4th mentions that the company has received shipments of their pre-production units and that testing is almost complete. Once done, mass production will be started, followed by shipping.
In the meantime the newly launched Pebble appstore has been busy adding more to its lineup to help you customise your smartwatch. They have partnered with the following companies in order to bring more useful apps to your Pebble products:
- The Weather Channel
For now we have to wait for the Pebble Time to be launched in order to see how it stacks up in comparison to what has been promised. This should not be too far off, as in the past Pebble has done a good job of fulfilling its Kickstarter promises.
The smartwatch will come in red, white, black, or the fancier steel version. Prices for Australia have yet to be announced, but expect to pay around $380 AUS if you did not contribute to the Kickstarter event. If you are thinking about Pebble to meet your wearable tech needs, it may be worth it to wait for the Pebble Time.