It was announced during the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 that the Pebble smart watch would start shipping to its first customers later this month. On January 23, the multi-million dollar Kickstarter sensation will be delivered to its backers within six to eight weeks.
Prior to this, the device raised over $10 million in funding last year to become possible. About 85,000 people backed the project during its concept stage on Kickstarter.
As of the moment, only about 15,000 Pebble smart watches are manufactured per week. Thus, it will take time before all of its customers can receive the device.
A Look on Pebbles Smart Watch
The face of Pebble smart watch is a black-and-white LCD display, while the device itself can receive SMS, phone calls, and other notifications from a smartphone that is connected via Bluetooth. It sends messages, alerts and other notifications from an iPhone or Android device through the platform’s accompanying application. As stated on Pebble’s official website:
Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.
Sporting a 1.26-inch Pebble display, the smart watch’s screen has 144 x 168 pixel resolution. It also uses a magnetic charging cable that clips on the side of the device. This enables the Pebble to have a water resistance rating of 5 ATM, which is good enough for washing the dishes and swimming.
Pricing, Availability and Many More
It costs $149 and is available in black, grey, red, orange, and white. The smart watch is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or any iPod Touch that runs iOS 5 or iOS 6. It is also compatible with Android devices running version 2.3 and later. Customers who didn’t contribute on Kickstarter will receive their watches once the initial backers have received theirs.
Aside from the Pebble smart watch, the manufacturer also announced their own cloud tools that will allow users to create their own macros. These macros will dictate when notifications will be sent to the Pebble. For example, users could let their watch notify them of severe weather alerts or when a stock hits a particular price.