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Pebble Releases First Batch of Smart Watches

Pebble Smart Watch | Pebble Official Website

Pebble Smart Watch | Pebble Official Website

Last Wednesday, it was announced that the Pebble smart watch has finally started shipping. Announced during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the multi-million dollar Kickstarter sensation will be delivered to its backers within six to eight weeks. Prior to this, Pebble was able to raise over $10 million from almost 70,000 Kickstarter backers. As posted 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.

However, the Silicon Valley-based startup was only able to ship less than 500 units yesterday, and it was sent to the initial investors of the project. That’s because the overseas factory manufacturing that watches is producing 800 to 1000 units a day. Still, they aim to produce 2400 units a day in the future.

The Pebble team also explained that the watches are being produced in color batches. With black being the most popular color, the manufacturer’s first production runs will be for that color. Aside from black, the Pebble Smart Watch also comes in orange, white, and red.

How Pebble Smart Watch Works

The Pebble Smart Watch is designed to work with Android and iOS smartphones. Compared to a traditional watch, it has a customizable face that is similar to a desktop’s wallpaper.

It runs Internet-connected apps and links to smartphones through Bluetooth. With a silent vibration, the Pebble Smart Watch can notify the user of its latest smartphone activity. This includes incoming calls, email, messages, calendar alerts, tweets, Facebook messages, and weather alerts.

However, its iOS app is still waiting for Apple’s approval before it can appear in the App Store. But iPhone users can still receive notifications on their smart watch, as well as control their handset’s playlist through it. What they won’t be able to do, though, is download new watch faces or update the operating system.

On the other hand, the Android app for the watch, which comes with e-paper display, is now available at the Google Play store for $150.

Pebble also has plans to develop an app that will allow cyclists and runners to view their speed, distance, and pace data dynamically. They are also working on a feature that will enable golfers to calculate distance to a green.

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