The Pebble Smartwatch Is Finally Set To Ship on 23rd January
The Pebble smartwatch is the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date. It set out to raise $100,000 and instead, it got over $10.2 million from over 68,000 backers. The Pebble smartwatch also raised additional money through its website where people contributed to receive the Pebble smartwatch when the first wave of the product went live.
The Pebble smartwatch has an e-ink display, much like those found on e-readers like the Nook and Kindle. On a single charge, it lasts over 7 days. The 1.26 (144×168 resolution) inch screen is capable of displaying time as well as running apps, hence the smartwatch tag. The Pebble smartwatch was set to ship in December but the project suffered from developmental delays and at CES, the makers announced that the Pebble smartwatch will finally ship to its first backers on 23rd January.
For the rest of us, the Pebble smartwatch is expected to become available in 6-8 weeks. While talking to reporters at CES, project founder Eric Migicovsky said that the smartwatch will be produced at the rate of 15,000 units per week. The Pebble smartwatch costs $150 and comes in five colors Arctic White, Jet Black, Cherry Red, Orange and Grey.
One of the best things about the Pebble smartwatch is the customization potential it has. It connects with your smartphone through Bluetooth. In addition to many watch-faces that can be downloaded, the makers of Pebble have built a range of apps for the smartwatch. A simple example includes cyclists or runners using the watch to access the GPS of your smartphone to show speed and distance. The makers of the Pebble smartwatch assure that a lot of apps are in development.
Not only that, it also has the ability to display notifications. Notifications include Caller ID, Email, Calendar Alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter, Weather and Vibrating Alarms and Alerts. The Pebble smartwatch has also paired with IFTT (if this then that) which is a popular way to get the web to work for you. Notifications can be cleared with a simple shake of the wrist. Third party developers can also make apps for the Pebble through the SDK available at the Pebble Dev Blog.
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