A ‘smart watch’ that connects to an iPhone or Android to display information that appears on your phone seems somewhat of a no-brainer, but until now few convincing efforts have appeared. Now, a team has developed the “Pebble” project to do just that, and they have clearly untapped a latent need for such a watch amongst smartphone users. After asking for $ 100,000 on Kickstarter to create a few thousand devices they’ve raised well over $ 3 million over a month before their stated goal. Indeed, Pebble raised $ 1m in its first 28 hours.
The Pebble is a slim, water resistant, scratch resistant, watch with an e-paper display. This display means it has a 7 day battery life (charged via USB) and is also easily visible in daylight just like a Kindle display. LCD displays would eat up way more power, so the epaper aspect to this is very much part of this very clever take on a smart watch.
Connecting via Bluetooth to the phone, the Pebble interfaces with the phone via a iOS or Android app. Alerts can be customised for emails, notifications or messages and the Pebble people claim the watch will run apps to cover cycling, golfing or running, and use its accelerometer to monitor your activity, just like the Nike Fitband.
Alerta, the company behind the Pebble, also makes the inPulse smart watch which is a full color LCD screen watch, so it has experience in this arena.
You can back the project in a variety of ways, but you can get an actual watch (basic black) starting with a $ 115 pledge.
Could the white Pebble become the must-have device? We’ll see, but it’s on its way.
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