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MacRumors
Jan 24, 2013, 08:47 AM
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The iPhone app needed to unlock much of the functionality of the Pebble e-paper smart watch (http://getpebble.com) is now available for download (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pebble-smartwatch/id592012721?mt=8) from the iTunes Store - just in time for the first deliveries (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/09/pebble-smart-watch-to-begin-shipping-january-23/) of the devices.

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Pebble had previously suggested that the iPhone app might not be available in time for early deliveries of the watch, which set new records for a Kickstarter project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android) in raising over $10 million in funding.

Pebble provides a range of ways to interact with the iPhone in your pocket via Bluetooth link, including caller ID, SMS and iMessage alerts, calendar reminders, email, Facebook and Twitter messages.

Article Link: Pebble App Launches Just in Time for First Smart Watch Deliveries (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/24/pebble-app-launches-just-in-time-for-first-smart-watch-deliveries/)



sbrhwkp3
Jan 24, 2013, 08:54 AM
Can't wait for mine to ship. Been a long time coming, but I'm glad they didn't rush it and made sure it's a high quality product. Plus, the addition of an accelerometer is a bonus.

sulpfiction
Jan 24, 2013, 09:12 AM
I really want one of these. Don't really need a smaller device to keep me from looking at my small device. But I want one anyway.

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 09:19 AM
It's really weird you have to "plug-in" to charge.

They should have made them solar powered or induction charged. It's a hassle to keep a charging cable by the bed every night.

Otherwise neat idea. I'll probably wait for v2.0.

heghead
Jan 24, 2013, 09:25 AM
It's really weird you have to "plug-in" to charge.

They should have made them solar powered or induction charged. It's a hassle to keep a charging cable by the bed every night.

Otherwise neat idea. I'll probably wait for v2.0.

It's even more difficult to keep the sun by the bed every night :D

jamesryanbell
Jan 24, 2013, 09:52 AM
Really cool. I want to get a black one sometime later this year.

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 09:59 AM
It's even more difficult to keep the sun by the bed every night :D

My citizen eco-drive watches have pretty much a perpetual battery. A couple minutes of direct sunlight or 5 - 10 minutes under a lamp is all that it needs to keep it charged.

Yes, Pebble uses Bluetooth which uses more power, but Citizen has a bluetooth watch (Citizen Proximity) watch which is solar powered. Even the new GPS watches from Seiko and Citizen are solar powered.

Solar powered watches are very practical and have become the core power technology for most Citizen and Seiko watches these days...

aziatiklover
Jan 24, 2013, 10:03 AM
About time! Tyis is why i never back this thing up i had that feeling!

NightCastle
Jan 24, 2013, 10:15 AM
About time! Tyis is why i never back this thing up i had that feeling!

Oh you. You and your double entendre. :rolleyes:

Sayer
Jan 24, 2013, 11:52 AM
It's really weird you have to "plug-in" to charge.

They should have made them solar powered or induction charged. It's a hassle to keep a charging cable by the bed every night.

Otherwise neat idea. I'll probably wait for v2.0.

Induction charging also uses a cable, and a dock/pad thing. So how is that better?

Maybe someone can start a kickstarter to make a combo Pebble/iPhone dock stand thing that can rotue cables to charge both?

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 12:03 PM
Induction charging also uses a cable, and a dock/pad thing. So how is that better?

I don't need to fumble with the cable when charging... With induction, you can just plunk the watch onto the pad and off to bed you go!

But ideally it will be solar so no charging required like my Eco-Drive watches.

sixteen12
Jan 24, 2013, 12:14 PM
My citizen eco-drive watches have pretty much a perpetual battery. A couple minutes of direct sunlight or 5 - 10 minutes under a lamp is all that it needs to keep it charged.

Yes, Pebble uses Bluetooth which uses more power, but Citizen has a bluetooth watch (Citizen Proximity) watch which is solar powered. Even the new GPS watches from Seiko and Citizen are solar powered.

Solar powered watches are very practical and have become the core power technology for most Citizen and Seiko watches these days...

Pebble 2.0? My guess is they'd rather get the core features down first and then they will work on having it be solar powered, etc.

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 01:02 PM
Pebble 2.0? My guess is they'd rather get the core features down first and then they will work on having it be solar powered, etc.

Yeah that's OK with me - these types of watches will only get more common with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Power Mode.

motoracer1486
Jan 24, 2013, 02:11 PM
Waiting patiently for my pre order to arrive :)

MacFly123
Jan 24, 2013, 02:54 PM
Their thumbnail images in the App Store are PIXELATED!!! That looks VERY unprofessional! :eek:

needfx
Jan 24, 2013, 03:32 PM
-hi, do you have the time please?

- yeah sure, one moment, which button was it, "beep/beep", oops, great timing, ok, it's twelve fif...Where did she go?

SlCKB0Y
Jan 24, 2013, 03:49 PM
They should have made them solar powered or induction charged. It's a hassle to keep a charging cable by the bed every night.


Absolutely no way to get enough energy to charge by solar alone for Pebble. The charging process is no more hassle than your phone, also, unlike your phone Pebble should last 7 days on a approximately a 2 hour charge.

marc7654
Jan 24, 2013, 03:51 PM
http://www.chumby.com
Except it's only displays in black and white.

SlCKB0Y
Jan 24, 2013, 03:54 PM
Solar powered watches are very practical and have become the core power technology for most Citizen and Seiko watches these days...

*sigh* and the features on those kinds of watches use much less power - think orders of magnitude less.

The Citizen you mention is also almost four times the cost of Pebble and the meagre smart features which is does have, are reportedly very broken.
http://www.tuaw.com/2012/12/26/review-citizen-eco-drive-proximity-watch-for-iphone-4s-and-ipho/

mrsir2009
Jan 24, 2013, 04:07 PM
It's even more difficult to keep the sun by the bed every night :D

But if it was solar charged it'd charge during the day :cool:

Four oF NINE
Jan 24, 2013, 07:30 PM
It sounds kind of cool, but why does it look like a brick?

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 08:05 PM
Absolutely no way to get enough energy to charge by solar alone for Pebble. The charging process is no more hassle than your phone, also, unlike your phone Pebble should last 7 days on a approximately a 2 hour charge.

Still, I think people will find it a hassle to charge their watch. We have enough devices to keep powered.

SlCKB0Y
Jan 24, 2013, 08:20 PM
Still, I think people will find it a hassle to charge their watch.

Well based on how popular Pebble has been there are lots of people who disagree.

Also, people found it a hassle to charge their smart phones once a day after having week long batteries previously.... people adapt.

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 08:27 PM
Well based on how popular Pebble has been there are lots of people who disagree.

We'll see how long people actually continue to use their Pebbles after the initial novelty wears off.

b0r1s
Jan 25, 2013, 04:28 AM
How can people on the App Store be giving the app 5 star reviews when all it does is open and give you a link to help and tech support?!

Idiots!

vebs
Jan 25, 2013, 06:29 AM
It sounds kind of cool, but why does it look like a brick?

I have to agree. I'd be interested in one of these if it didn't look like something out of the 80's. Needs to be slim and sleeker.

725032
Jan 25, 2013, 06:33 AM
How can people on the App Store be giving the app 5 star reviews when all it does is open and give you a link to help and tech support?!

Idiots!

I think the question is who these people actually are... Or who they work for/associated with.

b0r1s
Jan 25, 2013, 07:20 AM
I think the question is who these people actually are... Or who they work for/associated with.

Exactly what I thought ;)

Dagless
Jan 25, 2013, 04:17 PM
Downloaded and ready to go! Shame we can't preload apps. I can't imagine there will be many apps yet but I'd love to see what's available.

Can't wait for mine. Winter's the best time for it, can keep my phone buried in a pocket and between siri and a Pebble watch I can do everything I need in this snowy weather.