Pebble Smart Watch to Begin Shipping January 23

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Popular Kickstarter smart watch project Pebble, which broke records by raising over $10 million in its funding push, has announced at CES today that the device will begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23. With over 85,000 orders placed, it will take approximately 6-8 weeks to fulfill the Kickstarter orders, after which the watch will be available for general sale.

    Image from Engadget
    Pebble is just one of a growing number of smart watches, and Apple has even been rumored to be working on its own project. But Pebble's relatively large e-paper display and an API for app developers have generated considerable buzz for the project.

    Pebble supports both iOS and Android devices via low-power Bluetooth 4.0, with iOS devices requiring a minimum of iOS 5 for basic compatibility and iOS 6 for the full set of features. When paired with an iOS 6 device, Pebble can display many of the alerts that typically pop up in Notification Center. Pebble is also working on building out a cloud infrastructure that would allow users to sign in to a web site or web app with their Pebble accounts and receive notifications from the site pushed to their watches.

    Article Link: Pebble Smart Watch to Begin Shipping January 23
  2. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    that's not too bad in comparison to the other behemoths
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2012
    I'm finally coming around to the idea of a watch again, finding that I can't have my phone laying around with young kids.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA
    I've been looking forward to this announcement. I wasn't a backer, but I'm on board now. This looks awesome.

    So if I ordered today, I expect I wouldn't get until April? Ughhhhh.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    Judging from the pic, it will probably ship on 23rd September.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    It is looking pretty nice. I like some of the minimalist watch faces and the music controls will be great.

    I am hoping that they are able to get some good app support, runkeeper will be great as I always keep my phone on me during my runs.

    Would be really nice if there was some kind pedometer app that integrates with a service like Fitbit.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    that's very perceptive
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
    In this case the nine twenty three is the time. There are a few different ways to display time. I think I actually like that one.

  9. macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2009
    Fruitland, Idaho
    No style. May be a nice to have, but so ha, plain.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    STiNG Operation

    Aug 15, 2012
    The Zoo
    That and the display doesn't seem very nice either.
  11. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    Yes. It's not retina. It's e-ink.

    I think it's a great project - and certainly seems to be better than previously released similar-type watches.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    I like the e-ink display because it is always on. Any of the other watches that are based on an LCD display, although higher resolution, are always off. You have to push a button to turn the screen on every time, because otherwise the battery wouldn't last more than a few minutes.
  13. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    New York, NY
    but I mean... must we be THAT connected to our technology??? :confused:
  14. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    I like the idea of this watch, but I'll wait until at least version 2.0 before I pull the trigger.

    The next iteration will get some of the 1.0 bugs ironed out and might offer some different band choices. I'd like to see this technology in a watch with a round face and stainless steel band.
  15. macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2012
    North Carolina
    I am a backer on the Kickstarter campaign...very excited to get this in my hands and try it out.

    I am hoping that some developer comes out with a fitbit/fuelband like application for this watch. It seems to me that this functionality would best fit into a sports watch...and I think Pebble would be a great platform.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    This is one of the main reasons I'm looking forward to getting mine- I LOVE my Nano watch, but hate having to tap the button to turn the display on to see the time.

    I'm also really hoping this is one of the launch apps that is available for it- that and a sleep-cycle tracker/alarm. If done well it could destroy the other fitness trackers just for how much else you can do with the Pebble.

    I'm glad we finally have a ship date for them- but I'm also worried about how long it will be until mine actually ships out. Definitely curious as to what priority order they'll use for shipping them. Order in which the backers signed up? Single-unit order first? Preference to multiple-unit orders? I'm unfortunately figuring I won't get mine until well into March. Maybe I'll get lucky and it will come in around my birthday. :p
  17. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Hand in your nerd/geek card.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Ahhh finally. Eagerly awaiting my Pebble in black, it has been a long long wait since the Kickstarter closed.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    lolz-worthy comment commentary!!
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    I like the idea, but I don't think I want to take off my existing time piece. Very tough for the geek in me.

    I'll wait for the next gen and more integration/acceptance before I consider again.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2012
    You just destroyed my idea of "price after tax"...
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2010
    Real watches don't use batteries

    Not only am I puzzled by the concept of a cheesy electronic watch, what's the point of having a remote screen for my phone –– a phone that's rarely more than an arm's length away??

    Real watches are usually Swiss and are always mechanical. Unless one is training for a marathon, to be caught with something else is an embarrassment.

  23. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Technically and legally, the screen is e-paper, not e-ink. Similar, but different. The screen in the Pebble is manufactured by Sharp and doesn't use e-Ink's technology and isn't licensed by e-Ink.

    Looking forward to getting mine. Once they were Xmas gifts, now birthday, Mother's Day and graduation gifts. Funny how the timing of it all worked out in the end. That is, of course, unless Apple announces a watch this Spring. Then I'm doomed again.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
    I missed the kickstarter but I pre ordered as soon as I saw the potential.

    It's an amazingly cheap and cool way to be connected and personalise the whole 'watch' experience.

    There are other more premium smart watches but they are stupid prices.

    I am quite happy to give them $119 to see how much I enjoy having it. Shame I've got to wait another 2 or 3 months though by the looks of it!
  25. macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Wondering the same myself. Hoping I get included on some of the earlier shipments so I get it before I move.


    This conversation again? Do we really need to re-hash this everytime another post is made about a smart watch?

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