The 21st century watch is becoming a trend this year, with lots of exciting new technology like Bluetooth 4, we’re going to be seeing a lot of new technology put into watches. We’re one step further to the ultimate dream of a phone-like device on our wrists, and you should be very excited about it.
Enter Pebble. This tiny little watch sits on your wrist, and gets fed all sorts of data from your phone, which then pops up on the small, 144×168 e-ink display. Info such as email, Facebook messages, weather, all get pushed to your watch through phone. You can even shake your wrist to dismiss notifications. This is all thanks to the ifttt.com integration, and of course, Bluetooth. The best part is, it works with both Android and iPhone (sorry Blackberry and Windows Phone users). While both platforms will get the same main features, iPhone users are unfortunately stuck without the SMS features due to limits within iOS.
Pebble Technology are also working on an SDK to allow app developers to integrate their apps into the watch. The whole watch system will be based around apps. For example, cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. This opens up a world of opportunity for content creators and app developers alike, as all content such as as applications and watch face designs get syncing to their watch over Bluetooth.
It’s estimated that Pebble while be available and delivered sometime in September, but you can currently “pre-order” one on the Kickstarter page for $115.
Update: Pebble has raised over 1.5 million on Kickstarter, making it one of 5 projects that have got to 1 million. With this milestone, Pebble Technology announced that the Pebble will be completey waterproof:
We don’t know the exact waterproofness rating yet (ie 3ATM, 5ATM to be confirmed!)