19
Apr
Pebble

Kickstarter is getting to be the only way to launch an audacious project. It seems like very time you turn around, a new Kickstarter drive has set a record and raised millions of dollars. It was just last month that Double Fine Adventure reached $3.3 million to make a game. Now the Pebble e-ink watch has become the top project on Kickstarter with more than $5 million in donations.

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The Pebble is a smart-looking watch with an e-ink face that does the mundane stuff like tell the time, and tell you what day it is. When paired with a compatible mobile device, it becomes a completely different, and more interesting fashion accessory. The Pebble will pair over Bluetooth to control music, get notifications, caller ID, and it will even pull the full text of messages. The list of stock functions is very cool, but the Pebble will also be extensible with apps. There is a Pebble SDK, and the company plans to deploy an app store of sorts.

It's not too late to risk your hard-earned cash on this device, if you're so inclined. Despite smashing the original goal of $100,000, the folks at Pebble Technology have 29 more days to solicit donations. $115 gets you one of the first batch of Pebble watches, which will reportedly sell for over $150.

For a history of Kickstarter record-breakers, check out this blog post - it's quite fascinating to watch the site's popularity skyrocket over the years.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    FYI, the last embed in the post is a video - it's totally not obvious, and Kickstarter's embeds are notoriously hard to tell apart from pictures.

    • PacoBell

      The player controls show up visibly in mobile.

  • Stiggy

    I don't get the point of these. Besides having to pull your phone out of your pocket, what's the point? Look at a tiny crappy screen instead of a big beautiful one? You still need a phone to get its full functionality so why not just use your phone. Just like Google glass, if it doesn't replace my phone in a more convenient matter why bother? My tablet replaced my laptop, my phone replaced my camera and mp3 player, what does this replace? I think maybe I need to view it as a watch on steroids instead of a phone accessory. Makes more sense that way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DionJ Dion Jones

      Lots of people seem to be reacting this way, but I've been waiting for something like this for awhile.  Caller ID on my wrist would be nice, because I don't have to pull my phone out if it's a number I don't recognize.  Likewise, i can answer the call at work if it's a family member or something where it could be important.  I can read txt msgs while at work real quickly and based on the content, I can respond immediately or wait 'til I've got a few minutes to spare.  Switching through your music is useful if you're at the gym and trying to mess with your phone is difficult and risky (easy to drop on the treadmill).

      I see lots of potential uses for this, but like most new technology, the majority will find it useless until they get a chance to see this on a friend's wrist and realize the value.

      • Unhappybirthday

        What if everyone who would ever
        buy one is contributing to Kickstarter?

        • http://www.facebook.com/DionJ Dion Jones

          Then only 76 445  will be made (at this point).  But that's a LOT of pebbles paid for before they're even made.  So it sounds like there's a need for this.

    • saimin

      If you don't get it, then it's probably not for you. A lot of people are waiting for important notifications, but can't or won't pull their phone out all the time to see what just came in. Think about runners or people standing on the bus or sitting in meetings.

      Hopefully now that this company has plenty of money, then can build a product that really works (unlike Sony).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Think of it as a companion to your phone, not a replacement for anything.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com Aj Meadows

      I'm a full time student and I feel like a dick pulling out my phone in class when I get an email or text just to see if it's important. If I can have my wrist discretely display this information for me then why not? I think it's a great idea. Planning on buying one. Also, what about when you're driving? Much safer to steal a glance at your wrist to see who is texting, emailing, or calling you than pulling out your phone, unlocking it and pulling down the notification bar.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    It's not just a watch, it's a extensible device that have nearly no limits thanks to the SDK. I'm pretty sure people will start making APPS for this.

  • Palmer Nyako

    The price is hella steep, maybe if it was $49.99 and marketed extremely well it would be something that could be sold past the tech niche.
    :/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      All the people voting with their wallets seem to disagree, and I think the price is quite fair for one.

      • Palmer Nyako

        $150 O_O

        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com Aj Meadows

          Did you check out the Kickstarter? It's $115 for a black one, and $125 for any other color. Just over 100 bucks for a device as cool/potentially useful as this? C'mon. It's not that expensive man.

  • Chris Bozsik

    Just decided to back em $115 to get a black one. I've been wanting a smartwatch for a while but despite my unrequited live for Sony products, theirs look quite bad.

  • Dalton

    I backed them. I like the overall functionality of the bluetooth pairing along with the cycle computer and golf options.  Wife and I both hopped on the bandwagon. Can't wait for mine to come.

  • Zacheryburchell

    I like the idea and I really want one but...thats simply to much for it. $115 now or $150 later? I can go buy so much more with that money. $60-$70 is all Im ever going to spend on it, especially considering how little Ill use it. It will be nice for when I go run though, being able to simply click on my wrist to change the song.

  • Ricflo10

    great idea! planning on getting one! if people can afford to buy g-shocks and expensive 800 dollar purses, this is pocket change. i get tired of pulling out my phone everytime i get a text. at the gym id like to change songs from my wrist. while driving i dont want to risk pulling out my phone for an unimportant call or text , so just glance at my watch. great idea that will only get better.

  • http://markus.birth-online.de/ Markus Birth

    What about the SonyEricsson MBW-150 (or MBW-200 for females)? They are available for around €50 here in Germany and they always show the time, can notify of about anything you like, they vibrate and the battery lasts about a week (plus one week time only) before you have to recharge.

    Using OpenWatch for Android and Tasker, the possibilities are endless - even without programming anything.

  • xToddrick

    I find this to be an interesting product with lots of potential but the material choices are crap. Especially for what they are charging. Hasn't anyone learned anything from Apple's design ethic? If this watch was made like the iPod Nano with a metal band option I would definitely consider it. In its current incarnation I wouldn't want it on my wrist. Unfortunate.

  • JAMman

    I ordered a Pebble when I first heard about it several months ago. It will by a convenient companion to my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 when this "phablet" is released in a few weeks. I'm also betting developers will come up with a gazillion apps for the Pebble.

  • WittoStevie

    Holy Sh&^. It's up to 10 million now. I'll wager someone will find a way to make this the next (net?) computer. "The SurfWatch"

  • spydie

    scheduled production for Sept of 2012? It's now May of 2013 and you still can't buy one. I think they just made a cool $10,000,000

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