09
Jan
Pebble

The long, long wait is finally over, at least for those of you who backed the phenomenally successful Pebble Kickstarter campaign. After initially promising to ship orders in September, then getting swamped with almost 70,000 pledges and more than $10,000,000 in funding, Pebble Technology has committed to shipping its e-paper Bluetooth watch on January 23rd. The email was sent to backers to coincide with Pebble's CES press conference. There is no word on when Pebble's watches will be available for general purchase.

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The four months between the initial release date and the now confirmed shipping date have not been idly spent. In that time, features like a waterproof coating, magnetometer, vibration motor, a Macbook-style magnetic charger, and an ambient light sensor have been added. Backers who paid extra to get the "hacker special" have already received their units, as well as access to the Pebble SDK, and are hopefully churning away on apps. The makers of popular exercise app Runkeeper have already confirmed that their app will sync with the Bluetooth-enabled smart watch. Pebble is planning regular software updates, every three weeks or so, to keep it updated.

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There's an Android Police writer on the long list of Pebble backers, so we'll be getting our wrists on one by the end of the month. Here's hoping it turns out better than the poorly-received I'm Watch.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Oh man, I'll be buying the crap out of this.

  • Andrew Danielsen

    So glad I backed this, looks amazing and I'll finally be getting it on my wrist.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I can't wait till this arrives. My B-day is 1/28 so its like a birthday present to me ^_^

  • Bojan Gutic

    Can't wait to get ahold of mine!

  • ERIFNOMI

    I really hope I like mine. I like big watches but I'm afraid this one will be too big.

  • mgamerz

    What's so special about it? I've heard boatloads about it but never bothered to read it.

    • kenjab

      getpebble.com explains it pretty well.

  • Samvith V Rao

    Too much bezel.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      yes and no...looks great as a watch but when it comes to showing other info it is not so great

  • ericl5112

    Did they give any other shipping details? What percentage of backers will be in the first wave? How many of those will be black vs the other colors? When do they expect to clear out kickstarter orders?

    I'm about half way in line to get mine, so I doubt I'll get the first batch.

    • Mibias

      They've confirmed that they are shipping in the order people backed. They've just started mass production at 15000 units per week, so you can pretty much do the math yourself.

  • Dalton

    I'm excited and glad I backed this one. Time can not pass fast enough.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I feel compelled to join in on the complaining about how long it's taken to get these out, but it seems to be an overly-abused trend. It'll be nice to get my hands on it to start working on integration with my app.

  • brian m

    I'm excited but I'll wait until it become mainstream though.
    wait until there's community for this and customizing will be easier.

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