Pebble is coming out with a Smartwatch that connects via wireless Bluetooth to either iPhone or Android devices.
It can be used for getting messages, including from Twitter and Facebook, as well as for caller id, music controls, GPS, and more.
And you can download more apps from the watch app store.
Pebble uses a high resolution ePaper display technology, has a vibrating motor, microprocessor, accelerometer, and the battery can run for up to 7 days.
It has been crowdfunded through Kickstarter website and has since April sold, pre-order, approximately 85,000 watches at a $115 pop.
While I like the idea of being able to get information in more convenient form factors whether as a watch, glasses (like Google is working on) or other device configuration, I think the Pebble has a way to go in terms of it’s particular design.
Honestly. the Pebble looks cheap and chincy to me. The device looks too plasticy. The colors seem more geared towards kids.
Additionally, the screen looks way too small to be very useful except for the most basic alerts, but maybe this is all to make lighter and more mobile.
I plan to wait for something a little more substantial and with a larger screen.
A ruggedized version would be especially appealing including water, shock, and dust resistant and so on.
Perhaps the crowdfunding model has worked for this smartwatch for people looking to get the latest technology or even make a fast buck, but I think a little more crowdsourcing, in terms of customer requirements and feedback, would make an even better product for all.