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Pebble smartwatch to ship on January 23rd

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Jan 2013 22:05 User comments (2)

Pebble smartwatch to ship on January 23rd Pebble, the smartwatch that is Kickstarter's highest funded project of all-time, now has an official ship date.
Reads the email I received this morning:

Dear Pebblers,

Without any further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived we're thrilled to announce that we'll begin shipping Pebble on January 23rd. We've been working very hard for the past year to deliver something that we're truly proud of...and we know that we would not have been able to do it without the support of our Backers. So thank you!

We just wrapped up our live video demo of Pebble. You can review the video here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2432013/CES2013/videos/8991209. Please excuse the discolouring in the video; we will get that fixed up and reposted as soon as possible.

In addition to previously mentioned features, your Pebble will include the following sensors that we'll enable with future updates:

Magnetometer - we've added this in so you'll have compass-like functionality

Ambient light sensors - your Pebble watch will be able to understand how much light is available in its current environment

Also, as many of you have speculated, we can confirm that Pebble uses a magnetic charging cable. This was done to help achieve a 5ATM water resistance rating, perfect for running in the rain, skiing, swimming and washing dishes! And one last fun and useful tool the accelerometer we've built into the watch allows you simply to tap or flick your wrist to turn on the backlight.

We're planning to continue our aggressive update cycle and ship new software updates every 2-3 weeks. Notably missing from our launch release is support for Runkeeper. We're working closely with RK and estimate that it should be enabled by the beginning of March. Sorry about that!

Thanks again, Pebblers!
Eric + Team


The watch uses Bluetooth to connect to iOS and Android apps and gets up to 7 days per charge.



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2 user comments

110.1.2013 3:36

Why would I want to charge my watch every 7 days?


ZX Spectrum 128K

211.1.2013 15:48

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Why would I want to charge my watch every 7 days?
You've obviously only ever owned digital watches; never had to wind a watch up each day!

Nor can you own a smartphone that needs charging every day or 2, compared to a "mobile phone" that can last well over a week on a single charge.

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