First Pebble smartwatches will go out to backers on January 23rd
The Pebble smartwatch is one of Kickstarter’s biggest success stories getting the backing of 85,000 consumers and jumping over its initial target of 1,000 watches multiple times.
Overwhelmed by such a demand, makers of the Pebble had to push the release date of their device numerous times from the initial September 2012 plan. Good news is the first batch of devices is finally ready to ship to backers on January 23rd. 15,000 watches will be sent out to those who backed the project on Kickstarters, with the remaining 70,000 coming later.
The Pebble is an e-ink watch that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and is also waterproof and open for programmers to build upon it. The device also responds to ambient light and has a magnetometer.
“We’ve future-proofed it,” Pebble Head of Operations Rahul Bhagat said. “We’ll be able to create a good ecosystem for apps on the Pebble,” that could include sports and healthcare apps. IfThisThenThat integration is coming soon, allowing Pebblers to get personalized notifications about music and the weather.
Pebble comes in a choice of red, orange, black or white.