Kickstarter record-funded Pebble smartwatch overwhelmed by demand, won't make it in September

Kickstarter record-funded Pebble smartwatch overwhelmed by demand, won't make it in September
The Pebble smartwatch is the very embodiment of crowd-funding success - it got $10 million in funding, exceeding its initial target of $100,000 more than 100 times. We guess that some of you have backed the exciting project, but bad news is that the Pebble watch won’t be meeting its September release date.

Initially, the company planned on making 1,000 watches and shipping them to backers, but now with 85,000 Pebble watches that have to be manufactured, backers will have to wait a bit more to get their device.

The guys behind Pebble say that the watches will be delayed but hope that scaling the production will not take too long.

If you want the good news, though, it’s that Pebble is getting another color. Backers voted for the orange version along with the standard black, white and red. Right now, the watch is in the Engineering Verification phase.

source: Pebble via TheVerge



1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Am I the only one finding this device not interesting ?

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Possibly, it looks pretty solid

3. adubz86

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

It seems like a good idea, but how can they realistically be marketing this as something you should use while running or biking? You still have to have you actual phone on you for the Bluetooth to be in range, so why not just use your phone. There are already (free) apps that do everything this does for iOS and Android. The seemingly great functionality is far outweighed by the impracticality of needing to keep your phone in your possession or within 30 feet. Not to mention is looks about a tacky as wearing Vibrums, but those are pretty popular right now.

4. adubz86

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

I have mounted my DroidX on my bike before and does everything this does PLUS play my music collection.

5. KingNote

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

No, actually I think this device will be a hit. We need the watch tech market to grow...

6. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So, this is like Motoactiv?

8. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

not really, the Motoactiv is marketed to athletes, runners, sports... and it is priced quite expensive. The pebble is a budget device for the regular smartphone user... so I guess is more like the sony smartwatch

7. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This is interesting because they are putting features that actually make them an useful companion to the smartphone. - Waterproof - E-paper display so it is ON all the time for about 1 week - Bluetooth! Drawbacks for me is limited display options aesthetically. And low resolution. I might buy one when they retail.

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