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Two affordable, heart rate-enabled smartwatches and a hackable, 3G wearable for phone-free running with GPS, music, and Amazon Alexa.
Two affordable, heart rate-enabled smartwatches and a hackable, 3G wearable for phone-free running with GPS, music, and Amazon Alexa.
Two affordable, heart rate-enabled smartwatches and a hackable, 3G wearable for phone-free running with GPS, music, and Amazon Alexa.
66,673 backers pledged $12,779,843 to help bring this project to life.

Off to a Running Start!

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We’re only four days in, and once again, your support has blown us away! You charged hard out of the gates to affirm your belief in our vision for the future of wearable technology. We couldn’t be more humbled and appreciative of your confidence in us. Making you proud to be a Pebbler is what we live for.

#6 Top Funded—thank you, Pebblers!
#6 Top Funded—thank you, Pebblers!

Pebble Core, Pebble 2, and Time 2 has now passed $8.5 million from more than 45k backers, making it the 6th most funded Kickstarter campaign in history. Think you’ve got what it takes to carry us into the Top 5?

The Fun Ain't Over Yet

Between now and when rewards start shipping this Fall, we’ll be sharing more stories and news as the project takes shape. What else could we possibly have in store? How—as a Pebble backer—can you share the love and bring more people into the family?

It’s encouraging to know there's a crowd of awesome people who have our back when it’s time to kick off something cool. A huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

FAQs Now Live

The response to Pebble Core, Pebble 2, and Time 2 so far has been nothing short of mind-boggling. Over 1,200 project comments; 5,000+ Tweets to @Pebble; 6,000+ Facebook Likes, Shares, and Replies—it’s been great to hear from both longtime fans and new backers supporting a Kickstarter project for the first time.

The team’s combing through it all, and while we can’t respond directly to every message, rest assured we’re listening, so keep it coming! We’re posting answers to the most popular questions on the main campaign page, in the FAQ section at the bottom. Check back there frequently—we’re adding new answers every day.

Pebble Kickstarter FAQs »

The Road to Rewards: Hardware Design

The team's working hard on multiple fronts to deliver the best wearable experience ever to Pebble Core, Pebble 2, and Time 2—it’s what you’ve come to expect from us. For this first pit stop in The Road to Rewards, let’s look into the hardware design process.

Building any hardware product is complex, but can be distilled into three core steps: Ideation, Prototyping/Testing, and Final Production.

Ideation

Early Pebble Core sketch
Early Pebble Core sketch

For Pebble Core, Pebble 2, and Time 2, all ideation work was completed before hitting the Go button on Kickstarter. The first impulse when planning for our next-gen wearables was to add, add, add.

"Add GPS!"

"Add sensors!"

"Add an audio jack!"

"Add a SIM card!”

"Add 20-inch spinning rims!"

Head Industrial Designer Mark Solomon + his "wearable gingerbread man."
Head Industrial Designer Mark Solomon + his "wearable gingerbread man."

After experimenting with how all these things could actually blend into a watch that still fits Pebble’s core pillars of size, battery life, water-resistance, 24/7 usability, and affordability, we realized that any product with the kitchen sink crammed in would look and feel pretty darn close to an actual kitchen sink on your body. We’ve all seen what happens to wearables that just add, add, add: hockey pucks and slabs pretending to be "wearable."

So we tried subtraction. What could we peel away that was superfluous? What do we keep to ensure products that are focused, truly useful, and make sense for the real estate they occupy?

Pebble 2 design models with the one that started it all.
Pebble 2 design models with the one that started it all.

Pebble 2 strips away weight and bulk from the original Pebble design the world fell in love with—while adding adding heart rate monitoring, a mic for voice features, and a tough Gorilla Glass lens.

Time 2 design mockups
Time 2 design mockups

Time 2 reduces Pebble Time Steel’s bezel size for more screen area while bringing heart rate monitoring to its premium, stainless steel unibody.

Pebble Core evolves from 3D prints to prototype.
Pebble Core evolves from 3D prints to prototype.

Pebble Core goes all in: stripping away the screen in exchange for a whole new way to run phone-free with GPS, cell-connectivity, WiFi, 4GB storage and music streaming with Spotify, podcasts, and other services to come. It's also an infinitely hackable Android computer—a building block for developers to invent new ways for Pebble Core to be more awesome over time. The ideas from our developer community already has us super-stoked:

 

 

 

Prototyping and Testing

Properly nailing the prototyping and testing stages is crucial. For a hardware project, executing this well is a make-or-break step. Software can be updated as many times as needed after launch to fix critical bugs and introduce improvements.

When you’re designing hardware, getting things just right before final production is key—you don’t get do-overs and mulligans with physical things. “Cut once, measure twice.”

Trays of early, pre-production Pebble 2 parts for testing.
Trays of early, pre-production Pebble 2 parts for testing.

On the road to rewards, Pebble Core, Pebble 2, and Time 2 are currently progressing through these prototyping and testing mile markers. We’re receiving tons of pre-production samples with varying parameters to test for water resistance, stress tolerances, fit and finish, and more.

It’s an iterative process. A lot of time and effort goes into making sure that the choices we make while prototyping and testing result in the best quality Pebbles when we hit final production this Fall.

Final Production

Once prototyping and testing is in the books, final production will begin, and Pebble rewards will start making their way home to you. Shortly before this step, we will contact you to finalize your color selections, delivery address, and shipping options. Look out for a deep dive on the production and delivery process in a future Road to Rewards update! 

Including you in our journey is a big reason we love sharing projects on Kickstarter. We get to bring you, our backers, into the launch process much sooner and take you behind the curtain to see just what makes Pebble tick.

Welcome home <3
Welcome home <3

We hope you enjoyed this peek into the hardware design process. For those of you celebrating Memorial Day, have a restful long weekend! Keep in touch about what you’d like to know about next and remember to keep spreading the good news about Pebble!

Until next time,

Eric + Team Pebble

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    1. Gini Westera on June 2, 2016

      Is it possible to add a stepcounter to the pebble core. The counter on my pebble time is not reliable because it measures wristmovements in stead of steps. I wear a Fitbit One but that doesn't communicate with pebble health.
      And indeed, when I'm Reading pebble health thinks I take a nap :-)

    2. Danny Dierickx on June 1, 2016

      @Zimmie
      Here in Europe there's the "French" smartphone brand Wiko, and they have smartphones where you have the option to either choose to use the phone in dual-SIM mode, or just use 1 SIM combined with a microSD card.
      For the silent alarm, i know how the "light/deep sleep detection" works, but i wasn't aware of the fact that the Pebble watches have a vibrate function. Apparently they do.

    3. Ken "Toren" Leyhe - IcePack Games on May 31, 2016

      Third time backing Pebble and I'm just as excited as I was the first time around. This makes Pebble Watches eight and nine for me with six through kickstarter and 3 at retail.
      Keep up the great work!

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      Zimmie
      Superbacker
      on May 31, 2016

      @lokiracer:
      Huh! I've had consistently bad luck with Samsung's phones in the past, so I don't really follow them. I was not aware that someone had made a combined slot. That's weird, because none of the standard SIM formats have the same size as a MicroSD card. MicroSD cards are 15.0x11.0x1.0mm. You've got MicroSIM (3FF) which is 15.0x12.0x0.76mm, and NanoSIM (4FF), which is 12.3x8.8x0.67mm. A slot that fits a MicroSIM would have side-to-side slop on a MicroSD card, while a slot that fits MicroSD would be significantly too large for a NanoSIM. I guess a thin leaf spring from one side could hold a MicroSD card well enough while still letting a MicroSIM seat properly.

    5. lokiracer on May 31, 2016

      @Zimmie While MicroSD and SIM use different pin/connectors, many phones have a single "slot" for both. The Note 3's slot comes to mind.

      I think it's really poor planning to release the Pebble Core without a MicroSD slot. If I had to guess, we'll see Pebble release the Core+ a few months after the Core releases in an effort to drive more sales.

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      Zimmie
      Superbacker
      on May 31, 2016

      @Danny Dierickx:
      1) This is certainly an interesting suggestion, though I don't think I've seen anything like that in a shipped device. MicroSD and SIM cards have their contacts arranged very differently. I also suspect it's too late in the game to make design changes.
      2) Wireless charging could be interesting for the plastic Pebble, but I haven't seen a system that would work with the steel version. They would have to switch to a plastic caseback, which would make it no longer appeal to me.
      3) They already have this. ;-) In fact, all of the Pebbles that do Pebble Health have a "smart alarm". You set the time by which you absolutely must be up, and you set a window before that time during which the watch monitors your sleep. When it thinks you are sleeping lightly, it vibrates to wake you up.

      The idea behind the smart alarm is that sleep works in cycles. You have light sleep, and you have deep sleep. An alarm pulling you out of deep sleep usually results in feeling sluggish, while pulling you out of a light sleep leaves you feeling much more alert. The duration of sleep (or more accurately, how much deep sleep you got and how many cycles you completed) determines how long the feeling of wakefulness lasts. This is, of course, a simplification.

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      Daniel Cerezo on May 31, 2016

      Hi I have a doubt. I have the Time Round. Im very happy with it and I have pledge for the time 2.
      I want to ask if the step counter / sleep tracking is going to be updated because now is a bit "shitty" (dont want to offend). I work as a designer and everytime I use the mouse... it count as steps!! Cmon!! and while im watching a movie... dont mind the hour of the day, my pebble says im sleeping because im not moving? Or i quit my pebble and put on the table... and now it says im sleeping... I think there must be an option to select your normal sleeping hours, just to track these hours... and not all the day to prevent mistakes...

      Another thing, I know that other pebbles wasnt sent on the date they were anounced on other Kickstarter projects... Will we receive our pebbles in November? Or maybe Santa will give then to us??? Thanks

      I want to add that pebbles are great:P Im a fan. I only want to contribute with ideas to improve em :P

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      Judd Whiting on May 31, 2016

      This is my FIRST Pebble pledge and Kickstarter campaign. I have read and watched Pebble for about the last year and a half and I think their on to something. I would like to think their making Apple nervous. It would make for an interesting debate of concepts. My pledge was for the Pebble Time 2 Early bird. I appreciate their open source of technology for those who want to further Pebbles concepts. I am excited to see what comes in November! Thanks Pebble.

    9. Danny Dierickx on May 30, 2016

      Stretch goals (suggestions)
      1) In the Core: replace the micro SIM slot with a dual usage slot, so the user can choose to use either a SIM card, or a microSD card. (more offline music)
      2) The Core has wireless charging: add this to the watches as well so the charging pad can be used for all devices.
      3) Add a "silent alarm" (vibrating) in the watches ?

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      Vesa on May 30, 2016

      Any specs available for Core? Which chips are there for cell and gnss? Is it GPS only or also Glonass, Beidou, Galileo...?

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      Michael Wallace Louwrens on May 28, 2016

      I still wonder why the core only has 4GB space. An option to pay extra for more storage would be appreciated.
      In lieu of that option. Would the hardware expansion port on the core be able to extend the storage space and make it available to the android OS?

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      Malcolm on May 28, 2016

      my current pebble time steel often tracks other activity, such as driving or eating as walking. will you be fixing this issue? will there be more fitnessapplications integrated into pebbles core os, similar to what android wear has been doing?

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      Lars Josephsen
      Superbacker
      on May 28, 2016

      +1 wireless charging for pebble time 2

    14. Beh Kok Seng
      Superbacker
      on May 28, 2016

      Yes, wireless charging for pebble time 2 pls.

    15. Sal B. on May 28, 2016

      I backed the Combo Pack (Time2 + Core) for $229.-
      It automatically added $30 for delivery to Switzerland.
      I manually added another $20 for the wireless charging pad.
      So now the backing-price is 229+30+20=279$
      Is this ok like this and will the charging pad automatically be delivered with the Core?

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      Jelle Scheyving on May 28, 2016

      Hi there Pebble. When I go swimming with my Pebble time 2, does it track the distance/laps?

      Thank you for this amazing product!

    17. Martin Sabrowski on May 28, 2016

      Are the heart rate monitors the same in the pebble 2 and time 2? Same precision and everything? And how precise are they? Can't wait for fall ;)

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      Nizawati Che Yusoff on May 28, 2016

      Wireless charging for pebble 2 please

    19. Dave van Toor on May 28, 2016

      I want those 20-inch spinning rims!

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      Asgaro on May 28, 2016

      The Core got me HYPED. Both as runner and as Engineering student :D

    21. ChrisC on May 28, 2016

      Great campaign and a great company which understands the nature of a Watch which seamlessly integrates into today's available technology. Backed Pebble since Day One. Will be nice gesture if Pebble & Co will be able to "reward" backers who backed them since Day One ;p just saying... Lol. Nevertheless, I'm a devout Pebble/KS backer :D have a great weekend guys and gals and I believe these 30+ days we will see a record breaking number.

    22. Michal Gonciarz on May 28, 2016

      I waiting for my Pebble time 2.
      Let the time run faster :)

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      Maxime Ross on May 27, 2016

      You guys are amazing! I just read the whole thing and got super excited. I had never expressed any desire to own a smart watch, even though the Apple Watch was so popular – and I'm a huge Apple products fan –, but your Pebble Classic really hit me hard. What a wonderful product!! I have now backed your Pebble 2 – my first Kickstarter pledge ever – and I couldn't be more proud!

      I too would like to wear a hoodie with your name on it so I can spread the good news! How about a special gift for contributors?? :)

      Keep up the good work guys, you are undoubtedly making the tech world a better place!

    24. dark5un on May 27, 2016

      I just can't wait! It's driving me crazy waiting for my Pebble time 2! Though not possible now, I'm buying a core (hackable) later too!

      I would love to see more pictures of the time 2. And where can I get some swag to promote you guys! Lots of people have asked me about my Pebble time & well I just say try the site cos you can't get it from Sri Lanka �. But most love the idea of what it can do & the battery life! And I'm going to love it more along with a working vibrant again!

    25. Dallas on May 27, 2016

      Great update, but "when rewards start shipping this Fall" means nothing to those outside the Americas and especially those in the Southern Hemisphere. You can do it,,,speak international!

      Cheers guys :))

    26. Sanket Sonavane on May 27, 2016

      Pebble Hoodie +1

    27. Glenn C. Hay-Roe on May 27, 2016

      Love this detailed update, you always seem to know what your user base needs to see. Very excited about the Pebble Time 2!

    28. David Simmons on May 27, 2016

      So we have 24" spinning rims to look forward to for the Pebble 3.

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      Yuriy Galanter on May 27, 2016

      Thank you for the update, it's really cool to peek inside development process.

    30. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on May 27, 2016

      This'll be my 4th Pebble, and I'm looking forward to it!

    31. Loren Decker on May 27, 2016

      This is my FIRST time backing a project, but NOT my first time getting a pebble. I started with the original pebble in 2013 and just about 1-2 months ago got a Time Steel. I LOVE it even more than my original (though I didn't think that was possible). I CANNOT wait for the steel2. And once the voice reply actually works on my iPhone it will be even more AWESOME! I would also love a shirt, hoodie or something that I can "advertise" better for my Pebble! I get questions ALL the time and love telling people about how AWESOME Pebble is! Keep up the good work!!!

    32. Cammeron Curtis Lee Widick on May 27, 2016

      I had the first pebble, a little later though and loved it. Backed the pebble time color and loved it but was disappointed that there was no activity tracking it. So then I went to the apple watch. Great device but overcrowded and hardly any screen options. I sold it. Now I'm back to being excited again about pebble. I can't wait to see my new time 2. Thank you guys.

    33. Philip Riley on May 27, 2016

      I'd love a pebble hoodie
      Worn by Head Industrial Designer Mark Solomon

    34. Gideon José on May 27, 2016

      WHOOHOO CAN'T WAIT