Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 18, 2012.

Update #11

SFO -> HKG

Hi Pebblers,

Quick checkin from our boarding gate. Andrew (lead engineer), Steve (industrial designer) and I (Eric) are about to head off on a trip to China. We're flying to Hong Kong, then crossing over into the Dongguan area. We'll be checking in with the factories that are helping us bring Pebble to life.

Pebble is sold out!

After we posted on Tuesday, it took about 26 hours for the remaining Pebbles to sell out. You guys move fast! For those who didn't get one, you can still sign up here to find out when more Pebbles will be available.

Pebble + Twine

We partnered with Twine, one of the most awesome Kickstarter projects ever. Check it out at http://supermechanical.com/twine/

More soon!


Eric + Team

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      Creator Donald Hansen Jr. on July 5, 2012

      @Pebblers: You know you want it. You have to have it... Because, you #ENVY it! Get it on your wrist! #VoteForENVY! #ColorMyPebble http://pinterest.com/pin/108930884707585144/

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      Creator Nicholas on May 22, 2012

      I suppose the Pebble team originally intended to manufacture in US or somewhere near for the target goal of $100,000. With $10mil and manufacturing in China, the team probaby saved lots more money. Pls consider passing some "savings'' for the Kickstarter supporters of your project, by one way or another. Engravings, etc to make it exclusive to kickstarters...

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      Creator John Searles on May 17, 2012

      AAAAHHHH i forgot to get twine!

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      Creator Ryan Ramkissoon on May 17, 2012

      the above URL to Twine doesnt work.

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      Creator believers on May 17, 2012

      Should we buy TWINE now ?

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      Creator Rudolf Momjian Pettersen on May 16, 2012

      Over 10 million dollars! Someone shoot me! With a pebble ;)

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      Creator believers on May 15, 2012

      1 BLACK EMPTY !!!!

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      Creator Rob on May 15, 2012

      +2 for distinction!!

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      Creator Lum Tjer-Harn on May 15, 2012

      +1 for distinct feature for kickstarter backers :-)

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      Creator James Brooks on May 15, 2012

      I'd love a way of denoting that we're backers, except for having the Pebble already of course.

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      Creator nick.denolf on May 15, 2012

      About the following comment: While you are there, how about figuring out a way of making a Backer's Pebble distinct and unique? Some engraving etc which sets this batch apart from the batches that follow?

      +1, would love some kind of distinct feature for all the kickstarter backers!

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      Creator David Samuel Wieland on May 14, 2012

      Dang - here was my chance to highfive you guys, but I'm stuck in office and such. Have a sweet trip dudes.

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      Creator E. Houde on May 14, 2012

      @Brock - Why do I need to prove what's common knowledge? China pegs the yuan to the US Dollar which keeps their costs down compared to other countries. This isn't just a US-China problem, it's also a EU-China problem and any other country that allows its currency to hold its own value - http://money.cnn.com/2010/11/10/news/economy/what_is_currency_manipulation/index.htm

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      Creator Umashankar on May 14, 2012

      Want to bring this thought back to the top. Would request the pebble team to react

      While you are there, how about figuring out a way of making a Backer's Pebble distinct and unique? Some engraving etc which sets this batch apart from the batches that follow?

      Also, pease ignore the negativity on this thread. Your target is to make the product a reality.

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      Creator Vinh on May 14, 2012

      @Jeff the initially came in expecting to gross $100,000. But they net $10mil, no "local" manufacture at that quantity can produce it that fast in time. If we're lucky it might arrived early. Furthermore, not being a big fan of Apple, but they have manufacturing in China that basically mass produce iPhone 2 days before the release on dime drop because Steve Jobs decided he didn't like the plastic backing on the 4S. Think about how many they had to replace and redo.

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      Creator Jeff (HandyGeek) Handy on May 14, 2012

      I'm disappointed to see another great kickstarter project get shipped to China for manufacturing. Last time I saw that, I backed out of my backing. I won't do that this time, but it sure would be nice to see some companies in the US get the chance to make this product.

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      Creator Erik de Vos on May 14, 2012

      Good job!

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      Creator Brian Holme on May 14, 2012

      lol at the bar of soap looks like there is nothing in that one

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      Creator Johnny T. on May 14, 2012

      The US causes it's own downfall. Long live the International community and people willing to work for yuans on the dollar. No unions, no pension and fewer regulations = Cheaper costing product. I just hope the build quality is good and maintainable through out.

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      Creator Aaron L'Heureux on May 14, 2012

      Seriously, the build it in the US thing is so overblown on Kickstarter. If you're not happy, cancel your pledge now before the time runs out so someone who actually wants one can get one. People have bought them from all over the world, don't bo so US-centric.

      //from the US.

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      Creator Patrick Nefkens on May 14, 2012

      @believers
      The Twine is a funded Kickstarter project, but you can pre-oder at http://supermechanical.com/twine/

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      Creator Markus Letschka on May 14, 2012

      Guys, have a nice trip... and bring home some good news, will you?

      Cya

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on May 14, 2012

      @Kenrik you're absolutely right. This watch should be built by the countrymen of the people who designed it, which is why I'm starting a campaign to move the manufacturing to Canada!

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      Creator Henrik K. on May 14, 2012

      Hmmm....

      In my opinion, these othervise inventive Pebble guys, simply ignore their responsibility, by going to China and send even more money out of an already poor economy.

      No wonder the world our parents built, is going down so fast !

      But I guess its hard to find capable production sites in our part of the world, that could do this, but then again, now we know why - right...

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      Creator Brock Hughes Bender on May 14, 2012

      @E. Houde I'd love for you to prove that!

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      Creator believers on May 14, 2012

      Can we buy TWINE now ? or later ?

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      Creator E. Houde on May 14, 2012

      Out of curiosity, I was wondering if you looked at other countries (i.e. Singapore or Vietnam or Korea) for manufacturing rather than China. China artificially keeps their currency low which gives them an unfair trade advantage compared to the US and other countries.

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      Creator bobojk on May 14, 2012

      Welcome to China, I am a backer from China, and I am near to Dongguan, glad you are choosing China for Pebble manufacture, I am eager to get the amazing product earlier.

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      Creator Mack on May 13, 2012

      The interesting thing is that they're still averaging $4000 and ~300 new backers each day, even after the watches sold out.

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      Creator Michael B on May 13, 2012

      It is interesting to see a graph that illustrates the trend of backers for Pebble.

      http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android/

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      Creator David Daniel Wouters on May 13, 2012

      CHINA RULES!

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      Creator Rand Chua TL on May 13, 2012

      I know one thing for sure, China is a Dream/Giant Factory that is able to give us what we need at a lower cost and shorter time for 20 plus years. Ever since it change itself.

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      Creator Rick Tan on May 13, 2012

      Dudes... I will be happy to be your translator. Should I fly there to meet you guys? :-)

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      Creator Mattsiphonerepairs.co.uk on May 13, 2012

      I must say after reading some of the negative comments from other backers that I am truly disappointed in their tunnel vision, you backed this operation so you would receive (probably the coolest breakthrough this decade) one of the first pebbles, which you still will... If I were part of the genius team behind pebble I would reject the offers of pledges from the negative people and offer their watches to the people who truly believe in this product, I for sure would quite happily double or treble my pledge to help pebble push the non believers out... End of rant!!! P.s. have a memorable and safe journey guys, can't wait to get my new watch... Thanks again!!!

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      Creator Dino on May 13, 2012

      Welcome to China!

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      Creator Frank Bastiaens on May 13, 2012

      I agree with David Hardwick, as soon as the watch is in, it is on my wrist, and I will be smiling the whole day.
      I don't care where it is build, the developers will ensure quality, that's why they visit China.

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      Creator Kai on May 13, 2012

      What's up with all those negative comments about manufacturing in China?!
      Apple is also a U.S-based company and if you haven't seen on the back on every damn phone they make, it clearly states that they are made in China! The same goes for macs.
      If you really want the company to manufacture the product in US then be prepared to pay the double for one pebble..
      Think before you post.

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      Creator King Leung on May 13, 2012

      Have a safe trip guys! And welcome to Hong Kong!

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      Creator David Hardwick on May 13, 2012

      To all the people who are upset that they are off to china.

      Think about it. Your iPhone is made in China. Your TV is probably made in China. Your Monitor, Your most of your components inside your pc, China. Heck even your cars, even tho there 'made in USA' will have components from China.

      If pebble get the components from china and ship them over to USA they can stamp a 'USA product' on it and you all will be happy.

      If anybody can find a company that can produce 85,000+ good quality e-paper displays that have a proven record of reliability, or even BT 4.0 chips, or any electrical component at that matter, in a 3-4 month deadline in USA, at a lower cost. Then I will eat my own shoes.

      If you dont like China that much. Then don't use your pebble when you get it, I know for a fact I will be using mine instantly and will love it wherever its made.

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      Creator Chris Hunter on May 13, 2012

      Cracks me up. You guys are worried about it being built in the USA however your syncing it with a Phones built in China.

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      Creator Heiko (deleted) on May 13, 2012

      To all the US Pebblers which posted that they want to produce Pebbles in the USA:
      - we are all part of a great project, to help a startup company into live
      - "we", that means Pebblers from all over the worldwide community, not only US
      - to back a project does not mean to be shareholder of a company. If this project will not meet your expectations just cancel your pledge but I feel very confident that Eric and his team know what they are doing.
      - most of the worldwide consumer electronics will be produced in Asia, for reasonable costs which meets regular quality standards.

      Where is the problem?

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      Creator Umashankar on May 13, 2012

      While you are there, how about figuring out a way of making a Backer's Pebble distinct and unique? Some engraving etc which sets this batch apart from the batches that follow?

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      Creator Adam Petrovic on May 12, 2012

      I'm glad it's being made in China. It means there's actually a chance the watch will arrive in the next year :)

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      Creator clapdady on May 12, 2012

      I'm kinda glad to see just as many comments supporting the Pebble team as there are against their choices. I love this product and would like to see it made in the USA but that's not always feasible. Heck, look at how many "American" cars like Chevy and Ford have parts made overseas. Buying a Toyota is better if you want local parts. Other commenters were also correct about the iPhones and other Apple devices. All made in China, no one talks about quality concerns with those devices.

      Good luck at the factory guys, keep up the great work and keep partnering with other services that will make Pebble even better.

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      Creator Charles Mak on May 12, 2012

      Welcome to Hong Kong, enjoy the trip and bring some good news to pebbles! :)

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      Creator Tim Yadron on May 12, 2012

      why is neither one of them wearing a watch in the photo?? Shouldn't they both be rockin' pebbles

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      Creator EastPhilly on May 12, 2012

      You should check out trying to partner with Tod as well. I think their blue tooth item would be a great addition to use with your item.

      I also do not care where it is made. As long as it works and works correctly. Do I think more manufacturing jobs should be available in the US? yes. I believe everyone should be getting the chance to work for fair wages, but in that I believe those people working in China also have that right. Get over it.

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      Creator Voir Dire on May 12, 2012

      Awesome. I'm in HK. Lemme roll out the red carpet and get the marching band ready. :)

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      Creator Jose Cardona on May 12, 2012

      Changing the subject, I love the twine integration but I just can't bring myself to pay 100+ for one...

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