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

Update #17

Orange Wins! + Manufacturing Prototype Photos

Voter's Choice

Without further ado, I'd like to present the Voter's Choice color....Orange! It won with almost 2000 out of more than 10,000 qualified votes. 

I think it looks pretty snazzy! The exact color appearance may vary from this rendering as we work with our plastics supplier. And if you don't like orange, don't worry! As a color backer, you're entitled to pick any of the (now) 4 color options for each one of your Pebbles: Black, White, Red or Orange. We will send out a survey to request your selection later on in the project.

Manufacturing Update

The Pebble team has been bouncing back and forth between Palo Alto and Taipei a lot over the last 6 weeks. The factory that we selected has an R&D facility in Taipei while their main manufacturing and assembly locations are in China. Andrew, Steve and I have all travelled separately to Taipei to oversee the transition between the design and manufacturing stages of the project. In terms of our schedule, we're sticking pretty closely to an aggressive timetable we put together at the end of May (remember our first timetable was created before we launched on Kickstarter, when we were expecting to manufacture just 1,000 Pebbles). While we won't be able to start shipping Pebbles in September, our current schedule has us on track to go from manufacturing zero to 15,000 Pebbles per week as soon as possible.

Eric checking the power consumption of Pebble's backlight module

We're currently in a phase called Engineering Verification. During this phase, the factory produced samples of the entire product. We're currently evaluating each individual component (case, lens, circuit board, charge cable, etc) and we'll tweak the design as necessary. The design needs to be nearly perfect before we move into a phase called 'tooling' during which the factory creates hardened steel tools for injection molding Pebble's plastic components.

Prototype Lens

Remember our tiny printed circuit board (PCB) design from Update #15? Here it is in real life attached to our custom PCB test fixture.

Another key component in our design is a flexible printed circuit (FPC). See that empty space in the middle? That's where the battery fits in. 

Pebble Case samples getting their buttons installed

High resolution versions of each image will be available on our Pinterest page shortly.

Thanks!

Eric + Pebble Team

Comments

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      Creator Milo Wignall on October 29, 2012

      Although I'm anxious to receive my Pebble, I'd rather wait a few months than receive a 'hurried up' release. Take your time and make it right!

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      Creator Mark Round (deleted) on October 25, 2012

      I wished I had my Pebble. I thought they were supposed to ship weeks ago.

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      Creator Yujean Yee on October 25, 2012

      "Chaiwan."

      I'm commenting to win a t-shirt! My girlfriend & i can't wait to get our pebbles!

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      Creator RickSpeegle on October 24, 2012

      I think you guys are doing a tremendous job given the scope of the task before you. I'm really looking forward to having a Pebble on my wrist soon! A tee shirt would be nice too!

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      Creator Mark Wold on October 23, 2012

      Closing in on the end of October with no real dates yet. I've also backed the Metawatch project. I suspect that I'll fall in love with one of these 2 products. But the one that shows up in my mail box first is going to have a huge advantage.

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      Creator opasco on October 12, 2012

      Well, obviously, I'm mostly going to use my Pebble watch to check the time while showing off in front of my friends! I also thing a Pong game would be great. And then, to be complete, a Pong watch face...

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      Creator Jay Javeri on October 12, 2012

      What'll I do with my Pebble?

      Customize & change watchfaces.
      Keep my phone on silent (it's usually no vibrate anyway!) & look at the watch to see my messages / calls.
      Pray that you guys start selling color bands for the watch.
      The list goes on!

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      Creator Andrew Shulman (deleted) on October 11, 2012

      Plan on designing an app to remotely take pictures. Plus got a few cool designs in my pocket for clock faces... To look at while sky diving!

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      Creator Ed Margherita on October 11, 2012

      I plan on making it my new "everyday" accessory

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      Creator Valfran Almeida on October 11, 2012

      Looking the roadmap we can understand why it is taking a little longer to reach the shipping date. So many things we don't know that is very important in a project like this. I'm very proud to be a backer of this project! Congratulations for all the team!!

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      Creator Valfran Almeida on October 11, 2012

      I'm pretending to use Pebble as a replacement for Nike Fuel Band, monitoring everything about my health! Hope there is an app for that! (answer for the t-shirt :) )

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      Creator Gregory Lambert on September 6, 2012

      I need to select my color and everything else. HELP.

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      Creator Gregory Lambert on September 6, 2012

      My Pebble account will not let me log in. It states that my account is not activated yet. How do I do that.

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      Creator Dr Frederic Dankoff on September 5, 2012

      Dear All,

      Will we see actual pictures of completed Pebbles in all of the colours to help us decide prior to Sep 30th ? I would suggest a wrist shot, direct light/sunlight shot, and studio product shot. The grey and orange are rather hard to make out. Otherwise, would you have the exact Pantone code for the grey/red/orange, those of us who can access a pantone wheel can get a better appreciation of the actual colours ... as computer screens and their RBG/Hex codes are notorious for making fools out of product designers and clients.

      Thanks,

      -F-

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      Creator andsca99 on September 5, 2012

      News about shippimg?!?

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      Creator Jesse Armstrong on September 4, 2012

      Any idea when we will start to see these things ship?

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      Creator Subhadra Ghosh on September 3, 2012

      What's the est. delivery date for HACKER SPECIAL?

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      Creator Will Jaynes on September 1, 2012

      I just moved, are you accepting address changes? Thanks, can't wait!

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      Creator Ofer nissim on August 30, 2012

      Do yow now if it will ship in october???

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      Creator Andrew Sullivan on August 27, 2012

      Well, let's see...they set out to raise $100K and to produce the watches by September -- four months after the campaign ended. They made 100X 100K, so I guess that means that the watches will be done in 400 months, so...September of 2045?

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      Creator Wim on August 26, 2012

      Seems to me, some people are forgetting, that they are not on on ebay, but on kickstarter.

      Yes, failed promises do bother, but you funded a development and not bought something polished and finished. To get this you better wait till something is available at a store of your choice, you go there and get it. If you do not like it, leave it.

      Please do not get me wrong, I am really looking forward to have the cute watches delivered, better yesterday than tomorrow, but I think people forget what kickstarter is about.

      Maybe media does its part in having some paperware products promoted, as if they were available in two weeks. For me it is important, that people know what they do: they invest and they do not buy.

      Hopefully these wrong expectations and resulting disappointments are not working against kickstarter and alike platforms and we keep seeing innovations with passion.

      Looking forward. Thanks.

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      Creator Justin Barrow on August 14, 2012

      You have my full support; I'm looking forward to seeing the final product when it is ready.

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      Creator JT Greeno on August 14, 2012

      The delay does not bother me at all... In fact, I'd rather wait so the product issues can be resolved. Make mine a version 1.1 or 1.2 ;-D

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      Creator Richard Morris on August 14, 2012

      I invested to buy a cool watch, but if I can help in any way, let me know. We've learned a thing or two about developing new high tech products (www.soundmetrics.com). For those wary about the process, I can attest it is impossible to predict a precise ship date unless you want something unrealistic. This project has grown magnitudes beyond the original proposal and allows for development of a much better end product - if you allow the process to fully play out. I want my watch before it becomes passe, but I know that this specific kind of process will take time if the end result is a competent featured component.
      Rich

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      Creator Jeff Rottman on August 14, 2012

      It is starting to look like vapor -- significant design issues remaining (antenna -- "just trust us," interface still in prototype), with no clear information on shipping dates, potential financial concerns, or production progress.

      If you want to rectify this, real and objective information rather than boosterism will be required at this point. Faith is one thing, but there needs to be some substance. Otherwise, it is a live and learn experience in a new but problematic funding mechanism.

      I can afford to loose my investment. However, I hope that does not happen.

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      Creator RBG - Risk Business Grubstaker on August 14, 2012

      Ken, and Emile,

      Getting it right is also very much about customer orientation, not just the product. That's what venture capital backed firms got wrong. Many of them saw their focus on the financing, not on client satisfaction. They did that really well ;-) When lack of sales threatened liquidity, another pitch was made, another round of financing was secured and life went on.

      By all means, let the pebble team get on with their job, however, that includes maintaining trust and loyalty from the backers.

      @pebbles team:

      Hey guys, you lost one out of 68,929 by the name of Emile. Maybe it was a fidgety one, maybe with bad experience in the past and low expectations to start of with. Doesn't matter, 'cause it's gone! Don't fall into the trap of thinking you've got 68,928 to go.

      There's a community of established finance experts out there waiting to see you fail, to point the figure saying "'told you this whole crowd-funding was doomed", ready to laugh at your tears of despair. Don't blow it guys, there's more at stake than an admittedly cool watch.

      Keep the faith,
      Fraz

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      Creator Ken Anderson on August 14, 2012

      Emile,
      This is pretty typical of KickStarter projects. You didn't order a watch, you backed a project. Every project I've backed so far has been a little late, but that's what this is all about. Wouldn't you rather they got it right?
      Ken

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      Creator Emile Hons on August 14, 2012

      What I read is, yawn, "Too bad about our obvious timing issue", but no offer to the suckers to cancel their order. Since no suggestion of any kind is mentioned of a new delivery date, are we taking about...2013, perhaps 2014? Why no offer to refund monies or cancel orders? That would be my choice considering the iffy, no idea when or even if this product will eventually be shipped. I was excited to be part of this new idea and placed my trust in a company otherwise unknown...ain't got that trust any longer. If indeed I'm stuck then I'll just write it off as lost money and life goes on.

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      Creator Chris Lipper on August 14, 2012

      I haven't worn a watch in so long waiting for this, please hurry.

      Thanks,

      Chris

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      Creator David Daniel Wouters on August 14, 2012

      i want my pebble! please hurry

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      Creator Jody on August 14, 2012

      Did I miss the form to submit the color for the watch(es) we backed?

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      Creator Brinn Joyce on August 14, 2012

      Going by the "update every 3 weeks" there should be a new one in the next couple of days. Don't expect a deadline though, if they tried to guess one they'd just have to change it later anyway. I support their decision to keep us updated with the progress they have made instead.
      I'm also eagerly awaiting the update too and hoping to get my watch as soon as possible.

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      Creator Patricio Hernández Henríquez on August 13, 2012

      When it is going to go out?... The finished pebble?
      Is there a deadline?... Where to look?

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      Creator Jon Mulligan on August 13, 2012

      Is there any chance of another update coming soon? I'm just interested to see whats going on!

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on August 13, 2012

      Yes Nicholas, as Hamish has pointed out it is not yet 3 weeks since the last update.

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      Creator Frederick Butler on August 13, 2012

      Yes, an update would be nice....

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      Creator Hamish Johnstone on August 13, 2012

      How's is this update 7 weeks old? Last time I checked July 25th was 19 days ago- by my calculation they have until Wed...

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      Creator Nicholas Forsyth on August 13, 2012

      What happened to the commitment to post updates every 3 weeks, this one is already 7 weeks old and yet it is the latest update??? Are we supposed to check your twitter feed and if so do updates about the Mars Rover count as YOUR updates???

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      Creator Micah Madru on August 12, 2012

      Would be really great if we got updates every 2 weeks or so.

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      Creator Leonidas on August 12, 2012

      in case any developers are listening, I'd love the capability to set functions based on the accelerometer.
      specifically, the concept of snapping the fingers and then waving the hand, or tapping fingers on a desktop, I think, will result in unique readings, therefore giving the capability to use multi snaps, snaps followed by a wave, or tapping sequences to start macros or trigger events for programs like 'tasker'.
      if it's a 'learning' interface (make a motion, record it as a trigger) that's a great option too. ;-)
      thanks for listening.

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      Creator Frans Geeraert on August 12, 2012

      When can we choose the color?

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      Creator Shakthi Bhaskar on August 11, 2012

      Don't know if I missed it but where/when do I send in my color choice and finalize my shipping address?

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      Creator Richard Niolon on August 11, 2012

      This project is the first kickstarter project I've read about/funded. So, I'm like some of the other folks here who have been learning how this kickstarter things really works after joining it.

      I figured this is the same as any construction, where you get 2 of 3 things you want. Your options are fast and cheap but no quality... fast and high quality but not cheap.... or cheap and high quality but not fast. While I do want mine "as soon as possible" ... I don't want to compromise on quality or pay exorbitantly for it . So, I'm waiting.

      I would ask for some more frequent updates too, partly just to let us know how it is going, and partly because I've never seen a product go from zero to completed. The steps and processes required, the testing of each part, etc... is fascinating to watch (no pun intended).

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      Creator Mark Kent on August 10, 2012

      I was really quite naive; I thought they had the design done just needed money to fabricate. Doesn't seem to be the case.

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      Creator Julian Dow on August 10, 2012

      Take as long as you like, guys! I'd much prefer to receive version 1.0 than 0.7... ;-)
      BTW thanks for making it more waterproof than originally planned. That's important in the real world1

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      Creator Andrew Pirie on August 9, 2012

      Philipp - that's the ETA for pre-orders, not for backers... I'm sure you'll have your watch within five months...

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      Creator Philipp Geier on August 9, 2012

      "Your Pebble watch will ship in early 2013." Hope that's a joke!!! (http://getpebble.com/cart)
      Pls tell us the ETA for backers!

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      Creator Mark Transue on August 9, 2012

      EXCITE!!!!

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      Creator Marquis H. on August 9, 2012

      You didn't buy something. A lot of people get the idea that by giving money, you are buying something and entitled to speedy service, instant gratification. 'something' implies there is an actual object purchased. This watch doesn't actually exist yet. You bought an idea, and that money is going towards making that idea real. We are essentially throwing money at an imaginary object. It takes time for an idea to become an object.
      Y'all need patience, and to learn the terms of the deal before you throw money at something.
      If you need "something" akin to a watch right now, Macy's has a lot. I like g-shocks.

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      Creator Jon Hughes on August 9, 2012

      Seconded, I'd love to know what the current ETA is.

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