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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 sandra evans on July 24, 2012

      Right now I am more impressed by your loyalty and respect for the people who buy the watches than I am the product. May I have a diagram of your business operating system? I have just read Drive by Daniel Pink and you sound like the type of organization that operates under a more forward thinking plan than the traditional reward - punishment system. I am very interested.

      Thank you for your valuable time ... Sandi Evans

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      Creator Hannes Lundholm on July 24, 2012

      I ordered the black pebble when that was the snazziest version around. Now that orange is an option I'd LOVE to be able to change my ordered black to the orange one. Is it possible to make this happen? (I'll gladly pay the difference)

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      Creator chris on July 24, 2012

      Great insight into the manufacturing and verification process gents! Its also good to hear you're not making empty promises about shipping dates. I'm really looking forward to getting my ORANGE Pebble!

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      Creator George McCongo on July 24, 2012

      Still, they said September - we paid for September. They didn't have multiples of the original estimate to produce, but they also didn't have multiples of income out of it - which they do now.

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      Creator De la Sad on July 24, 2012

      Remember peeps: September was never a promise, it was an *estimate.* Also, that estimate "was created before we launched on Kickstarter, when we were expecting to manufacture just 1,000 Pebbles." The first batch is now 85,000.

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      Creator Siobhan on July 24, 2012

      I second @Randa Adams - please, please give us something other than dayglo orange - a pleasant brown, gray, blue - yeah, anything but this. What were people thinking?

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      Creator Alex Dixon on July 24, 2012

      I'm happy with Orange, that's what I voted for (will look better with a white strap though, less Halloween!) as for the shipping date change... I'm not ecstatic about it but I also expected it. I'm with everyone else and hope for shipping before December? But we'll have to wait and see.

      Also, any news on receiving this on countries with import taxes? Are they going to be shipped as "gifts" to avoid the taxes? (Because someone like me who bought a 10 pack would have to pay an extra $200 import tax if this problem isn't sorted!)

      Thanks for the update though.

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      Creator Matt Combes on July 24, 2012

      Do you want to know why Orange won? Because it was the ONLY ORANGE THERE WAS TO PICK FROM. Unlike many of the other colors that had two or more shades. I bet if you tabulated the votes for both of the grays, or both of the blues, you might find that one of them won out over orange, but because there were multiple shades of those colors to choose from, it split the vote. Likewise, had there been multiple shades of orange to pick from, I doubt you would have seen one of them come out as the winner. It wasn't exactly a fair contest.

      So I guess I'll end up having to go with black instead ... ::sigh:: ... I'll just have to try to find a worthwhile strap to accommodate it that gives a good two-tone color that actually goes with most clothing ... unlike orange. Seriously ... orange ... ::smh::

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      Creator Simon Roberts on July 24, 2012

      @David
      Read my other posts directed at Lars, these are not a start up, they have retail products on the market. The planning by these guys is asking to fail. I ask myself how the hell did they even bring the inPulse onto the market with this kind of business plan.

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      Creator Randa Adams on July 24, 2012

      Orange... Gross. Since so much more people pledged than anticipated, is there anyway we could get a 5th color option?? Anything.. Blues, grays, something more versatile than orange.

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      Creator Geoffrey Miller on July 24, 2012

      Seriously. Why are all the wankers that are whining about where it's made, how long it's taking (considering the scaling) coming from? Did they buy into this just so they can be tools? You bought into a company. If you can't do your due diligence, then it's your own fault for involving yourself in a company that doesn't make treehugger shoes in your size.

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      Creator Georg Lutz on July 24, 2012

      Hope to have my watch by christmas… :-I

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      Creator Logan Blackwell on July 24, 2012

      The people have spoken. New ship date!

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      Creator Richard Alexander on July 24, 2012

      At least I'm number 117!

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      Creator David Daniel Wouters on July 24, 2012

      Come on people, be realistic here, their original goal was for about say a thousand [1000] fully functional prototypes before going to (brick-and-mortar) retail, right? If it stayed at a backing of 100'000 USD and about a 1000pcs, than yeah they would be able to reach a September shipping time frame... But look back at what the top, mid-right of this page says: "68,929 Backers | $10,266,845 pledged of $100,000 goal " That's a whopping 1026% of what they originally hoped for, let me spell it out again: sixty-eight-thousand, nine-hundred-and-twenty-nine backers at ten-million, two-hundred-and-sixty-six-thousand, eight-hundred-and-forty-five million US dollars! which means they have to produce upwards of 50.000+ individual Pebbles to sufficiently supply all of the Kickstarter backers such as ourselfs. You gotta give them time to produce this BRAND-SPANKING-NEW product! And let's be honest, they weren't expecting this big a success, so let's give them a break okay?

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      Creator Stefan L on July 24, 2012

      disappointing but not very surprising.
      To sum it up:
      Shipping date is completely unclear! :-(

      Hope we get at least a good device. When every this will be...

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      Creator Ken Kribs on July 24, 2012

      why aren't you using an American factory or American manufacturers?

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      Creator Simon Roberts on July 24, 2012

      @Lars
      Please list my illusions and my demands, ill start for you

      1. eerrrrrrmmmmm

      Yes this is a project, started by a company that already has a retail product in the same market..

      Think about it for a second.... penny still hasn't dropped?

      If it hasn't then it must be fun being you.

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      Creator Colm Lynch on July 24, 2012

      The orange will look pretty sweet with a white strap. Looking forward to getting mine sometime after October. Keep up the hard work guys!

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      Creator JR on July 24, 2012

      You guys really should have started with the delay news. Almost didn't catch it the first time and I think it's most important for all backers now...

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      Creator roberto orihuela on July 24, 2012

      If not September, when?

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      Creator Russell Zweers on July 24, 2012

      No wonder Orange got selected then xD
      Now it's a choice between Orange and White for me now...

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      Creator David Daniel Wouters on July 24, 2012

      HAHAHAH!!! INDEED! ORANGE IS THE WAY TO GO! Thank you to all Dutch People (me included) for voting for this FABULOUS color! Indeed ORANJE BOVEN (orange above) :)

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      Creator Keith Digby on July 24, 2012

      Rather white than orange

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      Creator Lars Dahl on July 24, 2012

      @Simon Not on any high stool but you seem to think that you backed a project by Walmart! This is a project, not manufacturing P&P experts. I have no illusions, you seem to have lots of them if you back a project at kickstarter and demand things like alot of people do here....

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      Creator Callum Strong on July 24, 2012

      Disappointed about the delivery date but as it is a unique project it's understandable however as a backer who has paid money for this project to be funded, it would be nice to hear more on the projected delivery date. Feel a bit left in the dark.

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      Creator Rice062 on July 24, 2012

      While it is unfortunate that we will not being seeing our watches in September. It is fully understandable. Looking forward to getting my Pebble and cannot wait to see the progress as it moves forward.

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      Creator Amarger on July 24, 2012

      new date please.

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      Creator Doronw82 on July 24, 2012

      Hi. How can i changh the calir i bat in the begining ( black) to the new oramge?
      Ps i cant wait to have it olredy

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      Creator Lars Dahl on July 24, 2012

      @Kristoffer No sorry don't see you as a customer, then you should have waited for it to be public and bought it from a store with guarantee....

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      Creator De la Sad on July 24, 2012

      Since there were multiple grey options on the ballot, smart money is on the vote for grey being split between them, bringing it down below orange.

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      Creator Chris Mills on July 24, 2012

      I'm all for orange (didn't vote), so I'm glad others share the same sentiment.

      GO POKES!

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      Creator Simon Roberts on July 24, 2012

      @Lars

      Get off your IKEA high stool, if you have no concept of manufacturing P&P then dont attempt to preach, there are people here that put up 10k and at the rate this project is going (end July and no final tooling with a predicted september ship) i have my doubts.

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      Creator Martin Donnelly on July 24, 2012

      Orange won over the grey colours??? Seriously? :(

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      Creator Brian Holme on July 24, 2012

      i still would like some sortive grey as another color option. please please please have a vote for what grey people want as a 5th color option

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      Creator Lars Dahl on July 24, 2012

      And one more thing.. There is no promise anywhere in the project info about september.. just estimated delivery...

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      Creator Ryan on July 24, 2012

      Orange??? Booooooooooo

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      Creator Geoffrey Miller on July 24, 2012

      Orange. Really. The worst color of the spectrum. That's why we can't have nice things. They left this up to group consensus and that never works out. "It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them." - Steve Jobs

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      Creator Kristoffer Wessel on July 24, 2012

      @lars dahl

      firstoff, we are backers AND customers, regarding this project. secondly, i do not necessarily have a problem with orange - black it shall be - but nontheless i am somewhat surprised and a little bit shocked that people have so much sympathy toward that color. just my two cents, anyways.

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      Creator Andrew Hackard on July 24, 2012

      Crap, that orange looks snazzy. Any chance those of us who pledged for the plain black version could send you a tenner for the orange instead?

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      Creator Leonardo Lorca Casanueva on July 24, 2012

      great!! i voted orange!!!

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      Creator Rich Goodwin on July 24, 2012

      It's ready when it's ready, take your time guys you have an awesome product. While I can't wait to get mine, I also want it to be right.

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      Creator Jerome Covington on July 24, 2012

      Cool. Nice to see pics of the components. Thanks!

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      Creator Dan Lape on July 24, 2012

      Any update, then, on another projected shipping start/month if September is no longer a viable option?

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      Creator Jason Moriarty on July 24, 2012

      Definitely disappointed by the news that the Pebble has been delayed. Of course I understand the reason and don't hold a grudge, but it's a disappointment nonetheless. As the original ship date gets closer, please be sure to update us on changes. Hearing nothing is much worse than hearing bad news.

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      Creator Micah on July 24, 2012

      Delay on shipment? Nice! More time for us developers to make apps ready for launch-day. :)

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      Creator Lars Dahl on July 24, 2012

      Come on you haters.... This is a project you backed, not a company! There was no confusion on what you backed when you backed the color option! You all put money towards a project and will get a watch (or more) for it. You can't really come with demands now, when the funding is over and it is in production!

      So get over yourself, you are not customers, you are backers of a project and in the end you might end up with nothing, that is the risk you took!

      Everyone else... Hell yeah for orange! Want white strap with mine but hey can buy that for under 5 dollars anywhere! Love this project and love everything you do to make this watch happen Pebble!! Keep up the good work!

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      Creator oneblessedguy on July 24, 2012

      +1 for white band instead of black. Love the orange with the white.

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      Creator Carlos on July 24, 2012

      Fine, keep going guys.

      Is funny, I pledged for some kickstarter projects and NONE of them were shipped onto the Estimated Delivery month. When I pledge I assume that this can happen, so it's just a thing that can be really improved for everyone who post a project.

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      Creator Suzanne Heinzman on July 24, 2012

      Wish the manufacturing could have been in the USA.
      Contact me, I think I could help.

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