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Update #18

User Interface Preview + Updates

Update

Bit of business before we get to the cool demo. I'd like to apologize for the abrupt way that I mentioned we would not be able to begin shipping Pebbles in September (in Update 17). It's clear now that this information should have been highlighted and discussed more thoroughly. 

Planning and scheduling a major manufacturing project is complex. We're working hard to complete the interconnected tasks that make up the production process. For me and the hardware engineers on the project, a large percentage of our time is spent exchanging complex spreadsheets filled with components specs by email, Skyping about the dimensions of minute hardware requirements and IMing our manufacturing team and factory. Not super exciting. That's why we've decided to share the more interesting stuff (photos, video and more!) in updates.

Our goal is to provide you with accurate information and interesting examples of our progress via these updates. We're working quickly, but we don't want to compromise on quality. While we won't be posting a shipping date until we're extremely certain that we'll be able to meet it, our feeling is that by monitoring our progress by the updates you'll have an excellent feel for how the project is going. When we do share the ship date, it won't be too surprising because you'll have seen the project come together in these updates. 

Ask-Me-Anything about Pebble today at 11am Pacific!

I can only go into so much detail during these updates. That's why I'll be hosting a thread on Reddit (www.reddit.com/r/pebble) today at 11am Pacific (2pm EST, midnight Mumbai) where you can ask me any other questions you might have about Pebble.

User Interface (UI) Preview

Martijn is Pebble's User Interface designer and iOS developer. Check out the video in high resolution (full screen for best effect) for a preview of the Pebble UI. Keep in mind this is just a preview and subject to change as we continue to develop the software. For example, the font size is customizable, eg you can select to have emails shown on screen in arger print. The next step is to implement this UI for the watch itself and test it thoroughly on a prototype Pebble.

Martijn used iOS to create a prototype Pebble for quick designing. Here is an example of an incoming email on Pebble.

Incoming call

Music control - You can skip tracks by double tapping the centre button

Other random tidbits from the Pebble world

  • Starting a shipping test. Volunteer Pebblers around the world will receive an empty shipment from us to determine how long the shipping process will take. Thanks Twitter followers!
  • Started working on the Manufacturing Test Plan (MTP)
  • Ran into an antenna issue. Working through it with a bunch of antenna experts. We'll figure it out.
  • Started tooling on a bunch of simple components like the USB charge cable and shipping box
  • Tested tons of different watch strap samples to make sure we get the texture just right
  • Ordered 500,000 more resistors. You can never have too many resistors!
  • We're working on a Pebble Account page where backers can update their shipping information.
  • In the next update, we'll post more info about the software development progress.

That's it for now. Thanks again for backing us, Pebblers!

Eric + Pebble team.

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      Creator George Dombart on December 2, 2012

      I agree. This is BS. I already asked for a refund, in August, and was told that you are not set up to refund money. Well, you also are not set up to sell watches either. This is just flat out thievery on your part as you guys travel and party on borrowed funds. No more excuses. Start refunding the money or get the watch out. It's December 2012. You can get the watches out and offer firmware updates for improvements. You can bet that your bs will sour me and others from ever going through kick starter again.

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      Creator Grzegorz on November 8, 2012

      Guys, its realy unserious.
      Since August no information regarding shipment? oO
      Your goul was to gether 100.000$, you have over 100 times more! and still can't finish your product?
      I hope I will get my pebble before it will be completly out of date.
      Please mind that we have invested our money in it, so you took a responsibility!
      Either ship watches to us, or give us back the money (with adequate interest of course).

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      Creator roberto orihuela on November 8, 2012

      They got the money. They said they could do it. Time they got off the pot or send the money back!!!!

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      Creator Andrew McLachlan on October 25, 2012

      Rolling into November in a few day and still no product, and no updates since Aug 14th...

      Franky this is completely unacceptable. It is time to start offering refunds, or start updating your backers with weekly updates, actually at this point, daily updates as you have 10m of venture capital...

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      Creator Kevin McArdle on October 11, 2012

      need to kick it gangnam style!

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      Creator Tom L. on October 11, 2012

      I need a hipster shirt to go with my hipster watch.

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      Creator Matt Donders on October 11, 2012

      Skip songs and check my run progress during my morning runs without having to take my phone out of my pocket and drop it on the ground shattering the screen like I did a few weeks ago.

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      Creator Christine Kaine on October 10, 2012

      Patient support is required here guys. The $10m represents orders so obviously the quantity ordered was MUCH larger than expected. Perhaps the release of iPhone 5 and iO6 has had an impact - I certainly want my watch to work with my new iPhone5.

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      Creator Seth Page on October 7, 2012

      You are nothing like a stock holder

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      Creator earl on October 6, 2012

      Malachy, buddy, we are stock holders and they have failed to meet the original commitment. For all we know we could have been duped.
      As a stockholder I demand transparency. I demand to know why they have not shipped diddly squat.

      I am loosing faith. Obviously these guys are Engineers and Engineers don't do schedules, I know that, but at least one of them is a business type or they wouldn't have raised over $10M.

      So business dude, get your head out of your ass and explain, otherwise you may not be able to fix the avalanche of negative coverage, which is easy enough to bring about. Fess up, just like Apple did with the map thing, nothing is not a good thing, you need not learn that the hard way.

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      Creator Eric Tipton on October 2, 2012

      Nah, they'd rather send emails with paragraph after paragraph about injection molding, SDK, API, PCB's and on and on and on never bothering to mention even an estimated ship date. Even those of us that sometimes have an interest in such things really just want to know when they will ship!

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      Creator Christian Lamprecht on September 19, 2012

      please give us a roadmap with milestones or something! thx!

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      Creator Malachy on September 5, 2012

      Response to above comments: I don't see what the problem is guys, they are working on the product and should be focusing 100% on that which they obviously are. Why do you need them to hold your hand? Any other product you buy you don't even get monthly updates. Spend your time on something more worth while than hassling the guys.

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      Creator John McCormick on September 5, 2012

      I'd feel more like I was getting my moneys worth if there were regular updates even if no shipping date was discussed. Every 2-3 weeks is pretty long. Just post a few screen shots of the unit running different code. Etc.

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      Creator Derek Scott on September 5, 2012

      What he (Tom) said!

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      Creator Tom Black on September 5, 2012

      This isn't the same scenario at all... Pebble aren't running a restaurant, and even if they were, it's a restaurant with almost 70,000 people in it - more if every watch represents a different person.

      What you want are more regular updates in this channel, and I completely agree with you, because one update a month doesn't seem like a lot from a company that got $10mil for something they haven't produced yet - especially since it's around the time they originally said it'd be ready. I hope they put more effort into providing updates AT LEAST every 3 weeks, if not every 2 weeks.

      But you are "darn" arrogant if you expect a personal response whenever you feel like you need to be reassured, and you are a "darn" fool if you think you can just call them up and get an immediate answer because you think preordering tech is like getting a free refill on your Dr Pepper.

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      Creator Mau Sandoval on September 5, 2012

      @Caffeine Junkie: Nope. I don't agree. they are both a high priority. I didn't say answering should be a #1 priority. You owe it to your customers. Period. If you don't have bandwidth to answer to messages, get an intern. If they were more transparent and proactive with their updates, they probably wouldn't have many people bugging them with the same question: "are we there yet? are we there yet?".

      If you get to a restaurant, you get a table and no one shows up for the next 10-15 minutes, you'll be pissed, even if you see they are busy. However, if you get to the same restaurant, you get seated, and your server (or whoever else from the staff) stops by within 3 minutes and apologizes for being so darn busy and get you going with your drinks, you are not going to worry about waiting... they showed appreciation. Then you can wait 10 or 15 minutes without a problem.

      That's all. It's called customer service.

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on September 5, 2012

      @Mau I don't know what your communication was to Pebble so I can't really say why they didn't respond. Personally I believe their number one priority is build, not communication. I have no idea how many messages they get, but with this many backers their inbox must be like the worst spambot explosion ever.

      If they responded to every message they probably wouldn't get any work done finishing our watches.

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      Creator Austen on September 5, 2012

      There are 69 THOUSAND backers...I wouldn't reply to all of you little complainers either

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      Creator Mau Sandoval on September 5, 2012

      @wim It is fine that it takes a while. It is understandable that they are busy. It is also understandable if things don't go as smooth as planned, we are humans, they are smart guys building awesome things, and even they will have a tough time sorting things out, we get it.

      But it should be a priority for them to provide prompt updates about what's going on. If they get contacted directly about things, they should make it a priority to answer.

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      Creator Mau Sandoval on September 5, 2012

      Sad thing is that they have utter disregard of their backers. I sent an email through the Kickstarter messages and have received no answer.

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      Creator Jonathan Moore on September 5, 2012

      Yep. with 10 million in funding, lets see some more regular updates on progress.. don't want vaporware!

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      Creator Andrew Sullivan on September 5, 2012

      So...about those updates that were to be spaced no more than three weeks apart...

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      Creator Nícolas Óliver on September 5, 2012

      Use USPS for shipping to Brazil. Please, don't use FedEx or UPS. USPS is the best choice! The customs costs if shipping via FedEx or UPS can triple the price!

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on September 5, 2012

      @DjRags Pebble have said they are not shipping yet.

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      Creator inVader on September 5, 2012

      Got an email, too. Still, the glossy renditions of black and grey look rather shabby. Really? No way to get a nice matte finish?

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      Creator DjRags on September 5, 2012

      Yeah just got an email as well. Filled out the form. Hopefully this means that the watch is on the way.

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      Creator Christine Kaine on September 5, 2012

      Hope it talks to iPhone 5.

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      Creator Rom on September 5, 2012

      I already got an email for my shipping info and color :) wohooo!!!

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      Creator Jayanta K. Dey on September 5, 2012

      Can we get an update on what the new estimated shipping date is? Or at least a date by when the shipping date will be announced?

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      Creator Keagan on September 5, 2012

      @michael
      There is no estimated date as of yet Michael, although it will not be in September.

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      Creator michael Pyz on September 4, 2012

      What's the deal with getting these out? I bought one as a gift for my girlfriends birthday in September. I'd like to know when to expect it.

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      Creator Keagan on September 4, 2012

      If you head over to https://account.getpebble.com you can choose your color as well as update your shipping address now, the emails seem to be getting around right now.

      Grey is an option so yes there are now 5 colors.

      Really hoping these updates on KS become more frequent guys, it's been over 3 WEEKS!

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      Creator Thomas Galyen on September 4, 2012

      Saw a recent news blurb about the Pebble Watch stating that a fifth color was available (gray). This was because of the popularity of the color. Is this true? Why have we not seen this in an official update?

      Last update I've gotten was August 14, is another one due?

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      Creator Seth Page on September 4, 2012

      Wheres the update?

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      Creator monica hornsleth on September 4, 2012

      Update please, my birthday is this month and I was hoping......

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      Creator Carter Chapman on September 4, 2012

      When's the next update going to be??

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      Creator Ola Hansen on September 4, 2012

      I'm waiting!

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      Creator Seth Page on September 4, 2012

      did they add gunmetal?

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      Creator Mimi on September 4, 2012

      Like Andrew commented above, is there going to be an update with the shipping date yet? I thought you guys wanted to get better with transparency and communication?

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      Creator Pebble Technology on September 4, 2012

      @Stephen we're just rolling out this system over today. Testing for bugs etc. You will receive an email invite from email address kickstarter@getpebble.com with your invite code.

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      Creator Stephen Holinaty on September 4, 2012

      side note: you can apparently pick your colors on account.getpebble.com now. WOO!

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      Creator Andrew Sullivan on September 4, 2012

      Three weeks since August 14th. Is today the day that we finally get an update telling us the final shipping window?

      Nah. Probably not.

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on September 4, 2012

      @Jared We're still waiting to see if that is going to be possible with Win Phone 8 devices. It's currently a limitation on Win Phone 7 devices that is preventing its use with Pebble.

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      Creator Jared Schroeder on September 4, 2012

      I would still love to see support for Windows devices added to the list.

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on September 4, 2012

      the I'm watch has a lot of things the Pebble doesnt. A colour, touch screen. Headphone socket, running android. It is however a very different beast. I dont want to worry about my watch getting wet in the rain. I want to be able to look at my watch and see the time without having to press a button first. I also dont want to have to charge it every day. Those were the biggest complaints I believe with the impulse watch, which is why pebble was designed this way.

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      Creator Greg Feczko on September 4, 2012

      Looks like the Imwatch is more for Android than Apple iPhones. Just from what I can tell. Seems the Pebble is more for both. Can't wait to test the Pebble --- nudge nudge

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      Creator Tim Stratford-Smith on September 3, 2012

      Looking at I'm watch now - Is it better than the pebble? - Will just have to wait and see I guess. Will have to get one of each then will know for sure.

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      Creator Joachim on September 3, 2012

      any news about the final shipping? any news about anything?

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      Creator David Turner on September 3, 2012

      Anyone seen this?

      http://www.imwatch.it/nz-en/home

      Looks to be very close to the original.

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