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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 Danae Leaman-Hill on August 14, 2012

      Don't sweat it regarding shipping date.....personally I always thought September was optimistic considering the huge increase in pre-orders / backers. I honestly don't mind waiting until November / December 2012 before I receive my Pebble - I'd prefer a more polished product than something rushed just to meet some notional release date. Keep up the good work.

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      Creator Juan Carlos Santana on August 14, 2012

      It would be pretty great if you released the IOS prototype so that we can play around with it and kinda of get a feeling of how our pebbles will be like you guys are doing... just an idea

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      Creator ZnewmaN on August 14, 2012

      I agree that track control is more important to me than volume control. I hope that you all can figure that out. Thanks for the great update and I look forward tot he AMA.

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      Creator Olaf on August 14, 2012

      So you will ask before the date of delivery about an address of the shipping?

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      Creator Huntington Lyman (deleted) on August 14, 2012

      Hi Eric. Thanks for the update, and Pebble is looking very cool. If you need support on updates and communication, you can contact me. I have a lot of experience in this area, and you may want to invest that time in product development.

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      Creator Dominic Soh on August 14, 2012

      Hmmmm how do you determine who gets a test?

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      Creator August Sturm on August 14, 2012

      So excited!

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      Creator David Pabst on August 14, 2012

      +1 on adding skip forward and skip backward. How about having a short-hold-press on the middle (play/pause) button to switch between volume and skipping for the other two buttons?

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      Creator Andrzej Haskiel on August 14, 2012

      this thing is supposed to be equipped with accelerometer, so you can probably get more actions than just 4 buttons with gestures.

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      Creator Robrecht Vandemeulebroecke on August 14, 2012

      That interface is looking nice and fluid. Don't panic, folks, there's reason to think track skipping won't be included just because you don't see it in the demo (via a long button press, maybe?).

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      Creator dmac on August 14, 2012

      It sounds like you understand process and quality pretty well - I support your caution and the necessity of delays: rushing could spell the end of the entire endeavor if you produce a large number of units that fail. Taking your time is far more sustainable - anybody who gets frustrated at this point (a) isn't used to start-ups and (b) may not be that interested in the first place. Do what you have to do and don't compromise.

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      Creator Jack Amick on August 14, 2012

      Holy crap, he is listening to Spinvis? I love this guy.

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      Creator Matthew on August 14, 2012

      @ED i agree, time will tell.

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      Creator Oliver Needham on August 14, 2012

      I hope you haven't forgotten about the Android element of the phone thing! :P I know you're just using the iPhone to test the interface, but I hope the Android stuff is just as good!

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      Creator David on August 14, 2012

      @ketrel, any 22mm band should work.

      I hope the music control does next track as well as going back to the beginning of the current track/previous track. Volume is important but skipping tracks is more useful. Maybe a double press of the middle button can change whether it's volume or skip. I know things are still being developed so fingers crossed.

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      Creator Ryan Tivis on August 14, 2012

      Thanks for the update.

      I would say, i'm not asking for an exact "shipping date" as I know that can be hard to pinpoint, but I would like to have at least the guessed year of release.. 2012.. 2013??

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      Creator Radiopirat on August 14, 2012

      Thanks for the update - great stuff! Only ONE BIG question: the shown display on teh pcb... is this a real e-ink-display as it will be finalyy in the pebble or is this a ordinary lcd?

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      Creator Ed Howell on August 14, 2012

      Promises, promises...the warm fuzzy is getting cooler and rougher as time goes on. Still not absolutely convinced I haven't been hornswoggled. Time will tell.

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      Creator Kit Farman on August 14, 2012

      No next track control? Seems like a serious flaw, especially since it was presented as one of its uses in the kickstarter video.

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      Creator Japh on August 14, 2012

      Thanks for the update, Eric! It's very exciting to see things gradually coming together. Good luck with the rest of the process :)

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      Creator Aaron Blankenship on August 14, 2012

      very cool thanks for the update

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      Creator Robrecht Vandemeulebroecke on August 14, 2012

      Spinvis! Excellent taste! :-)

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      Creator richardj on August 14, 2012

      Great update guys, with such a big batch and complex product you can get it right just once. Better delay a bit and deliver a great product than try to ship it as fast as possible. Nice to see a Dutch guy on the team as well. Go Pebble team!

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      Creator Arjen de Waal on August 14, 2012

      Fuck yeah, Spinvis! <3

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      Creator Minja Miketa on August 14, 2012

      I was just reading update 17 wondering when we will be updated again when I saw this. It is looking good so far and I hope the antenna issue isn't too big of the problem. I do have a question software wise though, will we be able to skip through songs? From what you have at the moment you can pause, play, and change the volume but no skip forward option. Just curious.

      Keep up the good work.

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      Creator Andrew Munsell on August 14, 2012

      The UI looks pretty cool, and if we can really read an entire email, that would be pretty impressive.

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      Creator Ben Buchwald on August 14, 2012

      For the music control app shown, it would be nice to have a next song button. Is that a possibility? Maybe pressing 2 buttons together? If not, it is actually more useful to me than volume buttons since there are physical volume buttons I can reach on my phone without taking it out of my pocket, but no skip/back buttons.

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      Creator Zachary H Koterba on August 14, 2012

      This is awesome, like you said, TAKE YOUR TIME. I want a quality project, not a rushed piece of crap that meets a shipping deadline.

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      Creator Evaristo Ramos on August 14, 2012

      WoW that is soo awesome!!!!

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      Creator Shany on August 14, 2012

      looking good guys! can't wait to use it!!!

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      Creator Menno Stil on August 14, 2012

      Cool i see the dutch language! And nice update!

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      Creator Ketrel on August 14, 2012

      Any you guys said any generic watch strap will work as well?
      (In case we have a very strange preference.)

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      Creator Rom on August 14, 2012

      Wow this is awesome! thanks the update guys!

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