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Pebble is a customizable watch. Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your phone.
Pebble is a customizable watch. Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your phone.
68,929 backers pledged $10,266,845 to help bring this project to life.

Plastic Samples, iPhone 5 and More!

Posted by Pebble Technology (Creator)

iOS 6 Update and iPhone 5

Bit of news: Apple released an update to iOS this week. iOS 6 is available for free on all the phones that Pebble supports (iPhone 3GS and up). We've had access to iOS 6 through the iOS Developers program for the last few months, and we've been testing our software with both iOS 5 and 6. The big news in iOS 6 is a new Bluetooth profile called MAP. We've integrated a MAP receiver into Pebble, but we still have a bit more testing to do with the iPhone 5. So far it's working really well! There is no reason Pebble should not work perfectly with iPhone 5.

Samples from our Plastics Factory

I mentioned in Update 17 that we were about to start the injection molding process. Creating molds or 'tools' is hard, literally. The process involves carving a Pebble-shaped cavity out of hard steel blocks and even with our accelerated schedule, it took 6 weeks. We had to make separate tools for each of the pieces of the watch (buttons, case, lens, strap). 

After weeks of work, we ran the first test shots of the mold. It's awesome to see the long, hard work of our industrial designer, tool designers and mechanical team pay off.

This is an important step towards mass production. Steve, our industrial designer, is in Taiwan right now evaluating samples which are literally hot off the presses. We think they look great for first shots, though we've got a bunch of tweaks to make to ensure that all plastic components work and look perfect. The only color we've made so far is black because we can't afford the down-time needed to fully clean the tool. As soon as we have samples in other colors, we will post pictures. 

We will leave color selection open past Sept 30 at (Entries can be submitted past Sept 30 now). We will email all backers before closing color selection. 

Case assembled with lens and strap (but missing buttons)

Top and bottom of the case

Tons of buttons!

Steve, our industrial designer, was on-site in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and took a bunch more photos (full album).

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Progress

In parallel to the plastics work, we've made several revisions of the circuit board. With each revision we eliminate more bugs and improve the design. In response to a problem we had with the antenna, we created 3 different potential designs and then prototyped and tested each sample extensively inside an anechoic chamber. The best design prevailed and we've integrated that solution into our PCB.


We've got the whole team working extremely hard on Pebble, but there is a lot of work left to do.

Software Development

On the software and firmware side, we're in the process of strenuously testing Pebble's ability to receive new updates wirelessly via a smartphone. This means that even after you receive your Pebble, you can update the software on your watch simply by tapping a button on your phone. Our software team is also busy writing the underlying code for Pebble's customizable user interface, as well as the apps, like watchfaces, notifications and more, that run on top of the Pebble operating system. 


Now that our plastic manufacturing process is up and running, we're able to make lots of test units and iron out the kinks in the software, as well as the hardware manufacturing process. We've designed a strenuous test plan that will put Pebble through its paces. Right now (before we go into mass production) each aspect of the design, from water resistance to button presses to battery lifecycle, is being tested. Then when the factory is in full production mode, every single watch will be tested to be in compliance with our quality requirements.


(This section has been reposted on our forums for discussion)

The last update we've published about Pebble's Software Development Kit (SDK) was in June, when we described what the Pebble Android SDK would look like and launched Since then we've been pretty quiet on the subject.

I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about our roadmap towards creating an awesome developer environment on Pebble. At the moment, we're focusing 95% of our software effort on writing the base operating system and features for Pebble, on top of test routines that run in our factory. The sheer amount of work is enough to keep our 5 person software team quite busy. We feel it's important to build a strong foundation that's highly usable for both users as well as developers.

Part of that foundation is the ability for Pebble to easily run third-party apps. We've built this into the core architecture of our OS. The following is our plan to enable developers to create software that works with Pebble. Please keep in mind that this is a roadmap, we'll be releasing more info over time.

  • Android SDK: It's easy to integrate new or existing Android apps with Pebble. Our SDK uses intent messaging, allowing other apps to push messages, notifications or even sports data to Pebble. As soon as Pebble ships, developers will be able to use the API calls described on to integrate their apps with Pebble
  • Notification API: Web developers will be able to add Pebble integration to their webapps as well. We're building an OAuth 2.0-enabled endpoint linked to the Pebble Account system. After asking Pebble users to authenticate, Notification API-enabled webapps will be able to push notifications, alerts and other data directly to a Pebble. The API takes care of all the communication between the web, phone and Pebble.
  • Watchface SDK: All the tools needed to create your own custom watchface for Pebble. This is our first experiment with 3rd party code running directly on Pebble's microcontroller. Developer tools and documentation are the most difficult part of this SDK stage.
  • iOS SDK: Things are a bit more complex on iOS. There is no simple method for doing interprocess communication between apps. We're pursuing a few different options. We're confident that the solutions we're building will work. 
  • Expanded Native SDK: At this stage we'll expand the featureset of the native development platform introduced with the Watchface SDK. Think games, sleep trackers, remote controls and other more complex apps.

Thanks for bearing with me through this long update. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Thanks again for backing Pebble!

Eric + Pebble Team


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    1. Shawn Stubbs on

      Right off the cuff, Pebble could solve 2 of my major annoyances.

      1. My notoriously inaccurate speed readout from my motorcycle. (will need creative hardware for this one, but plenty possible)
      2. Having to get off my motorcycle to open my garage door via the keypad.

      It will be a glorious day to know my accurate speed and just click a button on my wristwatch to open my garage door.

    2. Marijn Jansen on

      Walking from Leiden to Delft using my Pebble and Runkeeper!

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      Megan Quines on

      got this awesome watch as a gift for my hubby-to-be and of course for myself! why wear a couple ring, if you could get something cooler like this killer pebble watch *heart* he'll be using this to track his speed and pace since he loves to run and bike. i'm absolutely sure that he'll be amazed how kick ass this device is. as for me, i'd be able to read messages even if i'm diving. i'll never miss a call nor a text message ever! haha. thanks pebble team for creating such ingenious gadget. love lots! hoping to get 2 shirts too. *wink* a couple watch + a couple shirt = happiness.

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      Robert Wilder on

      Sadly, I won't be able to do anything since I'll be too busy demoing it for all admirers and explaining how they can get their own Pebble.

    5. Cheryl Court on

      The first thing I'll be doing with my Pebble is showing my significant other that kickstarting a project can lead to awesome rewards!

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      Peter Stamminger on

      Have a pebble on your wrist,
      gives you emails in a list
      never lets you miss a call
      I really like to thank you all
      for creating such a cool device!

      I can't wait to show it off in the office :-)

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      Marcus Romanello on

      I'll use it to receive immediate notification of patients coming to my ER with a heart attack!

      Also, Would like to create a watchband can augment the function of pebble to even track pulse and glucose.
      The Pebble accessory market is wide -open.

    8. Phillip Glaeser on

      I'm going to use the pebble to stop missing phone calls while my phone is silent on my desk...

    9. Kenneth Joshua Hughes on

      Read text message while running the Disney Marathon !!!!

    10. Gemma on

      Looking forward to pretending I'm Inspector Gadget with my super-awesome watch!

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      Daniel Plourde on

      I will use my pebble to show-off to my friends! I've been telling them I backed up Pebbles and will receive one, they are so envious! I will also use it a lot while I'm riding my Harley! The convenience of communicating with my iPhone while I'm riding will be awesome!

    12. CaffeineJunkie on

      Sometimes I feel like a bit of a parrot but just repeating back what has already been said, when Eric talked about the effects of larger volumes he commented

      it's also given us the ability to spend more money on improving the quality of the end product. We've put more hours into the software and hardware to improve the fit and finish, as well as the base level software (firmware) that will be the core of Pebble over the life of the product. You can see that through the product enhancements and partnerships that we made during the KS campaign, with much more good news to come.

    13. Jason Moriarty on

      Caffeine Junkie: You can argue that the increase in production scale caused the delay, but how does that explain the software not being finished? Some of the backer money for the original 1000 was to be set aside for software programming, which was expected to be done by 9/12. Well, it's 10/12 and software is not done. With increased funding should have come increased staffing for software development (since every pebble was funding for both manufacturing and software development). My optimistic understanding is that the software is more complex than they expected, but that means that the first 1000 would have been delayed LONGER than the 65,000 because the software team would have been smaller.

    14. CaffeineJunkie on

      Making more means that the method of production has to change. You use one way if you're making about 1,000 total. You use a completely different method if you're planning on kicking out 15,000 a week. The high volumes and speeds mean the molds have to be more robust. Which is why they took 6 weeks.

    15. Rob of the North

      Pebble team, just want to let you know I've been very happy with the frequency and especially quality of the updates. It's good to see progress being made every few weeks.

    16. paul sumner on

      well said andrew sullivan blunt and to the point.

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      Andrew Sullivan on

      Making more just means it take longer to finish making them. They haven't even made the first one yet.

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      Eric Schrombeck on

      Kickstarter is not a store. You invested in a project that exceeded expectations by 1000x, so production is going to take a lot longer for much larger mass production. A refund isn't deserved.

    19. paul sumner on

      yep when eric says there is a lot of work left to do gives you the idea how far behind they were in the first place.Four months later and well ,we still have a lot of work to do.Says to me if it was for an xmas pressie best buy another gift.Go b ack to what i was saying they never had a nearly ready watch.Just shows having hidden the wires and the large pcb th empty apart from screen in promo video doesnt equate to a product that can easily be miniturised.Say didnt they make statements about range of blutooth and battery life.Guess that was all a stab in the dark.The truth is out there read this article This shows schoolboy inventions just read the part where it says they are far from maufacturing yet as the pcb will not fit into the watch and has a maze of wires.Did you know this?
      What do I do TO get a refund NOW

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      Andrew Sullivan on

      Well...he mostly just answered the first two. His answers to the second two boiled down to "A lot" and "Nope, still not gonna tell you."

    21. CaffeineJunkie on

      @Oliver, Eric has directly answered those questions.…

    22. Oliver Broughton on


      "a) why they originally thought they could ship in September, b) What changed (the number of watches being made does NOT explain that), c) What challenges they're still working on overcoming and d) what their timeline looks like now"

      All the "chill out" comments are pointless. You wanna chill? Go chill.

      If I invest in something, I want to know whats happening. Official gut shots of the watch are cool, but ultimately equally as pointless and much the same in their tone and purpose as the "chill out" comments from some of the backers here.

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      Andrew Sullivan on

      Chris, the issue really isn't that the watch is ten days late; it's the fact that we are being kept totally in the dark about just how late the watch will ultimately be. Personally, I would rather know today that I'll be waiting until next summer than continue to be stonewalled right up until the watch ships in December.

      For the record, I think both December and next Summer are incredibly remote possibilities. But that's the thing: I'm tired of needing to GUESS.

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      Carl Palmer on

      Chill out people! They are getting this done and it is coming with more features than before.....

    25. Tales Porto on

      I just hope the product is really good...
      This is taking too long so I want to see something of great quality when you arrive!!!

    26. Chris Stratford on

      Look at all the trolls, relax.
      The project is officially 10 days late...

      You're acting like they promised to ship in June

    27. Teddy A Jasin on

      goshhhhhhhhh this is taking agess!!!

    28. CaffeineJunkie on

      Who said anything about them taking our money and running. We're due another update shortly, and the previous update showed some of the work they have done to build our watches.
      The September estimate has only just passed. This does not mean the project has failed.

      From the Kickstarter Terms of Use

      ■The Estimated Delivery Date listed on each reward is not a promise to fulfill by that date, but is merely an estimate of when the Project Creator hopes to fulfill by.

    29. Grant on

      There seems to be a few upset people, I was under the impression that if you are pledging money that if it is then funded, surely they are actually suppose to make something. Not just take your money and run.
      Funny how white collar crime seems to suffer no consequences?
      Glad I also backed MetaWatch!!

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      Joe Martin on

      Good things come to those who wait. Not to say I'm not excited, but I'm thinking definitely Camp C. Rome wasn't built in a day, measure twice cut once, haste makes waste. So long as it's here by Christmas.

    31. CaffeineJunkie on

      Ryan, we are due an update imminently.

    32. paul sumner on

      Camp B. I bet this will go on like jfk conspiracy.Were we misled.What did happen to the impulse watch? Why doesnt the pebble team answer any posts here and on there own forums.Why only one injection mold with all that cash.more important to erect billboards?.I could go on.......

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      Simon Roberts on

      Camp A - I want my watch now, you said it would be ready, i want my watch, where is my watch

      Camp B - The facts dont match up to picture that was painted, i feel deceived, the "working prototype" was far from being that. The position of development of the project was nowhere near what we were lead to believe.

      Camp C - Just relax, its all cool, it comes when it comes, have smoke and relax

      and now welcome to

      Camp D - I have 10 mill in the bank, i can spend 5 to get things rolling, and i can keep 5 in the bank. At even a minimun interest rate i can earn 15k a month on it. Why should i be in any rush to complete anything and give that money out.

      The choice is yours, Choose your camp players!

    34. Ryan Flynn on

      It'd be great to get an update on this. I know these things take time, but September has passed and we're still in the dark.

    35. Kayla on

      This is getting a bit absurd. We were told they were probably going to ship in September, now it's October and we have no idea how much longer it would be. We've all paid a lot of money and all we want is an ETA and more updates.

    36. paul sumner on

      Lets look at facts.Prom vid was misleading.If what they actually had was shown no way would us geeks and teckies fanned its flames.Would not even make 1 million.No sdk developers getting fed up treated like children.Sit down sbut up and wait.No real progress.well sent a few empty boxes around the world and madd a lump of black very shiny plastic.And a screen saver of a pug.O and that developement unit showing off a yet unfinished ui.lastly we made mistakes with the impulse watch.We learn from our mistakes.
      Impulse watch faced delay after delay final released v late and sold only 2000 units as was buggier than a camels backside.What you learnt pebble team.Nothing if the blackberry forums are anything to go by.Same mushroom management.Demand a refund they duped us all

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      Cal Ng on

      I don't really mind the now uncertain ship date but I would like to see more frequent updates.

    38. William Barnes on

      @Steve And calling anyone who is unhappy names is what, your idea of fun? I'm hoping that you don't mean to paint everyone with the same brush but when you say "you all" how are we to take this? We all want our watches, most of the objections here are about the lack of communications and as backers we are entitled to detailed information on the progress or lack of same. Obviously you feel differently and are entitled to your opinion but who are you to make a blanket statement like that? Not trying to be a jerk but the rest of us are entitled to our thoughts too.

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      Claes H on

      @Steve: The problem is however, that when the project does not meet its targets, it must be communicative about it. The "three week update schedule" was put in place after the financing was secured. If the project was on target time-wise, a reminder every 3 weeks "we are still on track according to schedule" would be fine. But now it is unknown territory - very hard to judge when you will get the watch from the sporadic updates. Yes, we are backers, not consumers. And as such, we require more insight into the process than consumers do. There is risk in backing, but you do it because you want to feel involved. If you don't feel involved, what is the point in backing?
      Increase your communication, Pebble.

    40. Stella Violano on

      Yes, please update again.

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      Steve on

      Anyone who paid and now feels that they are being jerked around obviously either did not read enough before buying or just flat out ignored the info. I can't speak for anyone else but I read quite a bit before I plunked my coin down and while I am just as disappointed as everyone else and I'm literally itching to get my Pebble on my wrist I knew the deal up front and knew that this is one of the risks of buying a 'doesn't quite exist yet' product. You all sound like whiney, jilted, ex-girlfriends who got dumped for being too clingy... Fact of the matter is, while Kickstarter strongly encourages projects to deliver the goods, if Pebble went ass-up and folded without ever delivering one single watch there would be nothing any of us could do... we're BACKERS, not CONSUMERS, and just like buying stock, you could lose your cash... It's not Pebble's fault if you did not realize exactly what your role in this transaction was.

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      Andrew Sullivan on

      Roger's is the single best comment I've read.

      I'd LOVE to have the team actually answer a) why they originally thought they could ship in September, b) What changed (the number of watches being made does NOT explain that), c) What challenges they're still working on overcoming and d) what their timeline looks like now.

    43. William Barnes on

      @Roger Agree with pretty much everything you said there but contacting Kickstarter is pointless. I've got another project that is now 10 months past estimated reward delivery and the response I got from the Kickstarter team is worthless. They don't care about project backers and will just ask you to be patient and understanding and contact the project creator: OMG.

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      Diego on

      Please, send us!!

    45. Roger on

      It's certainly true that making a smart watch is difficult and not easy to plan. Even though the Pebble team have done this before things go wrong. Their success on Kickstarter has impacts as well - production testing is more difficult at these volumes so quality has to go up.

      That said, the content of these updates is insulting. We are backers of the project, not potential customers. We have put our faith in the team when they showed a prototype and a track record. Trust is mutual and by giving you money, I expect and deserve something more in the updates than "ooh, look plastics" or "ooh look development tools". I don't want to review the project plans but, when a project I have money in slips several months, I should be told why. That way, at the worst, I can make a decision to write off my Pebble investment and buy a competitor. At best, the pebble team look like mensch and I can at least still feel like I'm a little more important to you than a normal customer who only pays when you have a product.

      Whatever, I think this lack of grown up updates is worse for other reasons. There is a lot more at play here than your watch. Pebble was a very visible Kickstarter success. The "ooh look shiny stuff, don't worry about the important stuff" updates damage the whole community.

      Rather than venting anger here, I would suggest people contact Kickstarter and ask them to pressure Pebble for a more concrete shipping update. I would also suggest that you don't ask for a refund (you can't get one) and you stay polite - it always works better than shouting.

    46. paul sumner on

      dear omega blue i repeat there was no actual working protoype ok yes maybe one hooked up to a giant breadboard but if that was an exceptable practise why did eric need to hide the wires down his sleeve? Im not a troll just trying to let they are good to go anyday now and mass production is holding the project up rumours quashed.With the truth you bought an idea that was far far from anywhere near a reality.Spoon fed properganda,the truth is finally coming out about this .But fat to slowly for me.LOOK here read the part of the interview is says the team are far from production and prototypes hooked up to a large pcb with a maze of wire,
      Sorry dont do trolling uncovering the truth .Do you know the app developers are getting fed up as even the sdk has not been released.No software nevermind hardware.Hasnt your alarm bells started ringing yet.Refund please

    47. CaffeineJunkie on

      Paul, there are many different types of prototypes. What we were shown was a bit more than a proof of principle prototype, which showed working functionality, not simulated. It was not a functional prototype ie. Close to the final design, but neither was it just a mock up pretending to work.
      Proving the design on breadboard pcb is standard practice.

    48. CaffeineJunkie on

      @Henry Win. There is no shipping scedule yet for any countries. When they know they'll let us know via an update. Also, as the project description implies, Pebble is a watch for iPhone and Android. The Pebble team have said that they are going to concentrate on these platforms. They have also said that the communication protocols will be made public so there is the possibility of a third party making an app for Blackberry or WinPhone 8.