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Update #20

Plastic Samples, iPhone 5 and More!

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 account.getpebble.com (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.

Roadmap

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. 

Testing

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.

SDK

(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 developer.getpebble.com. 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 developer.getpebble.com 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 kickstarter@getpebble.com. Thanks again for backing Pebble!

Eric + Pebble Team

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      Creator Hyuntak Baek on October 9, 2012

      I CAN'T WAIT ANY MORE... SEND ME MY PEBBLES...

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      Creator Henry Win on October 8, 2012

      if possible, I would also love to hear the suitable for BlackBerry. Thanks.

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      Creator Henry Win on October 8, 2012

      I would love to hear a tentative schedule to shipping to other countries, so that I can expect when will arrive.

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      Creator omegablue333 on October 8, 2012

      uhhh, I don't know about you Paul, but from what I've seen they've made prototypes but are trying to get the mass production down. Why don't you go troll somewhere else and leave them to making sure they have a product they can be proud of. Like others have said, I'd much rather wait and have a good product than something that'll fall apart six months down the line.

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      Creator paul sumner on October 8, 2012

      What prototypes? Did you not know they have not made one board yet that would fit in a watch.As i frequently mention the watch in the vid,was just a small screen.No cpu battery etc.All that was on a pcb the size of a samsung s3. Wires hidden down sleeve etc.Feel cheated yet.I have asked for a refund.There is no way of handling refunds apparently.

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      Creator John McCormick on October 8, 2012

      Show us some more of the software doing something. More than driving an image around the screen. I'd think a watch face would be easy enough to show working on the prototypes.

      We all love demos. Silence we don't care much for.

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      Creator Andrew Sullivan on October 8, 2012

      Following the Twitter account won't get you any more information, just more frequent stonewalling. Oh, and periodic tweeting in the persona of the watch itself...which is just fucking weird.

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on October 8, 2012

      Yes Mike. The first section of this update talks about the inclusion of MAP in iOS6. MAP is Message Access Profile, which will allow SMS to be pushed to Pebble from iPhones.

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      Creator Michael Campbell on October 8, 2012

      Hey, guys!

      Just a quick question. With the switchover to iOS 6 (or with the iPhone 5), is there any chance that the Pebble will now be able to receive SMS information from an iPhone? I'm really REALLY hoping to be able to read texts from my watch. Do you think it'll ever be possible?

      Thanks!
      Mike

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      Creator Kelsey Lakia on October 8, 2012

      *Sigh*... If you actually want these watches then you need to allow time. Do you know how much money is associated with creating these? Long R&D times means they will stay on budget. If they shorten the process any more Pebble will not survive. Please support the people behind the process and you will get the product you are looking for. They are staying accountable. Follow them on twitter if you want more frequent consistent updates. I'm sure they don't have news enough to post more frequently and to be honest if you were creating cutting edge technology how much would you want to disclose ahead of release? I mean come on... Cheers to the Pebble team!! I still can't wait to have this beautiful device on my wrist! I advocate for you whenever people give me the time of day! Stay visionary!!!

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      Creator Lowell Williams on October 8, 2012

      Guys, this isn't Wal-Mart. It'll ship when it ships. Good, Fast or Cheap, pick two.

      Thanks for the update. Please invite me to the release party!

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      Creator An Pok on October 8, 2012

      I'm not looking for a drop dead delivery date; heck, I don't even need a delivery date. I would appreciate more regular updates please.

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      Creator theo c on October 7, 2012

      @Michael Katz: Barf all you like but if you don't get why people are upset when they pay money and get neither what they paid for or any communication about why that is, you need to sit down and have a long think about it. It only takes 10 minutes to type up a post on here, it shouldn't be too hard to find that kind of time in the space of a week....
      That said, people have been a bit quick to call shenanigans.

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      Creator Paul Roodenburg on October 7, 2012

      Dear Pebble Team,

      I don't agree with the people pushing you for a delivery date. I do agree that he three week project update is a too long interval.

      We do deserve some more consideration. We really do.

      Wishing you luck

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      Creator Michael Katz on October 7, 2012

      OCD, ADD, still alive and well I see. This age of entitlement makes me barf. The watches will come when the watches arrive and not a second before that. That's when you're getting them! When they arrive! Deal with it and move on peeps!

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      Creator John McCormick on October 6, 2012

      I've seen far less fussing by the backers when people are kept in the loop. To support a product development people must feel like they are part of the process viewing the progress and all the steps (and missteps) rather than fed information only to keep people at bay

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on October 6, 2012

      They're not ignoring the comments, but they've made their position perfectly clear. They don't want to give a date that they're not sure they can hit.
      Some people may not agree with that decision but they have their reasons for going this way.

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      Creator Ok-Cool on October 6, 2012

      Nevertheless they must not ignore the comments of all their fellows.
      Sure, it's okay if the process takes longer - i think, that's absolutely not the point. But I'd like to be involved in the entire progress of development with more small updates instead of one big announcement once in three weeks. I'm sure, that would keep people calm. Three weeks are a long time, so people start to doubt.

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      Creator Kevin Holmgren on October 6, 2012

      Fellow nerds,

      You bought this from Kickstarter, not Amazon.

      Relax, it will arrive when it arrives; and you will enjoy it all the more for having waited.

      Rather have something fully baked. Let's let them finish cooking and sit back and enjoy the updates. If you keep opening the oven it will never rise.

      Good luck pebble team!

      When

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      Creator Mark Amos on October 5, 2012

      People have been asking for a ship date update for a couple of months. I think it's safe to say that a ship date is not forthcoming, so lets give it a rest, shall we?

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      Creator Simon Roberts on October 5, 2012

      @Vadasz

      You are seriously comparing Eric to Steve Jobs?

      I am laughing and crying inside at the same time.

      Eric and his head up his own ass attitude is nothing like the philosophy that Jobs had, Jobs would never have brought a product to the market under false pretence to raise capital and certainly not to get a good grade from his uni.

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      Creator Sven Thirion on October 5, 2012

      I really don't care about the shipping date. I rather have a fully tested, durable product. That said, it would be great to have "Backer Edition" or "Kickstarter Edition" printed on the back. I'm looking forward to the next update!

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      Creator Vadasz on October 5, 2012

      Take your time please.
      It was a tiny mistake to promise sept 2012.
      Stay cool, act like Steve did.
      I'm patient.

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      Creator Kelvin Ching on October 5, 2012

      Just read some of the problems faced by Elevation Dock backers after receiving their long waited product. I seriously hope the Pebble team will not screw up as badly as how the elevation lab did. Please take your time to make sure every single watch is tested and ready for use before you guys start the delivery process.

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      Creator Chris Stratford on October 4, 2012

      What is everyone whinging about - the original estimated delivery date was September 2012.
      We've just started October.

      I think these guys have earned a couple months extra due to the extra volume...
      Start whinging if we get to December with no set date, but right now you're all being a little unfair to the team. We all want the product, but what is the point in rushing them to ship it...

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      Creator Alok Choudhary on October 4, 2012

      Dear Pebble,
      It would be appreciated if we can get the update. What is where ?
      It is expected some delay in big project. But on time update will help people not to get restless.

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      Creator Matt on October 4, 2012

      @Pope Why would you bring a Sony? A Sony what? And to/from where?

      Also, these updates are not just for you. Be respectful and considerate.

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      Creator miWatch on October 4, 2012

      Pebble Team: We need an unscheduled update soon. The natives are getting restless.

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      Creator Robert Pope on October 4, 2012

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      Creator Robert Pope on October 4, 2012

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      Creator Gregory Weinrub on October 4, 2012

      And FYI, having never invented or produced something like this myself, showing me pictures of molds and such, although cool to see, is like speaking to me in Chinese. It does nothing for me and does not give me any relevant answers to the questions that most of us want to know.

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      Creator Gregory Weinrub on October 4, 2012

      I'm just annoyed now because I'm beginning to feel like the original project ship date was intentionally lowballed to get backers. I understand the project was much more successful than originally expected which will prolong manufacturing, but to be this much further past the deadline with no further even estimate of shipping is a bit absurd. Like somebody else said in a previous post, despite how many were sold, the prototype finish is way past the original ship date, let alone the finished manufacturing. Had the original advertisement and project video said "shipping or finalization date unknown", I more than likely would not have backed, no matter how much I like the idea, for I'm a struggling student and don't have Money to throw out on a whim and I'm sure there are others like me. I'm beginning to feel that the pebble inventors knew this was the case so they threw out a "reasonable" estimate just to secure the backers. Now I'm still a struggling student with 115 less dollars and nothing but frustration to show for it. Disappointing. I'm not asking for my watch tomorrow, but an estimate, REALISTIC, shipping date, or even prototype finalization date would be nice.

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      Creator Andrew Sullivan on October 4, 2012

      I'm pretty sure that estimate is referencing the post-KS pre-orders that they've been doing on their website. The ETA for those has always been early 2013. That's not to say that we might also not see out watches until next year, but they have not actually admitted that yet.

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      Creator Andres Martín on October 4, 2012

      (half year late)

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      Creator Andres Martín on October 4, 2012

      Just read in Twitter "Pre-order ETA is early 2013."

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      Creator dungeoncrawl on October 4, 2012

      Unbelievable that you wouldn't give an estimated ship date. The investors who backed you deserve your best guess. You made an estimate of September when you were asking for funding. You missed it. It happens. We understand that. But to now give NO new estimate is really hard to understand. Yes, you might miss that one too, but you really do owe us your best guess.

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      Creator Ok-Cool on October 3, 2012

      I think you pebble-guys should be embarrassed: the people belived (still do) in you and your project and pledged over $10 000 000 and you mind them with such an unrespectful behavior? I'm sure you guys have a bunch of work to do, but it is not okay to totally ignore your patrons. absolutely not!
      Would you treat a 'normal' financier like that? I guess you won't. So please don't do that with us either.
      We don't ask for a ready to go product and i think most people understand that things take longer than you planed and that's okay. but i think its necessary to provide people with more transparency. means more updates than once in three weeks. it seems you guys have enough time to tweet this kind of ordinary 'spacing material messages' that are a disease on all social networks. why don't you bring more real updates instead and give people the feeling of being a part of the process?
      You collected so much money, why don't you spend a little bit of that for a person who could concentrate a little bit on real public relation? that's part of the simplest marketing, isn't it?

      Let us know whats your furher time schedule! Thanks

      Best
      Tom

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      Creator MoellerSeb on October 3, 2012

      Please give a new estimate on the shipping date, can't wait to get my hands on this, great job!

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      Creator andsca99 on October 3, 2012

      Shipping date????????????????????????????????
      2014??

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      Creator LouAnn on October 3, 2012

      What is the estimated delivery date?

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      Creator Steve Wang on October 3, 2012

      Just curious, if the manufacturing is in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, why does the back say made in China?

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      Creator Markus Jaritz on October 2, 2012

      Me too!
      Guess they timed it quite right with crowd fooling quite some money in their purses.

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      Creator Shay on October 2, 2012

      Can I have my money back?

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      Creator earl on October 2, 2012

      WHEN IN HELL IS THE WATCH GOING TO SHIP!!! ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS AFTER ALL WE PAID!!

      This is respectful of someone/something that refuses to answer the question of financial backers. As a matter of fact it's too nice.

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      Creator Tommy L Neel on October 2, 2012

      I am just asking a simple question here, so keep your negativity to yourselves. What does it matter if 100, 1,000 or 1,000,000 were ordered through Kickstarter, shouldn't they have been on schedule to just get the components/molds made? I can see the production of the actual product taking a while, but it seems like they are the watch itself should already be ready. I'm not pissed, but I am beginning to wonder if this thing is going to get up off the ground

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      Creator Thomas Ramsay (deleted) on October 2, 2012

      when do you expect to ship our pebbles?

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      Creator Brian Clemons on October 2, 2012

      when will our pebbles ship?

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      Creator Lino Goncalves on October 2, 2012

      I would like to see how the integration with the fitness app RunKeeper is coming along. A nice feature to have on the watch would be 'vibration alerts' so that RunKeeper can post alerts (e.g. specific mileage has or speed has been achieved).

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      Creator David Uzvalok on October 2, 2012

      I'd like an update as to when it will be shipped.

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      Creator Jonathan Henderson on October 2, 2012

      I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS! Keep on going!!!

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