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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 Joe Goh on September 24, 2012

      s/than/that

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      Creator Joe Goh on September 24, 2012

      As much as I'd like a watch soon, it matters a whole lot more than the product is of great quality, especially for us backers who donated money for an unfinished product.

      Please take your time with refining the tooling. The first close-up shot in this update reveals that there's still a bit of refinement left to have the watch looking polished.

      Thanks again for the updates, it's amazing how great these updates are considering the amount of work to be done.

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      Creator Caffeine Junkie on September 24, 2012

      As Vaughan has pointed out, the Pebble has always been glossy. Watch the kickstarter video again. The prototype and all the renders had a glossy surface.

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      Creator Steven on September 24, 2012

      How strong is the plastic watch face? As in is it scratch resistant? Is it such that we have to put a screen protector on?

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      Creator Ivanov Aleksandr on September 24, 2012

      please, dont glossy surface!

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      Creator Vaughan Stedman on September 24, 2012

      @dtdw

      Really? What did you expect?

      For one, it is a plastic watch. Also all the renders of the watches have clearly been glossy...

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      Creator dtdw on September 23, 2012

      please no. dont want glossy surface ! .. its like wearing a plastic watch. if it's matte, at least its wearable in semi-pro occations and not being laughed at wearing a plastic watch.

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      Creator Chris Mills on September 23, 2012

      As long as it gets here before Christmas, I'll be happy. I got a few for Christmas presents. :)

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      Creator Maarten van Berge Henegouwen on September 23, 2012

      Great update & I agree that I prefer quality over speedy shipping.
      Having said that; you should give us a shipping update as well. Even a statement like ' will not ship before XYZ date' would be a step forward.
      Cheers.

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      Creator inVader on September 23, 2012

      will there be better photos of all four versions of pebble before color selection ends? So far, we've only seen glossy black pebbles on photos. I'm really wondering how it's going to look in color. I don't expect the current computer images to be a good representation of the real thing, making it a difficult basis for color selection.

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      Creator Guillaume Perras on September 23, 2012

      Can we have higher resolution images?

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      Creator Markus Jaritz on September 23, 2012

      Wow, looks really cheap these plastic! Hope this might still improve. Better should have waited with ordering this…

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      Creator John O'Donnell on September 23, 2012

      I cant even read the comment link. I keep shrinking and shrinking the font to no good. I only use about 800x600 on my browser most of the time and I even expanded it to 1024x768 and I cant stand scrolling left and right, back and forth to read shit. No tolerance for this crap.. she may have a point but I cant read it. Sorry.

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      Creator Daniel Batchelor on September 23, 2012

      Asking for an estimated ship date is hardly whining. I too want team pebble to ship when ready and not a day before. But, even the most avid supporters have a limit, for example, if you still don't have an estimated ship date by the end of Oct., would you still be OK with that? How about Nov., Dec.? I know a lot of folks immediate thought is, "it won't take that long", but that's not the point, the point is everyone has a limit. And I'm not talking about ship dates, I'm talking about an estimated timeline for shipping. I doubt anyone wants a less than awesome product and I think the vast majority are more than willing to wait, they just want an idea of when that will be. I'm thrilled with the updates and team pebble's communication on other social media. Ultimately Pebble will make the best decision on when and how to communicate shipping, it's their business and they want it to succeed as much as us pebblers want them to succeed. Posts to these updates serve as a means for backers to communicate to team pebble and people asking for a ship date is valuable feedback. Right now I'm guessing the people asking for an estimated ship date verse those that are not is about 50/50, in a month, if a ship date is not provide, I'm sure more people will want to know.

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      Creator Gabe Nisker on September 23, 2012

      put a stop to it robert. someone put their watch they backed for on ebay.

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      Creator Robert Andrew Adams on September 23, 2012

      Hey Guys (and Gals)

      Just spotted this on ebay, "Advance Backer" ? Is this legit? may be worth putting a stop to?

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pebble-SmartWatch-Android-iPhone-Bluetooth-Sync-ePaper-Smart-Sports-Watch-/300776955046?

      Rob

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      Creator Ajit Unni (deleted) on September 23, 2012

      Looks like I need to clarify my earlier comment. Apologies for its brevity.

      To me, since critical design issues seems resolved & tooling well underway, it seemed a good time to publish a ship date.

      I have not stated that version 1.0 of the firmware should be released in a buggy nor incomplete fashion. Core functionality must be released as promised, but new features, may be even iOS MAP support, may be released as an update, if it will delay delivery.

      The only reason a tentative ship date cannot be published at this time is if critical issues still exist whose resolution is uncertain. That is troubling. With many similar tech products out there there are limited issues that cannot be resolved in a definable time frame. The team does have a cash kitty of $9M+ to cover their lack of experience.

      None of the above justifies the inability to estimate a ship date. However, if it is an effort to manage expectations then this is a defensive approach as Pebble backers have more than demonstrated their support and love for this project and the now the team. Eric & team must leverage this support by reaching out to the backers and take us into confidence. This will only strengthen their support and bring in new admirers and future customers.

      Anyway, that's just me.

      An admirer & well wisher

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      Creator Gergely on September 23, 2012

      Hey, welcome here in Taiwan! :)
      Out of curiosity, if the case is made here in Kaohsiung, where's the rest of the watch made?

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      Creator Tom Wilkinson on September 23, 2012

      Shipping date?

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      Creator Simon Roberts on September 23, 2012

      How will the serial number be done? Also moulded into the plastic or a sticker? Where will the CE mark be?
      Will the waterproof depth also be mentioned on the back?

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      Creator Danny Chosen on September 23, 2012

      Hey Eric can you make it compatible wih wp8 too?

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      Creator calvinbean on September 23, 2012

      "Made in China tattoo": use a bit of black Sugru to fill in the lettering. No problem!

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      Creator Phillip Nonnemacher on September 23, 2012

      Can't wait for this bit of awesomeness to get to me. Thanks for the update and keep on keeping on.

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      Creator Anders Öster on September 23, 2012

      Pebble will be awesome!!! Take your time and don't rush it.

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      Creator Stan Abe on September 23, 2012

      Thank you for such a detailed update. It is great to be informed of all of the pre-production planning, testing, software development and revisions. It makes me feel that my money has been well spent as a Kickstarter backer when I can see all of the hard work that is going to bring the Pebble to production. It also is good to know that you are more concerned with bringing a fully baked product to market rather than rushing it to production and having to conduct damage control after-the-fact. Keep up the good work and don't worry about hurrying. It's better to get it right the first time.

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      Creator Jason Scott on September 23, 2012

      As I don't define my identity by what accessories I have, and you guys are obviously working hard to make a really nice thing and bring together a great product, please feel free to never give a shipping date and let the whiners just get the box in the mail when it comes.

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      Creator E on September 23, 2012

      I've read through all the updates and I don't really see much info about the golf GPS feature except the maps will be provided by FreeCaddie. Do we have to buy a FreeCaddie app on iOS? Can anyone recall anything else specific about the golf GPS feature?

      Also, I've been thinking about a 22mm NATO strap for it and I recall Eric mentioned seeing a picture in the comments after Update 3. I can't seem to find the post. Does anyone recall seeing the Pebble on a NATO strap pic in the comments?

      Thanks all!

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      Creator shriganesh on September 23, 2012

      Wow! Just wow! It's just awesome! And more importantly thanks a lot for posting these detailed updates! They are really helpful! I never thought there would be sooooooo many steps that go into a product which is produced in mass-manner! Thanks for the interesting insights and equally interesting reads!

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      Creator Richard D'Aguanno on September 23, 2012

      Wow great update. Mind blowing amount of work.
      Sprint Epic touch 4g (Galaxy 2) user.
      Still on Gingerbread due to the terrible Ice Cream Sandwich update Samsung and Sprint released.
      Hopefully Pebble will work well with this phone. Still concerned with using my Bluetooth Stereo headset and pebble at the same time. Hope there are no conflicts.

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      Creator Frank on September 22, 2012

      With all these new OS support, Froyo and Gingerbread better both be supported

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      Creator Donald Hansen Jr. on September 22, 2012

      Looks like it won't be long now. Can't wait. Nice and sharp design. I think we have ourselves a winner.

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      Creator Tom Carlson on September 22, 2012

      If this is your only KickStarter-backed project, please stop complaining about not knowing a shipping date. Please.

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      Creator Kevin Marriott on September 22, 2012

      I can't wait for my pebble!!!!!!

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      Creator Tom Wilkinson on September 22, 2012

      I just want to know when they are shipping? I thought they were going out this month.

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      Creator Brett Hamilton on September 22, 2012

      First, great update. I'm tremendously encouraged that you've already got your tooling made.

      Second, don't listen to whoever was encouraging you to just push it out the door quickly and fix the software later in a v1.1 update. That's a terrible approach, and most people I talk to are tired of paying to be beta testers.

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      Creator Larry Kluger on September 22, 2012

      You should include "Designed in Palo Alto" on the back!

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      Creator Arnold A Sitorus on September 22, 2012

      About the cradle that charging the Pebble.
      Could it have a female micro USB port instead direct cable or even better is they have both?
      So we can use any common micro USB charger when traveling and to avoid having to replace/repurchase another charging cradle when the cable is broken?
      I know there has to be a special connector to charge the Pebble for waterproofing but I'm talking about the connection between the cradle and the power source.

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      Creator Travis Tidmore on September 22, 2012

      I agree with the above comment on ship dates vs updates. I would much rather keep getting he detailed updates so we can see the progress over being constantly told a mfg date that keeps getting pushed back.

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      Creator Martin McInulty on September 22, 2012

      @PL Fritz - standard 22mm watch strap so can replace with any strap you wish

      anybody that requests an delivery date should get moved to the end of the line, pebble team take your time to get the bugs out

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      Creator PL Fritz on September 22, 2012

      Please have a watch band that will fit larger wrists. I have had problems with Garmin GPS watch straps being too small. I do not recall seeing a specifications on the watch band.

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      Creator wowcoop (deleted) on September 22, 2012

      Again it would be incredible if you could get the watches from the Emerald Chronometer
      App onto Pebble.

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      Creator Keith D. Bruce on September 22, 2012

      I know you guys are working your backsides to a pulp on this project. You're absolutely fabulous about keeping us updated. Thanks! The release of iOS6 was expected and the way you're handling it is absolutely professional and indicative of your commitment to quality over expedience. Stay on track and finish what promises to be a great product. The "instant gratification" folks will complain but the majority of us who want a quality product that works will wait patiently while you guys do the "right" things. Do this one "right" and the next 10 or 15 products you bring to the public will have long lines 10 deep to purchase. I remain a devoted Apple addict (20+ years!) precisely because that's exactly what they do. They send us innovative and brilliant, well designed, beautifully manufactured products that work that they stand behind. That formula ALWAYS works. Cheers, KB

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      Creator michael pincheira on September 22, 2012

      x5 for the China stamp removal, also what would be sick since it looks like it might be possible, is to make the main housing out of aluminum, more expensive but it would be worth it, maybe later on after the initial backers receive theirs

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      Creator Simon Woolley on September 22, 2012

      Thanks guys. Appreciate all the hard work and can't wait to get hold of mine!

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      Creator matt on September 22, 2012

      updated delivery date?

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      Creator Alex Wendler on September 22, 2012

      @Ryan, actually you're not an investor. At all. You donated to a project you believe in at a level that should get you a preorder. Investors expect things like regular updates, inside information, and guarantees. FYI, you have exactly 0 of those.

      This will of course come through because this is an established, competent company, but please don't consider yourself an "investor" in anything on Kickstarter.

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      Creator Niraj Sanghvi on September 22, 2012

      x4 on the China stamp removal, if possible

      Aside from that, great update and great progress!

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      Creator Jeffrey Tschiltsch on September 22, 2012

      Thanks for the detailed update, especially on the Android SDK. After spending two days with an I'm Watch (horrendous experience) I am *really* looking forward to getting my Pebble!!

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      Creator Ryan Hildebrant on September 22, 2012

      Looking good. I for one am glad you guys are taking the time to make sure every detail is perfect. I think it is also fantastic that you are working out all kinks in the SDKs getting developers to put support for the Pebble into their apps will really drive it. I can't wait to get my Pebble, but I also can't wait to see what 3rd party developers come up with.

      I love that you guys are so thorough in your updates, but I would agree we should get occasional updates on the timetable. We're all investors in your product, we all believe in it. You would not be facing a huge backlash. I think that most here would be very receptive to something like "We can't make a solid estimate for shipping yet, but we anticipate shipping before x."

      Keep up the awesome work!

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