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Update #21

Pre-Production Samples + Video

(Can't see the video? Click here to view it on Vimeo)

Things are moving fast in Pebble land. We're progressing rapidly through our Engineering Verification test stages. We've been spending a lot of time in Asia working with our manufacturing team and the various vendor factories that are supplying parts for Pebble. Two weeks ago, we did a sample build of Pebble with the full assembly line. The output of that sample build was a few of the first assembly line manufactured Pebbles!

Note:

Pebble is not in mass production yet. These sample Pebbles are from an early pre-production test build. We only turned the assembly line on for one day to test the process.

One of the first Pebbles off the test assembly line. Check out the video above for a closer look!

A view of the test assembly line

Soldering the battery to the main printed circuit board (PCB)

David (tall guy from Dragon) examining the vibrating-motor-into-case assembly process

You can view the high resolution versions of all these images and more in this album.

Roadmap

Environmental Testing

Now that we have more complete sample Pebbles to work with, we're beginning environmental testing. This means putting Pebble through its paces and seeing how the hardware holds up in a variety of everyday (and not so everyday) conditions. Here are just a few of the tests that Pebble is undergoing:

- salt water test
- water proofing test
- UV aging test 
- Drop test  
- Twist test with bands 
- Lens impact test 
- abrasion test 
- button reliability test 
- tension pull test with wrist straps installed 

Antenna testing

We can confirm that the issue we were having with the antenna (Update 18) has been conquered! The latest samples have vastly improved range and meet all of our requirements. Originally, our design included a chip antenna (similar to this), a simple antenna that's easy to use. But after testing back in August showed degradation of the signal inside a test Pebble, we redesigned the radio-frequency (RF) path. We switched to a custom-built antenna solution that uses metal traces positioned to be higher above the bottom of the watch, allowing the RF signal to be clear of water-filled cylinder that is a human wrist.

2-3 test builds remaining before mass production

Before we get into mass production (ie manufacturing all 85,000 Pebbles), we have several more test builds to complete. A test build is when we get the whole assembly line into place and manufacture/assemble a batch (normally around 50-300) of Pebbles. These test builds give us the chance to test the end-to-end manufacturing process, catching problems, testing new solutions and eliminating bugs. These are our major opportunities to revise and fix any problems with the design or manufacturing process, so we're being extremely diligent and careful. 

Testing different variations of batteries, vibrating motors and backlight modules

For example, we have several different vendors lined up to provide components for Pebble like the vibrating motor, battery and flexible printed circuit (FPC). In these test builds, we are qualifying each vendor's components and making sure that they are suitable for us to use. Having multiple vendors available for high risk components allows us to switch one component out for another in mass production if issues or delays arise with that specific part.

Color Pebbles

Check out the video to see a few samples of the color Pebbles. We aren't happy with the precise colors, so we're still working on tweaking the plastics. As soon as we're happy with the colors, we'll post high resolution photos in a future update.

T-shirts giveaway!

Here's your chance to get one of our cool 'Meet Pebble' t-shirts that I was wearing in the video. All you have to do is tell us what you're planning on doing with your Pebble ("Checking email while paragliding" or "Skipping music tracks from the bath tub" or even "Writing an app to control the sun..."). Post your answer in the comments section below. We'll choose our 10 favourite answers and give the responder a red or grey a 'meet pebble' t-shirt (their choice).

Thanks again for backing us, Pebblers!

Eric + Pebble Team

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      Creator Gus Osimitz on November 11, 2012

      I am really looking forward to using pebble for teleportation. It will also be great for zapping out street lamps like in the first harry potter movie!

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      Creator c.macd on November 10, 2012

      Skipping tracks whilst working, neurosurgery keeps your hands full, no time to pull out an iPhone. Will improve usage of iPhone considerably, until ithoughtPhone is released in 2023 or so I thought.

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      Creator don clay on November 10, 2012

      When will the Pebble app to turn off the sun be released??? :D

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      Creator Martin on November 10, 2012

      What I plan to do with my new Pebble : Show my wife that men can multi-task :)

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      Creator Ken Chiang Jian Hao on November 10, 2012

      Hi, it's been while since I check on the updates. :) I agree with you Eric, I like the "quality and awesomeness" in your video update. Good job guys!

      Ken

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      Creator Peter Owbridge on November 6, 2012

      I am eager to use my pebble to control the soundtrack to my life, especially while skipping *pebbles* across a smooth, flat pond... ;)

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      Creator Andrzej on November 1, 2012

      I'm eager to wrap pebble around my wrist, so definitely going to wait and see. As a backer there is certainly some impatience involved though...

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      Creator Jim Sellers (deleted) on October 29, 2012

      I plan to go full on Dick Tracy and use my Pebble to communicate with my cronies and stop crime. I have been waiting since the 60's for this.

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      Creator Charles Birdman Desouza on October 27, 2012

      I will connect most of the electronics in my home to a microcontroller. I will then write an app to control that microcontroller from my pebble watch. Forgot to turn the lights or heater off? No probs, just gotta push a button on my watch. Feeling to paranoia? Add motion sensors to my room that would alert me through my watch to alert me of any intruders.

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      Creator Jolin on October 26, 2012

      I admit I would like to have one in my hands, that being said I would rather wait & have a quality product. Like some people I bought it as a gift for a November birthday, if I don't get it in time it will become a Christmas gift. If it still isn't here by then well there's Valentines Day, etc. Thanks guys! No matter what day it is my man will love it!

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      Creator Pedro Malheiro on October 25, 2012

      Yey!
      I almost have my watch and even win a T-Shirt?
      Awsomeness!!!!!

      Congrats for all the work progress!

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      Creator Kai Detmers on October 25, 2012

      Spotify control would very nice.

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      Creator Márcio Kawahata on October 25, 2012

      Good afternoon friends! I will use my pebble to mark the time that I have sex with my wife and even doing the swap get music from my iPhone. thank you

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      Creator Michael Wang on October 25, 2012

      Checking updates from my iPhone without getting in trouble from the wife at the dinner table!

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      Creator peter syvertsen on October 25, 2012

      soooooooo - when do you plan on delivering your product?

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      Creator Steven McMahon on October 25, 2012

      Controlling Spotify, checking on emails and hopefully texts on my iPhone 5 through the pebble, possibly while biking.

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      Creator Davy Timmermans on October 25, 2012

      New update please

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      Creator Davy Timmermans on October 25, 2012

      New update please. Your have promised us a update every 2 weeks.
      Oh yeah, keep up the good job!

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      Creator Ian Sugerman on October 25, 2012

      Check the status of our beer keg via Kegmate from kegbot.org

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      Creator Dean on October 25, 2012

      I will pass my Pebble thru the left sleeve of my "meet pebble t-shirt" every day on our way out to new adventures of awesomeness! (Better send me a few so I don't have to do laundry so much!)

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      Creator richie on October 25, 2012

      I'm sure that the pebble in black is so cool, that it will become most powderfull gadget of the Man in Black, just like the "sun swallowing black hole app". Neuralizer-App!

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      Creator Rasmus Ahlberg on October 25, 2012

      Looking forward to using my FlatTireRunningLate App (complete with updated ETA) on my Pebble when bad luck strikes on my daily fixie commute to work. Will shave off valuable minutes not having to pull the phone out and compose a message before replacing the tube.

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      Creator BroerBikkel on October 25, 2012

      My pebble is going to outsmart my phone.

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      Creator Matthew Green on October 25, 2012

      I want to use the pebble to control my iphone remotely. An easy to deploy bug, camera etc... practical joke potential is limitless

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      Creator Alan Bowen on October 25, 2012

      I can't wait to wear my Pebble 24/7 and check messages right on my wrist and control my tunes and .... the opportunities just seem endless.

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      Creator Kubocentral on October 25, 2012

      Use it as a "cool" watch... to tell time.

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      Creator Jeffrey Wong on October 25, 2012

      Thanks for the updates!!! And the black Pebble looks awesome!! I am going to change my color choice to one orange and one black. By the way, you update also help me to satisfy my girlfriend for awhile as she keeps asking me where is her Pebble...LOL

      As plan, I am going to use my Pebble to remote trigger my DSLR shutter, aperture or other photography accessories connected. Hopefully the SDK can provide me a way to achieve that.

      Other than that, I definitely will wear my Pebble to make my friends jealous. LOL

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      Creator Luis Fernandez on October 25, 2012

      Thanks for the news!!!!! I cant's wait to have the Pebble and the T-shirts as well. Definitely, i will explore in the development of apps

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      Creator m4zil on October 24, 2012

      I will time my Giant Slalom ski race, then minute I go through the finish line, I can email the result! That'll be awesome!

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      Creator patryanvb on October 24, 2012

      I'm planning to use my Pebble to enhance my "street cred" with a younger generation. Although it'll work on the high school and college age kids I coach, I probably won't be telling my wife that it's anything but a watch because that would enhance my "geek cred" with her.

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      Creator Doug Frost on October 24, 2012

      I need my Pebble, period. When can I have it?

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      Creator Kurt Sfiligoi on October 24, 2012

      i need my pebble so i can check my emails while deep sea fishing riding a whale shark

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      Creator Werner Schneider on October 24, 2012

      i need the pebble to open my garage from my tie fighter. SO i can fly straight in it, without stopping the flight.

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      Creator Gamble Anderson on October 24, 2012

      I plan on using it to check the time and for texts and such without pulling my phone out of my pocket like a jerk.

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      Creator Suraj Thapa on October 24, 2012

      Wow, I really excite to get it and play it like iPhone and hope this will be shipping as a Christmas gift wrapping with wishing card, I'm 40 yrs of age n excite to see my gift as like 4 yrs kid hahaha, first things to do in my Pebble watch is to play a song on iPhone through HiFi n controlling a song without show to my 20 year's son to make him puzzle. Thank you pebble developer team.

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      Creator Kieth H. Vey on October 23, 2012

      I'll be using my Pebble as another way to procrastinate from tasks I'm supposed to be tending too. Just like any good gadget should be able to do. =)

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      Creator rileyjshaw on October 23, 2012

      I'll use my Pebble to track and improve my sleep patterns and log my workout stats using the accelerometer. Need to get my hands on the SDK first, though :)
      I'll also use it (if possible) to push triggers to a webserver that my Raspberry Pi is watching... sleek TV remote on my wrist.
      + I'll share my creations with other Pebblers.

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      Creator Aart Schuuring on October 23, 2012

      Meet other Dutch Pebblers and tell them I got the t-shirt for free. Trying to get stuff cheap is our national habbit.....

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      Creator Mark Worley on October 23, 2012

      I will be petitioning all of my favourite app developers to integrate Pebble functionality directly into all their apps!

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      Creator James Fielder on October 23, 2012

      Checking the time on the binary watchface while doing octal math in my head.

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      Creator Corey Melton on October 23, 2012

      fresh from the factory in "Asia" HAHAHA! from our factory in "Southern Chi-Taiwan". Dude, theyre made in China, its okay, no biggie

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      Creator Joseph C. Ellett on October 23, 2012

      I'm going to love the Pebble simply because it will allow me to know which calls I can IGNORE without taking my phone out of my pocket!

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      Creator Grrr on October 23, 2012

      *in old man voice*

      I will show it off to my Grandchildren in 2034 when it finally ships...

      Hope it works with the iPhone 25 LTEEEEEE I will have then!

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      Creator Tish Ramirez on October 23, 2012

      i can't wait for my pebble! since i work at a hospital----I will be checking who is calling me or reading messages as i do my patient rounds. keep up the great work!!

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      Creator David Mitchell on October 23, 2012

      You guys are awesome. Keep up the good work and keep us posted. Fingers crossed shipping will be by Christmas but like you said, awesomeness and quality come first.

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      Creator Rupert Schober on October 23, 2012

      Enjoy the beauty of functionality!

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      Creator Bart Wiegman on October 23, 2012

      Does the "turn off the sun" app alos work in Europe?

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      Creator David McAfee on October 23, 2012

      When I get my Pebble, I am going to show it off to everyone I know and start developing apps for the platform. I would use my Pebble for enhancing the use of my smartphone in as many ways as possible by getting a load of helpful apps.

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      Creator Mary Buckley on October 23, 2012

      Mary Buckley
      I'm updating my comment since I was thought we were supposed to post a comment on where we would wear the shirt but my comment still stands which says I will have the opportunity to let people know about the Pebble Technology team behind the watch and their ingenuity, trust,faith in their product and people.

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      Creator Mary Buckley on October 23, 2012

      I'll be wearing the Pebble shirt while I'm helping people get rid of pain as a physical therapist . I'll also wear it while I'm working out in the gym in the biggest loser competition and especially while I'm singing in the choir at church or doing a solo. It will give me the opportunity to start a conversation about putting your faith in a project that you believe in . Also it will give me the opportunity to talk about working on goals that you don't give up on and how you can find a way to succeed even when you have to step out of the box to do so. But the most important thing is to have love for people, establish trusting relationships with the goal of helping everyone succeed. It appears that the Pebble Technology Team is all of the above.

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