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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 Ivan De Marino on October 17, 2012

      I'm going to use the Pebble to check email, sms and more from my phone, leaving it in my backpack. Ah, and also checking my speed and other stats while cycling!

      PS Do I remember correctly that an integration with Runkeeper is coming?

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      Creator Chase on October 17, 2012

      I mainly plan to use my Pebble to assist with my life as an Instructional Technology Consultant at the University of Michigan. We always must be on the cutting edge and this is the perfect example! I look forward to showing off its capabilities to our other staff and faculty.

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      Creator Dainius Blynas on October 17, 2012

      My shipping address has changed. Have you already collected this information from me? If so, I would like to change it. Thanks.

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      Creator Arian Uruqi on October 17, 2012

      I'll be using my Pebble to guide me when I'm road biking (getting the directions from the connected smart phone). 150m, 100m, 50m, left arrow (yes, I'm using metrics).

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      Creator Muhammed ikbal AYDIN on October 17, 2012

      I'll be using my Pebble to check my daily updates from my servers without going out from my bed so my wife wont get tired at the middle of the night anymore :)

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      Creator DrFrag on October 17, 2012

      I'll be using my pebble to control my fish tank. Checking temperatures or toggle the feeder. My fishes will be happy, whereever I am :-)

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      Creator Oscar Bazaldúa on October 17, 2012

      I'll be using my Pebble to write an app to send fast response SMS to missed calls or other SMS recieved while driving!

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      Creator Ed Lisle on October 17, 2012

      I'll be using my Pebble, riding my Harley Davidson motorcycle, then getting a message from my wife that's it time to come home. Both designed in the USA.

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      Creator Jon Miles on October 17, 2012

      I'm going to write an app that times downhill mountain bike runs without the need to use a button to start and stop a the stopwatch and also collects data on how hard the run was on heart and body.

      So effectively a training aid. I will also be using runkeeper and Pebble to train for my first marathon!

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      Creator Mauricio G. on October 17, 2012

      Is there a way we can just buy the T-shirt? So much easier!

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      Creator Chilli Santiago on October 17, 2012

      I'll be saying to my son "Look what you can have if you do well in your exams"

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      Creator Karan Rao on October 17, 2012

      Trek to a few remote village in Asia, use gestures to overwhelm people, get addicted to god status!

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      Creator William C Sallai on October 17, 2012

      I'll be pleased to have an awesome timepiece that keeps me connected to my iPhone and show everyone that I am such a tech geek that they will call me Ozone Bill! I am loving Kickstarter as the next way of getting venture capital raised for interesting products and services.

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      Creator James Sadlier on October 17, 2012

      A remote shutter.

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      Creator Jin Kyung Pak on October 17, 2012

      I'll be using my Pebble to notify me when it's my family's birthday and even my anniversary. :X

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      Creator Clay Dittman on October 17, 2012

      Will be using pebble to show off. As an I.T. Guru and specializing in mobile phones I will make sure everyone knows how awesome my watch is. I kind of wish i could dictate to the watch! Anyhow... my company will probably order a few of these to start and tons more if it pulls out without a hitch. We have lots of people who need to stop yanking out their cell phone on the job. Anywho that's my practical bit.

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      Creator Damion Tatum on October 17, 2012

      the longer it takes, the better it'll be. Keep up the good work, thanks for the updates, and i cant wait to wear my pebble watch when the day comes!!! :)

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      Creator Timothy Brown on October 16, 2012

      I'm going to use my Pebble to tell time. ;)

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      Creator Andrew Yang on October 16, 2012

      Will use Pebble to remotely control my Mark VII suit when Jarvis is on holiday.

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      Creator Robert C Margerum Jr on October 16, 2012

      I bought an iPod 5 to use this watch with! Can't wait to run, listen to music, and use my watch to control everything except for my legs!

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      Creator Travis Browning on October 16, 2012

      I'm going for a run on the beach without needing to slow down to diddle with my phone!

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      Creator Fuad Alakbarov on October 16, 2012

      I have a dream. I want to read "War and Peace" on my Pebble...

      (while sitting on a toulet... for one year)

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      Creator Kalyani Urs on October 16, 2012

      I plan on giving the watch to my husband and ask him to be punctual (and I get to keep the t-shirt) :D

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      Creator Kelsey Lakia on October 16, 2012

      I'm a wedding photographer and I plan on inputting their day's schedule into google and syncing that with my pebble so that I can make sure that I keep their day running smoothly and be notified if anyone from the wedding party is calling me without ever having to retrieve my phone out of the bottom of my camera bag. :) AKA. Decrease my liability and increase performance! Thanks Pebble!

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      Creator Robert Watson on October 16, 2012

      I cant wait to get mine and hopefully play with a SDK for iPhones???? sometime soon

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      Creator RL Pilcher on October 16, 2012

      I'm planning on using this watch for running on my college team and also I do love skydiving so I will do so and check messages like your example above. Also the handy change song from the watch is going to be very usefull on a day to day bases

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      Creator Mattias Harneman on October 16, 2012

      I will most definitely try and swim with mine and keep track of my rounds in pool of the public bath. Needs to come up with a way to keep that iPhone dry so it can be connected to Runkeeper Live :)

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      Creator Andrew Bertke on October 16, 2012

      I'm just looking forward to wearing a watch for the first time in 15 years.

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      Creator Carl Mead on October 16, 2012

      I was thinking I would use it to tell time. Well and skip tracks while I'm washing the dishes, and knowing which txt msgs I can just ignore while doing the same.

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      Creator Stuart Pendleton on October 16, 2012

      I sure hope one of your operability tests for the Pebble includes sending it to the Zero-Gravity Research Facility (B-2) at Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. I just dropped 51 million for a seat on the next space trip to the International Space Station. And no, I don't sing!

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      Creator Andrew Borts on October 16, 2012

      What if we removed the water filled cylinder and replaced it with say an adamantium claw of some sort? Also - is this watch going to be Hook compatible for our pirates who may have been caught in a wind-storm on deck under a mast?

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      Creator Chris Mcnally on October 16, 2012

      When you get the new colors, can you show them on your wrist so I can tell what mine might look like? Thanks!

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      Creator Chris Mcnally on October 16, 2012

      I'll use it when I ride my bike. hopefully for navigation, for letting me know my speed and distance, and so I can get messages and notifications and keep my eyes on the road. No more phone flying out of my hand and under the wheels of a truck when I try to check the map.

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      Creator Orlando Antongiorgi on October 16, 2012

      No fair!! I never received this update via email form... if anything i'd make an app to make sure to send out email updates to everyone :-D

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      Creator 阿米 on October 16, 2012

      Create an app to notify me when I've forgotten to take my phone with me... and to help me find where I left it.

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      Creator Todd Breiholz on October 16, 2012

      I'll write an app to keep track of time and score in my daughter's soccer games. I can finally keep my phone in my pocket!

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      Creator Sascha Jungnitz on October 16, 2012

      Goin to use it in my everyday student life, well pretty basic use but it will improve the way I use my phone totally!

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      Creator Djin Park on October 16, 2012

      I'll use my Pebble to broadcast "hello, world!" message to all other Pebbles around my location! Yay! Pebble world!

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      Creator John Brennan on October 16, 2012

      I'm going to use the Pebble for keeping track of everything happening in work, as well as figure out how many drinks of Whiskey I'm having every day!

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      Creator Tim Routzahn on October 16, 2012

      Attempt to wear all 10 Pebbles on one arm!!

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      Creator Jose A Rivera Olivo on October 16, 2012

      Pebble will help me to control my life and my surrounding..... Pebble will complete me..It's like "Join the force" and remember other Smart watches... "Mess with the best... Die like the rest" :)

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      Creator Tales Porto on October 16, 2012

      Shut-up and give me my Pebble!!!

      Sorry... i needed say it!!!
      I will develop one app for control my gym training!!!

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      Creator John Harris on October 16, 2012

      Make people who bought a Sony SmartWatch wish they'd backed pebble instead...

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      Creator DM on October 16, 2012

      I will keep it in a safe place while not wearing it... next to my casio databank.
      It will teach the casio databank humility.

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      Creator Jake on October 16, 2012

      With my Pebble I'd develop a Kickstarter "Update Notification" App to bring it back to where it all began.

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      Creator Robert Cha on October 16, 2012

      Prominently display an animated horse on the Pebble while doing the Gangnam Style horsey dance.

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      Creator Neil Finnegin on October 16, 2012

      I can't wait for "my" Pebble, however, I rather wait to get the top quality product(maybe even with surprises)... Take your time guys and get it right before final production.... This could be the watch that "Everyone" has to have if done right! I believe it really could be & that's why I believed in your vision for backing....... For all those pushing for delivery, patience is a virtue........

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      Creator Robert Alexander on October 16, 2012

      I can't wait to use my pebble for golfing! I hope my favorite golf GPS apps pick up the pebble sdk. Also, now with the loss of the iPod Nano watch, the pebble can take off even more!

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      Creator brad doxey on October 16, 2012

      I would use my Pebble to create and app to travel back in time so that I could show you guys an awesome watch that you could design and place on a cool site called Kickstarter. After I then order another one, I patiently wait for development of the watch I had showed you. Then I would enter a contest for a free T-shirt, get my Pebble and create and app to travel back in time...

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