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Pebble is a customizable watch. Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your phone.
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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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Comments

    1. Creator Tim Gildersleeve on October 11, 2012

      I'll be using Pebble as my first watch in 15 years, since it will let me do so much more than just tell time.

    2. Creator Jonathan Campos on October 11, 2012

      I plan to use my pebble for many things but one is to be an easy timer when cooking with my outdoor oven.

    3. Creator Denis Dzyubenko on October 11, 2012

      I am going to see if it is possible to write a remote control app for VLC, XBMC, Plex media players.

    4. Creator 3xken.com on October 11, 2012

      YEEEES!

      hhhheeeeree

      meeee

      T-Shirt

      pls!

      I

      Love

      Pebble!!!!

    5. Creator Joel Lucsy on October 11, 2012

      Use my Pebble to keep track of Pebble updates!

    6. Creator nuthinking on October 11, 2012

      Besides doing some apps for it... I would wear it with pride! ;)

    7. Creator Fred Bals on October 11, 2012

      Checking my mail while walking my cat, Bear

    8. Creator Narayan Iyengar on October 11, 2012

      Step 1: Get pebble watch
      Step 2: ?
      Step 3: Profit

    9. Creator Peter on October 11, 2012

      I will be using it to further reduce the life of the battery in my phone!

    10. Creator Stephen Donaghy on October 11, 2012

      I plan to skip my pebble across the lake that is everyday life.

    11. Creator Jarred L on October 11, 2012

      Thanks for the update Eric but you gotta get off of reading cue cards or tele-prompters.. it's not you, and you can't say "awesomeness" off a cue card.. it just doesn't look good, specially when it sounds like you are now months behind schedule, your investors need to see the real you right now.

      You are a cool guy.. be yourself.

    12. Creator Gary Pess on October 11, 2012

      Will use to tell me the distance from the tee to the hole for my hole in one!

    13. Creator Dave LeFevre on October 11, 2012

      This looks like it is going well. I can't wait to get one... but I'd rather wait for them to be the best they can be first. I do IT was well and I am looking forward to getting email alerts on there without constant alert tones...

    14. Creator Jim Armbrust on October 11, 2012

      Running a 1/2 marathon backwards

    15. Creator Nathan Hoffman on October 11, 2012

      Show off reading emails +++, but never while driving ;-)

    16. Creator Norskman on October 11, 2012

      I will use my Pebble to rule the world! :)

      Perfect companion to my iPhone. I will finally wear a watch again.

    17. Creator Excrucibo on October 11, 2012

      I can't wait to DJ music on road trips using my watch! It'll be maaaad.

    18. Creator Joshua Louden on October 11, 2012

      I plan to build some software to sync my workout database across multiple android devices.

    19. Creator Matt Stock on October 11, 2012

      I am planning on receiving emails/notifications on it and looking forward to seeing what the Dev's are going to do with it. I most likely will be selling these for you. I go to school at Purdue and one thing we like here is technology!

    20. Creator Houston Keil-Vine on October 11, 2012

      Reading messages at stop lights without having to pull my phone from my bag!

    21. Creator Kit Farman on October 11, 2012

      I plan on using my pebble to change songs while driving!

    22. Creator Craig Sosonko on October 11, 2012

      Remotely control the NYC 6 train so it syncs up with my schedule. Well that or check what song is playing on my iphone while on the crowded 6 train.

    23. Creator apeironer on October 11, 2012

      I going to use my Pebble to trick people into thinking I'm a prototype Inspector Gadget

    24. Creator Jacob on October 11, 2012

      Really looking forward to skipping music tracks while in the car without having to (illegally) unlock and touch my smartphone.

    25. Creator Jeremy Franklin on October 11, 2012

      I plan on checking my text messages and emails in class without having to pull out my phone and getting caught by the professor. Education FTW!

    26. Creator Chris Nesbitt-Smith on October 11, 2012

      I hope to use my pebble to log my (awesome) skydives

    27. Creator Hira Bhangu on October 11, 2012

      I am planning on using my pebble to woo all the ladies. Something along the lines of "now look at the watch now back at me".

    28. Creator Wojtek Karbowski on October 11, 2012

      Will be able to check emails while having sex:)

    29. Creator Dipak Patel on October 11, 2012

      I plan on using my Pebble to listen to and control music, read text messages and track my position while riding my bike! Oh yeah, and making mall my friends and everyone I meet on the street INFINITELY jealous!!!

    30. Creator Cody Bettis on October 11, 2012

      Secretly checking my emails/texts in meetings!

    31. Creator Stephen Hackett on October 11, 2012

      My plan is to impress the ladies with my computer watch. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

    32. Creator MacGyverX on October 11, 2012

      SDK? :(

    33. Creator Dan Kotschorek on October 11, 2012

      My Primary purpose is to make all my friends and co-workers jealous. I'm a Geek, and proud to show it :)

    34. Creator Douglas Wai-Chung Bastien on October 11, 2012

      You should consider a freebie for your backers to make up for the delays for having unfortunately blasted through your $100,000 funding expectation that has caused so much delays. I'm not convinced you'll remember us when your product is out and you've made it big.

    35. Creator Hertz He on October 11, 2012

      I'm going to invoke Siri with pebble and curse her!

    36. Creator Arkitecht on October 11, 2012

      I am gonna use my pebble to check my email and my txts from my wrist, while writing some kick-ass pebble apps and other iOS goodness

    37. Creator Steve Simms on October 11, 2012

      As a fish finder alert when I'm out boating - watch this space!

    38. Creator Gordon Garb on October 11, 2012

      I plan to use the Pebble to tell me what time it is.
      I think it's so cool that this incredible instrument can loo like an ordinary (but stylish) wristwatch, yet be able to do all sorts of other wonderful things.

    39. Creator Erik Hulse on October 11, 2012

      I plan to use my pebble to pick up hot chicks.

    40. Creator Kimberly Burgess on October 11, 2012

      Checking my email and speed/distance/time while out on my mountain unicycle.

    41. Creator Sam Brandt on October 11, 2012

      I'm the Marketing Manager for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and I'll be using my pebble to check for online orders leading up to concerts and viewing live tweets before, during, and after our performances.

    42. Creator Richard Ellis on October 11, 2012

      I work in tv, I'm looking forward to using caller display and all the features will help me work on set discreetly without disrupting production. Can't wait! :D

    43. Creator Dan Blondell on October 11, 2012

      I will do everything with my Pebble. It will be my constant companion. Places you will be able to find me with my Pebble:
      - on dingy improv comedy stages around NYC
      - on a golf cart in Central Park
      - hiking in the Adirondacks
      - in the White House (on a tour maybe, who knows)

    44. Creator Thomas Shields on October 11, 2012

      Walking around crowded places waiting for people to ask me what time it is so I can read briefly some message on my pebble, exclaim 'great scott!' and run away.

    45. Creator Jim Roth on October 11, 2012

      I'm going to use my Pebble to time how long it takes to punch a bunch of nuns, then Tweet about the experience!

    46. Creator Douglas Ritter on October 11, 2012

      Let's get real. I'm selling mine on EBAY as soon as it's received! No -- just kidding! Just wanted to be the first person to say that and be honest! No actually -- I plan to wear it to work and tell everyone how cool Pebble is!

    47. Creator Robert Scarano on October 11, 2012

      I am developing an iOS running app and want to use the watch for visualizations.

    48. Creator Shonari Smith on October 11, 2012

      Can't wait to wear it skydiving in December. Hope someone comes up with a way to see my speed of decent. Great job so far guys...

    49. Creator Bryan Dort on October 11, 2012

      Receiving alerts from IT systems in a hospital setting.

    50. Creator Jordan on October 11, 2012

      My plan is to straight up make people jealous by rocking a watch that makes other watches look like kids toys.