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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 Nito Melendez on October 15, 2012

      My pebble will increase my 'Swaggability' by allowing me activate my own theme song when I enter a room via bluetooth, or if I'm being captive I can bluff by saying I'm checking the time...while unbeknownst to them I'm receiving critical mission sensitive text messages from the phone they took away from me. SSSH!

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      Creator Todd Sherman on October 15, 2012

      Looking forward to getting this watch!

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      Creator David Taylor on October 15, 2012

      Since 1997, I have tried to find a replacement for my beloved Timex Data Link 150S (model 69931) watch (http://www.timexoutlet.com/detail.asp…). When I was the Navy, this baby's ability to update from a diskette and any computer with a CRT, with its lightweight and water resistance design, kept me organized and on time as a fully functional PDA. This watch was irreplaceble when it finally died long after MTBF (mean time before failure). I plan to enjoy keeping my phone in my pocket where my diskette used to live, and my functional PDA on my wrist where it belongs..

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      Creator Joe Gaucher on October 15, 2012

      I can prove I'm from Mars...just look at the back of my watch!!!

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      Creator Amir Zonozi on October 15, 2012

      I'm going to use my Pebble to enjoy life, wirelessly, yet connected to the world.

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      Creator David Uzvalok on October 15, 2012

      I'll use pebble to read texts, change music and as a watch. Ill show it off a lot and Ill write a program that would allow it to be use as a camera trigger on my iphone

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      Creator Adrian Wakinshaw on October 15, 2012

      I plan to to use my pebble to completely ignore my wife when see she sends me an message asking me to pick up groceries from the local store!

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      Creator Tim Julian on October 15, 2012

      I create an app to controll time by my pebble, so i will win every paintball game i play. I just have to hack time and play in slow motion - u remember neo in matrix? ;) or just switch back and forth in time?..
      But the best thing will be the pebble guided paintball missile i will Invent soon...muhahahahar

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      Creator Jörg Tappe on October 15, 2012

      Pebble improves Karma...just wear it and become wise :)

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      Creator Liz Cherene on October 15, 2012

      Rocks, Pebbles, Sand – A story about setting priorities, managing your time and The Important Things in Life! ..... Pebble - check... now if I can just figure out the Rocks and Sand

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      Creator Francisco Vargas on October 15, 2012

      Is there an updated delivery?

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      Creator Elias Borøchstein Syslak on October 15, 2012

      I would love to have one of those t-shirts!
      Keep up the good work, and I am looking forward to having the Pebble on my wrist!

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      Creator Waltmann, Roy on October 15, 2012

      I am using my Pebble to run my first marathon.

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      Creator Marco on October 15, 2012

      So, I am going to save the world! Don't know how but I am sure I'll figure it out as soon as I have my pepple on my wrist.

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      Creator Marina Malaguti on October 15, 2012

      I am using my pebble to enhance my car tech-awesomeness. I want to open/lock doors, control stereo, and even pop-up trunk.. :D Good Pebble everyone!

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      Creator Pascal Lemaire (deleted) on October 15, 2012

      i'm using my pebble to avoid having to look at my boss asking about these TPS reports...

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      Creator raxitron on October 15, 2012

      I'm using my Pebble to do ANYTHING except pay attention to that terribly boring morning meeting!

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      Creator Steve Wang on October 15, 2012

      Checking text messages and emails from the Pebble instead of having to use my phone.

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      Creator Steve Corning on October 15, 2012

      I will be using Pepple to control the sountrack to my juggling/comedy/music show I tour all over New England. Pebble will although me to trigger cues right from my wrist without having to have a computer on stage. Awesome!

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      Creator Joshua Ruegg on October 15, 2012

      I'll either use my Pebble to get silent alerts so as not to attract the attention of zombies or I'll have to smash it upon receipt so Skynet can't track me. It really depends on which apocalypse happens first.

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      Creator Phil Palombi on October 15, 2012

      Okay, here's my comment about what I'm planning to do with my Pebble so I can win a T-Shirt.

      Technically, it's what I'm planning on NOT doing with my Pebble that's important. That's the breakthrough. I'm NOT going to be looking at my iPhone every three seconds for information!

      How many times are you sitting there with friends and you hear or feel a text come in. You REALLY want to see who just texted you, but you don't want to disrupt the hang by pulling your phone out. I can't wait until I can discretely look at my Pebble without making the people around me feel like my phone is more important than the current moment.

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      Creator Aurelio Tinio on October 15, 2012

      Read message from Dick Tracy.

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      Creator Karib Chiang on October 15, 2012

      First, show off to friends the coolest iPhone companion on hand*
      Second, show off to colleagues the coolest iPhone companion on hand*
      And third, show off... again and again and again....
      * wrist actually :-)

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      Creator Brett on October 15, 2012

      I can't wait until I am checking my messages and emails while skiing the slopes. My phone is usually buried under many layers, so this is going to be epic! Thank you Pebble!!

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      Creator Nick on October 15, 2012

      Writing a time control app.

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      Creator mauro betancourt on October 15, 2012

      A day in my Pebble's life:

      5:45 am I acknowledge my phone's alarm from my Pebble.
      6:20 am, Why did I put this song in my workout list? It's bringing me down, I'll forward from my Pebble without missing a step on the treadmill.
      10:15 am, I steal a glance at my Pebble during a meeting, it's a calendar alert for the next meeting, time to wrap it up!
      1:20 pm, why all the emails come while I'm trying to have a quick lunch, let's see, spam, spam, not important, more spam, OK, this one is important, I'll have to put down the sandwich and read this.
      3:00 pm, who schedules these conferences in the afternoon, try not to fall asleep, try not fall asleep, vibration from my Pebble jolts me awake, hey it's a whassap message from my wife: "Mom is Babysitting, dinner and movie tonight? xoxo" Yes!!
      8:15 pm, Man, this movie is better than I expected, oops, wrist vibrating, message from Nana: "Only a few diapers left, bring more on the way home" Thanks for the heads up! How I wish everyone in the theater had a Pebble, do they really need to check their FB while they watch a movie?
      11:00 pm, Good night Baby, Good night Wife, Good night Pebble, it's been a great day together.

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      Creator Randy Reyes on October 15, 2012

      Going to switch tracks and look at emails while I am out running or going to any conventions in the near future.

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      Creator Yvon Sevigny on October 15, 2012

      With the appropriate software running on my iPhone 5, I'll never leave behind my iPhone 5 ... at last !!!

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      Creator Breon Howe on October 15, 2012

      This contest is pointless. All backers should get a tee shirt. I gave you my money six months ago, its getting close to the holiday season and nothing is stopping me from dropping my order and going to a competitor, maybe one with a color display. I know they are working as fast as they can but updates every two weeks means we are not close to a release date. My patience is growing thin

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      Creator Chris Patti on October 15, 2012

      I want to design a Masonic time watch face, with the date in the Masonic calendar (e.g. this is the year 6012 AL) and displaying various Masonic symbols that are tied to different times of day.

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      Creator Joshua Murphy on October 15, 2012

      I will feed altitude from my smartphone so I know when to pull the parachute when I jump from outer space.

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      Creator andsca99 on October 15, 2012

      WATCH THE TIME AND CHANGE THE MUSIC

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      Creator avreen on October 15, 2012

      i would eat it cause i am #pebblehungry right now

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      Creator Sauleil Menard-Lamarre on October 15, 2012

      Since pebble and Ouya are my favorite 2 projects on KickStarter, When I'll receive both of them, I'll try to hook them together somehow using both SDKs and make my pebble a nice remote control :)

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      Creator Juan Miguel Durán on October 15, 2012

      I will go to my meetings with my swiss usual watch in one hand and in the other hand my peeble. In this way They will remind me and my name.

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      Creator todd on October 15, 2012

      I would connect it to home automation. For example, if I could write an app that would automatically unlock my front door when I was near it. Or I could connect it to Twine to send me a text message if something happened, like the a door being opened when I wasn't home.

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      Creator Robrecht Vandemeulebroecke on October 15, 2012

      (Last version, I promise) PEBBLE USE THROUGH THE AGES

      There once was a caveman from Debel
      Who thought of himself as a rebel
      Made arrowheads, fire
      And bearskin attire
      All with a shiny black pebble.

      They say that young David from Judah
      Shot down -- using just a pea shooter
      And one teeny, tiny
      And probably shiny
      Black pebble -- a giant intruder.

      A wizard in ancient Cologne
      Who sought the philosopher's stone
      Believed it to be
      (Between you and me)
      A black-colored pebble that shone.

      Sir Newton took -- where? on the head!
      An apple, all shiny and red
      Well that's what they say
      But I tell you: nay
      A black pebble hit him instead.

      One day, the Galapagos Islands
      Erupted in finch-on-finch violence
      When one bearded tit
      Said “a pebble this fit
      Will evolve from its humble environs!”

      Fast forward to somewhere in Cali
      Where speeding to its grand finale
      A shiny and glowing
      Black Pebble is growing
      Not flint, but pure Silicon Valley.

      Today, in (of all places) Flanders
      This young geek excitedly ponders:
      The Pebble is back
      Still shiny and black
      Still capable of doing wonders!

      Like everyone else on the planet
      With Pebble (the watch, not the granite)
      I’ll do -- well, sort of
      All of the above!
      C’mon guys, that T-shirt, I want it!

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      Creator Carlos Fernandez on October 15, 2012

      I may read my messages without touching the phone and without the police fined me! :P

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      Creator Nate Slivka on October 15, 2012

      Turn off the sun, then demand "100 TRILLION DOLLARS" to turn it back on

      http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/d1/c6/b5/sean-k.jpg

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      Creator Sergio Sancho on October 15, 2012

      I can't wait any longer... I want my pebble, my treasure... Regards from Spain.

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      Creator Frank DeCastro on October 15, 2012

      I plan to develop an app that allows me to be allerted with a vibration and simple display of the name of the friend that is 500 feet from me using a mashup of apps. I also want to control my itunes songs in the car so i keep my eye on the road. Email alerts when i am at meetings and reminder of appointments when i am way fro the phone.

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      Creator Byron Coughlin on October 15, 2012

      Changing songs in the rain on the motorcycle.

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      Creator Peter McAndrew on October 15, 2012

      I'm planning to write an app for timing sports. My personal use would be for Australian Football, but will make it generic enough for other sports.

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      Creator Jud Bordman on October 15, 2012

      I want to use the pebble to better facilitate my PE class. Tracking information about activities!!

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      Creator Aaron Ching on October 14, 2012

      While walking the dog, Jack, I'll be able to check mileage or incoming calls without having to pull out the phone!

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      Creator jocrag on October 14, 2012

      Program pebble to give the time in Hebrew numbers. E.g., 12:56 would be אב:הו

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      Creator Alonzo Thomas on October 14, 2012

      I want to use pebble to become the world first watch dj and I'd be a cooler dj with the meet pebble shirt.

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      Creator Shahrouz Shoghian on October 14, 2012

      Pick ME for the t-shirt! i'll wear it with pride as well as the real deal Pebble. "It only take a Pebble to create wave high Ripples" - ME!

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      Creator Michael on October 14, 2012

      Decimal is so in right now. I want to make my pebble spit out the time in decimal time instead of the traditional sexagesimal time.

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      Creator Magdalene Teo on October 14, 2012

      Using my pebble to navigate the seas and catch the sunrises

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