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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 wesley Kluin on October 13, 2012

      When i get my pebble, i'm Looking forward to do some mars exploration with the curiosity, while
      remote controlling it with my pebble ;-)

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      Creator kecha on October 13, 2012

      Pebble has cool interface.
      It will be able to see a watch's face under the sunlight.
      That is so good.

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      Creator Christopher Nappi on October 13, 2012

      I'm a computer science teacher and I'm gonna look awesome wearing my pebble and having all my students be jealous that they don't have one... :)

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      Creator Don Warren on October 13, 2012

      Looking forward soon to people asking me- "Hey... who makes that watch?" :)

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      Creator Wesley Faulkner on October 13, 2012

      I ride a motorcycle and I would use my pebble to see if the person calling is worth me pulling over for.

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      Creator John Canady on October 13, 2012

      No real long explanation other than it would look really cool wearing a pebble tshirt while wearing my pebble watch.

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      Creator Adam Callahan on October 13, 2012

      I'm gonna use pebble to check text messages while I change dirty diapers (my daughter is a poopy monster).

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      Creator Patrick Earley on October 13, 2012

      I'm a journeyman bricklayer, and everything about my work is toxic to electronics. Cement dust, water, mud, and fingers embedded with mortar and sand, can mess up my iPhone in a hurry. Pebble is the perfect solution. Knowing who's calling, texting or emailing without digging the phone out from the pocket or the bag will help keep it in working order. The phone still won't come out of it's case, but the peace of mind knowing who's calling without reaching to get it every five minutes is invaluable. Not to mention that I might be able to use Pebble as a BT controller, leave the phone plugged in to the job radio, and listen/control the music without touching the phone (did I see volume control??), this thing is genius!

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      Creator fmachard on October 13, 2012

      Well I want to through my hat in the race for a cool t-shirt... but I don't really have a cool story about what I'll do with the pebble except for what it's meant to do. I a lowly tech geek who just loves new gadgets and electronics that will save me time and hassle.
      As far as the "delay" in manufacturing goes? I much prefer getting this a couple of months late and knowing that it's been tested and works. That said, December is just around the corner and this would make an excellent present to myself ;-)

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      Creator Kaushik Shankar on October 13, 2012

      What I'm planning to do with my Pebble:

      All My co-workers have different watches faces. I'm going to have my Pebble's watch face look like ALL of theirs by rotating the design!

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      Creator Jenny Wine on October 13, 2012

      I'm going to drop it in random sinks in random bathrooms and when people freak out I'll be like "it's okay...it's waterproof-oh look I got a text."

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      Creator EddieT on October 13, 2012

      I'm not allowed to pull out my smartphone during work to check messages as they come in. The Pebble will eliminate suspicious looks and work related warnings from my manager. The extra wait time for the Pebble to be shipped to me is actually a good thing. It will allow me sufficient time to think of all the excuses I'll need to tell my boss, why I am always looking at my watch. :)

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      Creator Doug Frost on October 13, 2012

      Now that Pebble's original estimated delivery date has come and gone, I think we deserve a new date.

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      Creator Mark Keyes on October 13, 2012

      I plan on showing off my Pebble to the crooks Im arresting as I apply the handcuffs to them. It'll go something like this "you are under arrest and oh by the way have you seen my new really cool Pebble watch, it connects to my iphone to keep me updated on everything!"

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      Creator David Doyle on October 13, 2012

      I would like to link my Pebble with a Getting-Things-Done app on my phone to remind me when I'm in a location that has a task associated with it: Pick up milk; Stop by the library etc

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      Creator Bert on October 13, 2012

      I will be in touch with a sick relative, even in meetings.

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      Creator Rogene Lacanienta on October 13, 2012

      I'm a grad student and I would love to write pebble apps that remind me of class deadlines and send updates on lab experiment results, directly to my wrist!

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      Creator Vasco Dunker on October 13, 2012

      Please support "Tasker" (on android) and the only professional runner/sports-tracking App "Run.GPS" !!! That would be AWSOME!

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      Creator Simon James on October 13, 2012

      Hello Pebble team, having just watched the update it's probably worth bearing in mind that while there are a lot of people out here clamouring for their product, there are probably many more of us who are content to wait while you get it right...! Chin up, chaps!

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      Creator Tim Parker-Smith on October 13, 2012

      I'll be sneakily checking my text messages in class - what a naughty teacher I am...

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      Creator Rafael D'Angelo on October 13, 2012

      As for the t-shirt contest, besides all the functionalities already mentioned (controlling iphone music, reading texts and mails, using gps, etc) I'll be using my Pebble on a home automation project I'm already working on. I hope to have it quickly working on my bluetooth stack to control lights, curtains, air conditioning, ambient music, alarm and many other things. I think I'll need extra support from you guys in the near future ;)

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      Creator Tyler on October 13, 2012

      I'm going to write a custom app to to help pebble users reach their goals and make the changes they want in their life.

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      Creator Simon James on October 13, 2012

      ...and after all, it is a watch and we all need to have a core skill set ;)

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      Creator Simon James on October 13, 2012

      I'm going to use my Pebble - wait for it - so that I know what the time is. I'm a bit of a traditionalist, really...

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      Creator Charles Butkus on October 13, 2012

      I wonder if my DigiSparks will be here in time to convert the arduino controls over to them.

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      Creator Patrick Robbe on October 13, 2012

      I'm going to use my pebble to track my progress when running a marathon, along with a GPS-enabled iPhone application.

      Oh, yes, one more thing, in case of emergency during the race (or at anytime), I'll have a timeface showing a QR code with emergency data (my name and address, person to call, etc.)

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      Creator Charles Butkus on October 13, 2012

      I'm going to integrate it with my arduino/ruby/iphone toilet flusher. http://www.youtube.com/watch… , the kinect voice control needs to go anyways. Then I'm going to create an app for https://www.botqueue.com to show the status of my 3d printers. After that I might have time to integrate it with an arduino controlled bbq smoker controller. Gotta keep an eye on the meats. Then I'll integrate my Nest thermostat into it as well.

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      Creator aki salo on October 13, 2012

      Read compass bearing while skiing Finland wilderness hunting polar bears.

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      Creator Tony on October 13, 2012

      Read the time, check a message, change songs, laser through a banks glass window James Bond style, then through the banks vault, steal money and buy more Pebbles.

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      Creator Tom Luder on October 13, 2012

      I will be using my pebble to fight crime.

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      Creator Patricia Oyson on October 13, 2012

      Aside from looking flashy and swaggerific with the matching Pebble watches my boyfriend and I will have? I'll hopefully get to use it to for swimming training! And changing the music while I'm out for a jog. Oh, and checking if I should answer my phone when my hands are tied. Oh, oh, I'll use it to control people's minds after someone makes that app. That's going to be an app. Right? :D

      By the way, things are looking great! :D So glad that you guys aren't rushing this project. I'd rather wait a long time for something amazing than get the Pebble watch early when it's not ready. :[

      <3

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      Creator W. Laging on October 13, 2012

      With my pebble and the "Turn down my partner volume" app I will have owsome T-shirt and a wonderful live.

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      Creator Henrik Finn Edtwodth Andersen on October 13, 2012

      Can't wait for my Pebble - hope before, but else it will be my christmas present for my self :)

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      Creator Mario Bieh on October 13, 2012

      Mmmhhh, wash my dirty shirts today or just post a comment for a brand new one.
      Easy decision!
      I NEED ONE OF THIS SHIRTS IMMEDIATELY! ;-)

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      Creator Rahimi Rusli on October 13, 2012

      Hey guys, I used the Time Travel With Pebble app on my Pebble X to send you an important message from the year 2022: You did not choose my comment as one of your favorite answers so the llamas are taking over world (they have already conquered half of the continents) and the penguins are surpassing us in nuclear weapon tech. GIVE ME A T-SHIRT FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND!!!

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      Creator Anthony Kwok on October 13, 2012

      I'd like to use it when I'm riding on my bike or using it for hiking in high mountains in China, such as the highest mountain of the world "The Godwin Austen" of Baltoro Karakoram. I hope to get it sooner before my journey begins because my plan is getting hot to set foot onto those hills.

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      Creator Kraksx Hacks on October 13, 2012

      I WANT A T-SHIRT !

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      Creator Edmund on October 13, 2012

      A few things I am waiting to do without taking my Galaxy Nexus out of my bag/pocket.

      Bicycle commuting: checking stats from My Tracks Android app, changing music tracks playing on TuneBug Shake, see who is calling.

      At the beach/on the boat: eInk screen sunlight readable, check weather VU information, check sunset and tide times, see who is calling and glance at texts.

      On vacation: walking turn by turn directions notifications from Google Maps, proximity alert for phone

      Edmund

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      Creator Rick Langley on October 13, 2012

      The pebble will let me sneakily get SMS messages while I'm at work and not allowed my phone.

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      Creator Amit Elek on October 13, 2012

      To call my unicorn to help me in battle, shouting is so harsh on my throat :)

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      Creator Andrew Nadworny on October 13, 2012

      The Pebble will be an integral part of my plan for world domination.

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      Creator Wilfred Wesseling on October 13, 2012

      I need my Pebble to wake me up early so I can enjoy my Pebble longer during the day.

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      Creator Miguel Ruiz on October 13, 2012

      Mainly, avoid using my phone while driving thus improving safety!
      And as normal usage I will use it to improve my iPhone experience every day! Now I wont have to take out my phone during meetings just to see who sent an email or what type of notification I am receiving.
      While doing some spinning or hiking I cant have same as above plus important data about my workout!

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      Creator Eric Hansen on October 13, 2012

      I'd like to use my Pebble to interface with the cycling app on my smart phone. The phone stays in my backpack for best GPS signal. I have no way to check it until I stop the bike.

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      Creator Alberto Bermejo on October 13, 2012

      I will fix my Pebble on a t-shirt to make my own 'meet pebble' t-shirt ;P

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      Creator Salvador Bettencourt Avila on October 13, 2012

      To control projections and LED walls at concerts..

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      Creator Kevin on October 13, 2012

      I will use my Pebble to show the world that I AM OVER 9000!!!

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      Creator Anders H Rudfoss on October 13, 2012

      When I get a Pebble I can finally see whose calling (and dismiss them if necessary), when I'm standing on top of a 2 meter ladder hanging a chandelier in the ceiling.

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      Creator Shannon Pruitt on October 13, 2012

      I will use my Pebble for Turn By Turn directions while on long bike rides thought the city!

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      Creator Ryan Fernandes on October 13, 2012

      I'm looking forward to using google maps while IN the great barrier reef!!

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