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

Posted by Pebble Technology (Creator)
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Dear Pebblers, 

 Without any further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived – we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll begin shipping Pebble on January 23rd. We’ve been working very hard for the past year to deliver something that we’re truly proud of...and we know that we would not have been able to do it without the support of our Backers. So thank you! 

We just wrapped up our live video demo of Pebble. You can review the video here: Please excuse the discolouring in the video; we will get that fixed up and reposted as soon as possible. 

In addition to previously mentioned features, your Pebble will include the following sensors that we'll enable with future updates: 

 · Magnetometer - we’ve added this in so you’ll have compass-like functionality 

 · Ambient light sensors - your Pebble watch will be able to understand how much light is available in its current environment 

 Also, as many of you have speculated, we can confirm that Pebble uses a magnetic charging cable. This was done to help achieve a 5ATM water resistance rating, perfect for running in the rain, skiing, swimming and washing dishes! And one last fun and useful tool – the accelerometer we’ve built into the watch allows you simply to tap or flick your wrist to turn on the backlight. 

We’re planning to continue our aggressive update cycle and ship new software updates every 2-3 weeks. Notably missing from our launch release is support for Runkeeper. We're working closely with RK and estimate that it should be enabled by the beginning of March. Sorry about that!

Thanks again, Pebblers!
Eric + Team

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    1. Lee Scott on

      Please take no notice of the drivel posted by all those twits during your presentation yesterday, they don't speak for me, or (I hope) the vast majority of us. I quite expected the Pebble to be late and your presentation to be slightly rough edged - you are are small start-up without the facilities of the huge corporations you are being compared to, what on earth were people expecting? (I left the video as I found the comments too distracting)
      I am looking forward to receiving my Pebble and am proud to have been in at the beginning.
      Good Luck and carry on!

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      Arne Sigurd Rognan Nielsen on

      Would be so great to have it on my wrist when I attend the IBM Connect 2013 conference in Orlando last week of january. 6.000 people that envy me my super new Pebble. Great marketing that would be! But, I guess it won't arrive in due time...

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      P on

      Thank you! Looking forward to my mail. Reading these comments some people cannot stop being negative. Someone should make an app for their watch with a bitching and moaning sound.

    4. Kiki on


      So happy! Toooooooo happy !!!




    5. Chapps on

      Really looking forward to getting my Pebble. Of course, now I want the clear one ...

    6. Teddy A Jasin on

      damnn... I want the clear watch :D

    7. Donald Hansen Jr. on

      Eric said in his Pebble speech at CES that he didn't know of any other watch that had an analog text time watch face. Well, I actually owned one. It's the Arnette AR02301. It's the same company that makes the sunglasses. They gave watches a try back in the mid-2000s, and they all swallowed a CR2032 battery in just over a years' time. Mine bit the dust when I dropped it and cracked the face open. It too was water resistant, and had many quirky features, like the Pebble. It's the main reason why I backed the Pebble. I hope you enjoy these pics, and maybe you can replicate some of them without infringing on patents or copyrights??? I'd love to see my old watch come back to life.


    8. Benedict Huang on

      If the watches begin shipping 23rd Jan, I hope they do arrive by the Lunar Chinese New Year. Hope the Pebble team takes note of this ;)

    9. CaffeineJunkie on

      I believe the first magnetic power cord was for a deep fat fryer. Although they didn't patent the idea it proves prior art.

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      Davy Timmermans on

      What with the warranty?
      Nice update guys.

      The manual for ios is online!

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      Damian Scisci on

      @Klotz- Bell and Ross should be sued by pretty much every maker of aircraft instruments ever if this were the case. I don't think there's anything to worry about regarding watch faces honestly. As long as it doesn't actually have the brand name on the face, it's an 'homage'. :)

    12. Rand Chua TL on

      For me I'm guessing mine should arrive by late Feb or early March 2013 since I'm not a early backer.

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      Erie on

      Just saw the Pebble in their Suite at CES! It's AWESOME!!! LOVE IT.
      Google Voice on Android fully supported on the Pebble!!!!

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      JoeO on

      @Klotz - Valid concerns but regarding the charging method, Apple didn't invent this - I believe the original idea cam from a Japanese Kettle product (a way of making sure that you don't jerk the lead and end up with boiling water over yourself). I might be wrong about the actual genesis but I'm sure that the idea predates Magsafe. What apple have probably patented is the name 'Magsafe'

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      Klotz Franck on

      Hello, i really like the charging system, but this is exactly the Mac apple MagSafe charger, and of course, Apple has a patent on this. any risk ? What if apple is planning a watch and wants to use the apple patent ? Did you get a License ( if apple wants to give you one... Since could no be FRAND ) ? They could force you to change the charging design.....

      Also on the IP side, in the video, a custom face watch called Pilot is a Bell and Ross watch inspiration, same issue, is there a risk Bell and Ross ( or any other watch maker, Omega, Cartier, etc... ) could stop you from pushing custom face that are similar to real watch ? Did you start discussing with them ?

      On the other side, this could push lots of people to get aware of Bell and Ross and get them one day to buy a Bell and Ross watch..... ( not at all the same budget .)

      I hope to get my watches soon, thank you

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      JoeO on

      Possibly a stupid question but I presume that the shipping box will actually be put inside something else for the actual transit. I would be very worried if the shipping box is literally that as I'm sure some of them would get stolen in transit (it seemed to have branding all over it).

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      Tim on

      I funded mine the 19th of april. Wonder if that means anything?

      This means something.

    18. Arnold A Sitorus on

      Regarding shipping origin.
      Months ago Pebble team arrange test shipments to some volunteer backers from multiple countries.
      They test various methods of shipping to check many factors and problems that might happen such as time of delivery, the box design to protect Pebble to safely in one piece, custom and tax etc.
      My first test shipment arrived from Hongkong quiet fast but got me charged for tax and duty (declined as they advised) and the second test shipment arrived without tax and duty charges but came in almost two months and this time shipped from Sweden.
      I guess with enough data from test shipments they will use various shipping methods best fit to backers in different countries or regions.

    19. Johan on

      @michael - its an android watch face I created for another smartwatch so it should be super easy to convert it to pebble. Can't wait!

    20. Jeff A on

      I'm LOVING the "Kickstarter Edition" embossing on the back. Thanks Pebble team!

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      Norbert on

      Me is happy to know you're going to ship soon .. but as I've read it a few times in here, there are a lot of European buyers and you should think about them. 150$ item, from China = huge custom taxes .. I remember I've ordered something from USA around 150$ because it was about 40€ less than in Europe but I didn't expect to have to pay to the delivery guy 38€ for custom taxes !!! You should consider to have a delivery center in Europe for all EU buyers :)

    22. Andrzej Haskiel on

      early, you should be in 1st batch.
      i've got things harder - originally backed on april 14th and then changed to a pair on may 8th.
      i think that even pebble team doesn't know where i am in queue :)
      or maybe they'll send one by one? :)

    23. JacoB on

      If you go to My Backer History, it will tell you the day that you backed this project. Now, what that means, I don't know. I was April 16th. Is that early or late.

    24. Federico Faenza on

      backed the 11th of april. Not bad, hope I'll get it very soon :)

    25. Donald Hansen Jr. on

      @Centipede... Probably not. Pressures increase as you move. It's only shown as rated for bathing, swimming, and splashes on many water resistance comparison scales.

    26. Centipede on

      Dose the 5ATM water resistance mean I would be able to wear this while scuba diving?

    27. Andrzej Haskiel on

      @Leonidas watch faces only. you won't be able to do any app (ie. what's today calendar app) which communicates with phone, uses onboard sensors, etc. there should be simulator and sdk available long ago so there would be reanosable number of apps available on day 1.

    28. Brian Levinsen

      Oh and by the way, that blue color that the red watch got in the video is awesome, maybe a mistake, but it gave inspiration for a future color option. :-)

    29. John McCormick on

      I don't want mine delivered in a glass of water!

    30. Brian Levinsen

      I'm so looking forward to this, I was not sure how early on I was, so I searched my mail as someone suggested, and according to Amazon I pledged on the 12th, so it looks like I'm in the first batch. Woohoo.
      Awesome job guys, I can't wait to get my first wrist watch in 20 years, my last one was one of those calculator watches in the 80s.
      Too bad you ship from China to EU, this means they will add tax and customs, please as someone said specify the replacement cost on the shipping label.

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      Rasmus Lauritsen on

      Nice keynote and a cool hands on at engadget. With a bit of luck it will arrive around my birthday on Feb 7th. Can't wait to play with the Pebble watch itself and the SDK.

    32. David Kononen on

      One of the first 50 backers and about 1500 miles from their Chinese manufacture, hope I get mine quickly =)

    33. jacatra on

      Woohoo - I'm excited! :D

      I'm also quite bemused at some of the comments that still expect Pebble to either withstand greater ATM or wider bluetooth range, etc. It currently heaps of cool features already - and now repeat after me, it is still only a *watch*, albeit a smart one. It won't turn you into a better singer, an expert horserider, a skydiver or a belly-dancer.

      I can't wait to have this baby wrapped around my wrist!!

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      Ross Fitzsimons on

      Looking forward to receiving my Pebble. But here's the thing - on the shipping manifest you need to make sure you state the replacement cost of the watch as the value, not the Pledge or retail value. Why? I will pay tax of 20% on the stated value above $25. So stating a value of say $125 will result in a tax of $20 plus a charge of $13 for all watches shipped to the UK.Same will apply in most EU countries. Please ship with care!

    35. Fran O'Leary on

      Really looking forward to goodies arriving. So pleased to have been part of this project, I've never backed anything before and despite some folk expecting miracles, I think you've done a fantastic job so far. Technology and how we use it changes so fast, you have always been faced with an uphill battle - I believe you might well be the victors. Keep up the good work.

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      Leonidas on

      @Andrzej Haskiel
      my understanding is that there is, indeed, an SDK, so you can mark that off your con list. :-)

    37. Andrzej Haskiel on

      good to know, tnx :)

    38. Tom Ryan on

      Pebble Team you ROCK!

      I propose you search for the comments from the crybabies on shipping for the past few months and send their pebbles in July.

    39. Andrew Gill on

      Pleasantly surprised to find that I backed this on the very first day.

    40. CaffeineJunkie on

      In an office environment I've been able to get 25 meter range on a bluetooth device. Thats ample for me.

    41. Andrzej Haskiel on

      @Caffeine Junkie have you seen watch irl?
      if yes, it's good. i had an impression that that's not video artifact, as it was overall quite smooth.
      and i got an impression that there is relly too much space between watch ends and a wrist, esp. on engadget vid, where a guy with thin hand presents it.

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      Damian Scisci on

      Caffiene - I know it's theoretical. My office is barely 40 feet from my living room. My point is the added range and features of BT4.0 opens some possibilities.

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      X on

      Great job Pebble Team ! I was rather shocked/happy to find out there are other features being added to the Pebble. I would still take a BLUE Pebble over the Red one I have on order

    44. CaffeineJunkie on

      any ghosting you saw on the video was an artifact of the streaming

    45. CaffeineJunkie on

      @Andrzej there is no animations ghosting. This is LCD not E-Ink.
      It takes quite a concerted effort to induce the backlight through motion.
      You can change the strap, and the watch is in no way bulky.

    46. mayfair2005 on

      Cant wait, January 23rd is my birthday. Ill still be quite a while after that thou, late backing :(

    47. Andrzej Haskiel on

      - animations ghosting: stays 1 sec after refresh, likely will be affected more by low temperatures
      - motion and event induced backlight will drain battery like hell
      - lack of useful apps like calendar and todo sync, weather, world clock and no way to add them (no sdk)
      - default strap quality: too short, thin and matte, generally not balanced with watch "bulky" design
      - charging cable will make watch unusable if broken or lost, there should be adapter or cradle available, or at least a pair of cables
      - apparently no memory for notifications, so if you get a lot of them in succesion, you'll need to reach pocket anyway

      - os design is clean and sleek
      - animations are awesome
      - multi-pairing is even more awesome
      - it will ship SOON :)

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      Muescha on

      Please: youtube link!