Over the last week, you (54,568 of you!) supported our shared vision for an outstanding smartwatch with no compromises. A watch that helps you get stuff done, without breaking the bank or forcing you to change your habits. The Pebble team and I thank you deeply for your support.
While we have yet to figure out a power efficient method for incorporating the requested time travel capabilities, we have two equally forward looking announcements to make.
Today, we are extraordinarily proud to introduce Pebble smartstraps and a new flagship to our lineup: Pebble Time Steel.
Introducing Pebble smartstraps
We believe your smartwatch should help you accomplish more every day.
When we started Pebble, we opened up the platform and invited the software developer community to build remarkable experiences for Pebblers everywhere.
Looking at all the amazing things our developers have created over the last 2 years, we decided to open the platform once more...only this time, for hardware developers.
Have you ever wanted to go for a run without your phone and still track your speed and distance? How about a Pebble watch with a battery life of more than a week? What about a NFC chip for payments, keyless car remote, or a pollution sensor?
Rather than trying to shove every sensor and doohickey into the Pebble Time, we decided to keep the watch simple and functional and give our incredible maker and developer community the opportunity to build from there. Up until now, if you wanted it all you had to compromise…on battery life, size, design or feature set. Not anymore.
That’s why we created Pebble smartstraps. It’s simple: straps can now contain electronics and sensors to interface directly with apps running on Pebble Time.
Now everything is possible -- GPS, heart rate monitor, NFC, battery extension, you name it! Accessory makers can create all of these. Not only that, it’s so easy to change straps (5 - 10 seconds) that you could swap them in and out on your way to the gym, before going on vacation, or even while getting into your car.
It’s in your hands (on your wrists) now. This is going to be awesome.
We’re still finalizing the entire system, but we wanted to announce this so hardware hackers can get started experimenting with the platform. Full details can be found on our developer blog. We may work on some of our own smartstraps at some point but right now we’re focused on opening the platform up for hackers and hardware developers. And we can’t wait to see what you can build.
Maybe your smartwatch can do everything…
It's Business Time
Just when you thought things couldn't get any better, we saved the best news for last.
Today we are extremely excited to finally announce Pebble Time Steel. Quite simply, it looks fantastic! Where Pebble Time is more sporty and playful, Time Steel emphasizes different design cues and brings a refined and elegant aesthetic to the same Pebble you know and love.
At its core, Time Steel is powered by the same system as Pebble Time…with a few tweaks.
- Delicately crafted, CNC-finished 316L stainless steel case
- Larger battery, up to 10 days of normal use
- Same color e-paper display, now bonded directly to the top lens
- Available in Gunmetal Black, Silver Stainless, and Gold (you’re welcome, @CaliforniaLahve!)
- Includes two straps: fine leather and stainless steel
Same great features as Pebble Time:
- Comfortable, ergonomic design. 1mm thicker on Pebble Time Steel.
- Water resistant. Swim, shower, run in the rain—all good (leather strap should not be submerged).
- Built to last. Stainless Steel bezel with Gorilla Glass lens.
- Customizable. Standard 22mm watch band with quick release mechanism.
- Smartstrap ready. Magnetic charging port with data connection for smartstraps.
Time Steel starts shipping in July. Each reward package includes two straps (leather and stainless steel) for just $250, which is exclusive to Kickstarter. The regular retail price for this package will be $299.
How To Upgrade From Pebble Time
But wait? I already backed Pebble Time, how is this going to work?
First, don’t panic.
We anticipated a number of you may want to upgrade, and went to great effort to ensure a couple of things:
#1 - If you choose to change your reward to Time Steel, you *won’t* lose your spot in line
#2 - See #1.
So get excited! This means if you backed Pebble Time right at 7am PST on Feb 24th, we’ll make sure you get the very first Time Steels that roll of the line when they begin shipping In July.
How To Update
We’ve created two new reward tiers for Time Steel. Both tiers begin shipping in July.
#1 - Pebble Time Steel Tier for $250: one Time Steel in one of the three colors along with 2 straps (fine leather and stainless steel).
#2 - Combo Tier for $400: one Pebble Time and one Pebble Time Steel along with 2 straps (fine leather and stainless steel), your choice of colors for both watches.
You will be able to make your choice of color(s) after the completion of the campaign.
Backers wishing to upgrade from a Pebble Time to a Time Steel should switch to the single Time Steel tier.
Backers wishing to add a Pebble Time Steel in addition to their Pebble Time should select the combo tier. We will ship out each watch separately, so you don’t have to wait until July to get your Pebble Time.
One thing to be aware of
If you are an Early Bird backer, and you switch to a Time Steel tier, it’s unlikely you will be able to switch back to the Early Bird tier should you change your mind. There are a limited number of spots in the early bird tier, and your spot will likely be taken the moment you switch out.
<3 Eric + Team Pebble