Earlier this month we published an update about smartstraps for Pebble, our open hardware accessory platform. Since then, hundreds of developers, hackers and established brands have approached Pebble to take part.
Today we are pledging 1 million US dollars to encourage the development and commercialization of smartstrap projects for Pebble devices.
If you have an idea and want to be part of the smartstrap revolution, this is your chance! Get a team together, build a prototype and put your project up on a crowdfunding platform. Our team will work to help bring your idea to life.
We will monitor Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms for smartstrap related projects that support Pebble devices, and we’ll back the best of them. We truly understand the value of backing projects in their early state, having started that way ourselves. From there, we expect many projects to evolve into products fit for wider release. To make sure we see your project you can tweet your projects to @Pebble or get in touch with our developer experience team by emailing email@example.com.
Not every single project will get funding from Pebble; we’ll use our best judgment to support the most promising and innovative projects. We will determine the level of our support on a case-by-case basis, and may reach out with other kinds of support, such as promoting some smartstrap projects through Kickstarter updates, on our website getpebble.com, and elsewhere.
Cool concepts direct from the maker community
It’s important to note that both of these are still conceptual ideas, but all great projects need to start somewhere!
Concept #1: Xadow modular smartstrap system
Seeed Studio has just announced that later this year they will be producing a Pebble Time connector for their Arduino-compatible Xadow modules.
We are big fans of Seeed and their Xadow modules. They offer 20+ strap-sized modules, which include NFC readers, OLED displays, barometers and GPS modules, and we hear a Heart Rate Sensor is coming soon! The upcoming Xadow adapter for Pebble Time will make prototyping new smartstraps very simple and affordable.
Concept #2: Spark Electron for Pebble
This prototype from Spark.io demonstrates how their Spark Electron could be used to untether your Pebble and connect directly to the cellular network.
Imagine being able to go for a run without your phone and still stay connected! Now you see why we’re so excited about smartstraps :)
We hope today's update inspires you to start building.
Happy Making! We can’t wait to see what you create!