We have one last MEGA update for you today before the campaign closes!
What’s on deck:
- New Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel Photos
- Kickstarter Edition Engravings
- Timeline SDK Preview Release
- Water Resistance
Finally got a full set of photos for you!
If you backed Pebble Steel Time, remember that your watches come bundled with both leather and matching metal bands.
These are still pre-production units (the screen images are simulated). We will continue to make improvements as we move towards mass-production, but they are very near what you should expect when your Pebble rolls off the line.
Pebble Time Steel with leather strap
Pebble Time Steel with Metal Band
Kickstarter Edition Engravings
We mentioned a while back we’d be adding a special etching on the back of every Kickstarter Edition Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Today we have the final etchings to show.
These are unique to the watches from this Kickstarter campaign, as a little thank you for being here first!
The first is the special Kickstarter Edition etching for first time backers. The second is for those backers who have supported both of our campaigns.
Timeline SDK Developer Preview is LIVE
Big news for the Pebble developer community!
Last week, a developer preview of the Pebble Time 3.0 SDK went live. This release gives developers access to the timeline and opens up web APIs to allow developers to start connecting web services to the timeline.
I don’t code, what does this SDK 3.0 Preview mean for me?
This is the next installment in a series of updates that will allow developers to build great software for your Pebble Time.
The exciting part about this update is that for the first time, services you use on the web will be able to put information directly on to your Pebble timeline. This opens up a wide range of services you can choose to subscribe to on your Pebble Time.
Evening train schedules, favorite TV show listings, eBay listings, comments on your blog, you name it! These types of integrations are now possible for developers to create.
The development community is the lifeblood of Pebble, the apps and services they produce are what will continue to make your Pebble better and better. We hope you’re as excited as we are!
Water resistance for Pebble Time
In order to make sure it works great during sports, fitness and regular life activities, we designed Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel to be water resistant. Our design and hardware engineering teams created a mechanical design with a water-tight seal, as well as a suite of tests to ensure that the watch would work even after being exposed to normal, every-day situations like going for a swim, running in the rain, showering or washing dishes.
Pebble Time was tested according to the ISO 22810 standard. Most other smartwatches are only rated under the less rigorous IEC 60529 IPXX scale, and normal watches are tested to a specific 'static pressure', but we felt you deserved better. In addition, every single Pebble Time watch is tested during the production process for leaks using high-pressure air to ensure the integrity of the seals (we use a fancy Swiss test rig called a Witschi Proofmaster).
In order to test the watch under 'dynamic' conditions, more representative of swimming, our engineers created a test using a swimming simulator with a machine that looks kind of like a paddle wheel. We strap Pebble Time watches to each spoke and repeatedly splash them into water to simulate swimming. With these tests completed, we're pleased to confirm that Pebble Time functions great as sport and swim watch.
It's important to note that Pebble Time is not a dive watch, though. While we've taken care to design most of the mechanical components of the watch case to withstand a depth of 50m, there is a membrane inside that separates the microphone from the outside world. It has a high but limited tolerance for static pressure and therefore limits the depth rating to 30m.
(There's also a myth out there that swimming generates a higher 'dynamic' pressure much greater than 30m. It's false - physics just doesn't work like that.)
Question & Answer
Q: How will I charge my Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel?
A: Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel both include a magnetic USB charging cable similar to the original Pebble. The charging cables are identical for both Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, and the cables snap into alignment on the charging / smartstrap port on the back of your Pebble Time or Pebble Time Steel.
Q: How will you know if I’m a 2x Pebble Kickstarter backer?
A: We will identify you as a 2x Pebble Kickstarter backers based off your Kickstarter account. Don't worry, if you've changed accounts or went into the original campaign with a friend, we'll provide plenty of opportunity for you to let us know and get you the right engraving!