Many IoT`s comes from California. So do Pebble. Apple Inc is not the first company on the market with a smartwatch. Pebble Technology have sold 400,000 units as of March 2014. Best Buy began selling Pebble in July last year, and sold out within five days!
Pebble is designed on a concept by Eric Migicovsky. After raising venture capital for the product under their former name inPulse, the company failed to attract traditional investors under their new brand name.
The Pebble is a smartwatch wich is released in 2013, and they was funded via the crowd funding platform Kickstarter. It feature a black and white e-paper display, a vibrating motor, a magnetometer, ambient light sensors and an accelerometer, enabling its use as an activity tracker. Pebble raised $10,3 million trough Kickstarter, making it the most successful product funded through that company up until then.
Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, they strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.
Apps bring Pebble to life. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smart phone to display speed, distance and pace data. Runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. Use the music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button. Don’t worry about the rain, Pebble is water-resistant!
If you’re a golfer, feel free to bring Pebble onto the course. Pebble is working with Freecaddie to create a great golf rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses world-wide. Instead of using your phone, view your current distance to the green right on your wrist. These apps will be the first, with more in the works!
Pebble can change instantly, thanks to its brilliant, outdoor-readable electronic-paper (e-paper) display. They have designed tons of watchfaces already, with more coming every day. Choose your favourite watchfaces using Pebble’s iPhone or Android app. Then as the day progresses, effortlessly switch to the one that matches your mood, activity or outfit.
If you need to stay on top of things, Pebble can help with vibrating notifications, messages and alerts. Dismiss a notification with a shake of your wrist. Don’t worry, it’s easy to disable all notifications.
Incoming Caller ID
Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
Silent vibrating alarm and timer
Android users can also receive Text Messages (SMS) on their Pebble. Unfortunately iPhone does not expose this data. Why? Probably because they have their own watch?
Want your watch to tell you when your next bus is leaving? Maybe you’re jonesing to see your compile status or recent github commits. Think push notifications, directly to your watch using the data connection on your phone. Want to check-in on your watch, or create an app that can monitor your sleep? Pebble can send data from the accelerometer and buttons back up to the internet.
Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) or their web-facing RESTful endpoint. More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch. Multiple apps can run on Pebble, along side watchfaces and regular notifications.
Load apps using Bluetooth
144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper
Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 (Low Energy)
3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection
Distribute apps via Pebble watchapp store
This is a great success story, which is all about entrepreneurship and most importantly about Risktakers. Kickstarter have solved that problem, and this is about the American dream, which is still alive!
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