by Brian Kecskemety
Every so often, a Kickstarter project goes absolutely viral and blows away the expectations of even its creators. The Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android by Pebble Technology has raised over $6 million in under two weeks, well over its goal of just $100,000.
Why the fuss? Pebble is completely customizable, with 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.
Apps are a major part of Pebble. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on their smartphones to display speed, distance, and pace data. Runners can get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. There will be a music control app to play, pause, or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button. If you’re a golfer, feel free to bring Pebble onto the course. Pebble Technologies is working with Freecaddie to create a golf rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses worldwide. Instead of using your phone, golfers can view their current distance to the green right on their wrist.
Pebble also supports vibrating notifications, messages, and alerts. Users can dismiss a notification with a shake of your wrist. Notifications can include:
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
Android users can also receive SMS messages on their Pebble, though as iPhone does not expose this data, there is no iPhone support for SMS.
Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device. It will be compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S running iOS 5 or any iPod Touch with iOS 5, as well as any Android device running OS 2.3 or higher. Yes, Pebble will even support Ice Cream Sandwich.