The Pebble Time smartwatch has appeared on Kickstarter. It’s so popular that it has already reached $8.5 million in pledges.
If you’ve nary an idea about what the Pebble smartwatch is all about, it was the first smartwatch to rise to fame back when Samsung, Apple and other companies still hadn’t realized their own wearable devices. The Pebble is all about simplicity and ease of use, and that design philosophy continues (and is even improved) in the third-generation Pebble Time.
Feature highlights of the Pebble Time include 7-day battery life, always-on colored screen, water resistance and compatibility with certain Android and iOS devices. It can be strapped on to any standard 22mm watch bands and offers step tracking. For added customizability, there’s a Pebble app store with over 6,500 apps.
Like the original model, the Pebble Time has a power button on the left side and three control buttons on the opposite side. These controls arrange software features chronologically. For instance, the top control button is for past actions (messages and step counter) and the bottom control button is for future stuff (reminders, alarm clock and weather). The Pebble Time is 20-percent slimmer than the original model and its slightly curved to fit ergonomically on the wrist.
Early backers will be able to get the Pebble Time at a reduced price. When it officially launches, the regular retail price will be $199, which is currently the price of the second-generation Pebble Steel.