Published On: Fri, Apr 27th, 2012

Pebble SmartWatch Is Kickstarter Hit

A wristwatch capable of connecting to iOS or Android smartphones via bluetooth has become a hit on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

The website, which recently facilitated the launch of a groundbreaking 3D printer, allows innovators of all kind to fund their projects by appealing for investment from ‘Netizens‘ rather than by conventional means. These online investors are then able to select various rewards based on their level of investment.

In the case of the Pebble, the inventor appealed on Kickstarter to raise the $10,000 (£6,213) for product development. But in just 6 days, Kickstarter ‘backers’ had stumped up $3.4 million (£2.11 million) worth of investment – a website record.

At the time of writing the Pebble had 45,558 backers who had pledged a total of $6.7 million (£4.1 million) with 22 days to go.

So what is so good about the Pebble?

Essentially, the device acts as a second screen for your iOS or Android smartphone. Whilst it only has a black and white screen, no speaker, microphone or keypad; the device will allow you to access your phone’s notifications, control your music player, read messages and view your exercise analytics. In addition to this there are several other apps which have been developed for Pebble which you will be able to use without having to rummage through your pockets or bag for your phone.

The screen uses a backlit E-paper screen which is permanently on, and is said to last over a week on a single charge – far better than Sonys’ SmartWatch, which was released earlier this month. The Pebble is also waterproof and users will be able to code their own watch faces and even develop their own applications.

Find out more about pebble - at Kickstater

 

 

UPDATE:  07/05/12 – With 11 days left the project has now raised $8,857,980 (£5.48 million)

About the Author

- Sam is from near Huddersfield, and is currently a third year BSc Geography student. He is responsible for the LSMedia website and has previously administered a website to save his high school from closure; fortunately the school was saved but unfortunately the website has now dropped offline! In his spare time Sam is a qualified dingy sailing instructor, who works/volunteers for the scouts. He is also the treasure and communications secretary of the University Of Liverpool Sailing Club.

  • Oliver Stevenson

    Ha, wow. I thought it would take just a little longer for Double Fine’s adventure game to get beaten. That’s an insane amount of money.
    I’m just worried with how popular Kickstarter is starting to get, it’s only a matter of time before someone exploits people’s wallets with a fake product.

  • http://iarewriter.com Dani Telford

    I want one.

  • http://sam-firth.co.uk Sam Firth

    … I may have become a ‘backer’aha

    • http://iarewriter.com Dani Telford

      hahahahahahahh *likes*

    • Sam Firth

      It has… FINALLY… arrived!