Pebble launches three new wearables on Kickstarter
Startup Pebble has launched three completely new wearable devices on Kickstarter, the fundraising platform where the company has broken records every time it launched a product. The Redwood City based company has seen much success on the website since it launched the Pebble Classic four year ago.
Pebble launched the Pebble 2, the Pebble Time 2 and the Pebble Core, exclusively on Kickstarter. Within half an hour of the launch on Kickstarter, Pebble has raised more than half of its $1 million goal from more than 3,000 supporters.
The Pebble Core is the company’s first non-smartwatch wearable device. It is a 3G enabled, Android-based wearable clip that can replace your smartphone when you go running. While working out or jogging you can stream music via Spotify, record voice notes, track your pace, distance and even your location. The Core has GPS which can be paired with running applications like Runkeeper, Strava, Google Fit, Under Armour Record and MapMyRun.
It supports WiFi and 3G cellular networks by using a micro-SIM card and both wired and wireless headphones. The core comes with 4GB memory, so you can store some songs on it. There is also a dedicated button which can be programmed to activate applications via Pebble apps, like ordering a cab from Uber. Since the idea is to leave your phone behind with the Core, you’ll also be able to trigger an emergency SOS notification with your location to specific contacts if the need arises. With a battery life of nine hours with music streaming, the core can be charged with the standard cable or wirelessly. The Pebble Core will set you back by $69.
The Pebble 2 is the successor to the original Pebble Classic smartwatch and features new built-in sleep, step, and heart rate tracking functionality alongside existing phone, text, and information notification capabilities. It has a monochromatic display and a built-in microphone for quick replies and taking voice notes. The watch has been upgraded on the software front to make for a smoother usage and is compatible with over 13,000 existing applications and watchfaces and runs an updated version of its Timeline operating system. The watch also sports an anti-scratch lens coating, water resistance up to 30 meters and a week long battery life. It is available in five colors and at a price of $99.
The Pebble Time 2 is the successor of Pebble’s premium smartwatch which was launched only a year ago. The watch features a stainless steel construction and the color e-paper display, which the company claims is more than 50 percent larger and has a higher resolution, with 80 percent more pixels. The Pebble Time 2 also features a built-in heart rate monitor and microphone like the Pebble 2, and just like the Pebble 2, it is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. Battery life is much better than the Pebble 2, while the latter can only last a week, the Pebble Time 2 will stay up for 10 days at a stretch. The Pebble Time 2 will be available in Gold, Silver and Black for $169.