A new Pebble Smartwatch has been revealed on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The Pebble Time is another Kickstarter project and got funding in no time.
The new Pebble smartwatch has been unveiled on the Pebble site at 10am ET. The new Pebble smartwatch is named Pebble Time and is yet another Kickstarter project. The Color e-paper smartwatch offers up to 7 days of battery and a new timeline interface that highlights what's important in the wearer's day. The Pebble Time ships in May.
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The Pebble Time Kickstarter project reached the $500,000 funding goal in less than 20 minutes. About 30 minutes after launch the funding has reached $1 million. The original Pebble collected over $10 million on Kickstarter.
It is hard to say when the momentum is slowing down, but at this rate the Pebble Time will raise $10 millon by end of day.
The new color e-paper display has a high contrast and always-on, perfect for displaying incoming notifications and the watchface. Compared with display technology like LCD or OLED, power consumption is minimized, enabling Pebble Time to achieve a battery life of up to 7 days.
Pebble Time's new microphone lets users send voice replies to incoming notifications or take short voice notes. Pebble used the latest technology to maintain water resistance so consumers can swim or surf with Pebble Time. It is not water proof to the degree that it can be completely immersed in water.
Sending voice replies works with most major Android apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and hundreds more. For iOS users, voice replies are currently limited to Gmail notifications. Pebble is working to enable voice replies for more apps.
Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble at just 9.5mm. Its ergonomic, curved design fits comfortably on either wrist and slides easily under dress shirts.
Pebble Time is much better looking than the current Pebble. The lens is crafted from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass with a bezel made of stainless steel. Like our previous watches, it's water resistant - perfect for a run in the rain, water-balloon battle or a swim.
Pebble has also evolved the smartwatch user interface. The base concept is a timeline. notifications, news, reminders and events are laid out chronologically instead of being trapped inside separate apps. With one click, see what’s coming up next. Your timeline connects to calendars, alarms, and apps, organizing all kinds of relevant information along with quick actions. Similarly, recall the past.
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The Pebble Time starts at $159 on the Kickerstarter project.