Still looking forward to the Pebble watch

I recently shared a Google Plus post by Vincent Nguyen which essentially called out the Pebble watch as a $5 watch made in China.

That saddened me a little and, at least for a while, lowered my expectations of the watch (I was an early backer and hope to have my Pebble delivered soon).

However, the more I think about it, the more I’m looking forward to the Pebble. Yes, it looks a little on the cheap side, I guess $120 for a watch with additional connectivity and technology isn’t that much, but I think that might be part of it’s charm.

I’m also excited by the prospect of what developers will do once they’ve familiarised themselves with the SDK. I anticipate some great use cases in the not too distant future.

Initially I am looking forward to, obviously notification, but also the ability to control music and my Runkeeper app. I can safely pack the phone away in a waterproof pocket and not worry about having to pull it out whilst on the move.

So, I look forward to receiving my Pebble and all of the useful, interesting things that the developers will do with it.

Time to move on

After years on what I believe was ones of the best blogging platforms, today the inevitable was announced.ย  Posterous will be closing down on the 30th of April.

It’s such a shame and very saddening that those behind the service sold out to Twitter.

This is one of many services that have canned to the pressure of lining their pockets.

And that makes me all the more comfortable with my decision to invest my time and efforts in Google.

Read the Posterous announcement here.

Just a little test

I’m just trying out the WordPress app on Android. It seems very well featured and, assuming this post shows up, does what I need it to (write and publish blog posts).

Clearly it’s early days but so far so good.

Pebble Project Update #23: Logistics, Lenses and Test Builds

Exciting times as Pebble moves a stage closer to landing on my wrist!

Logistics

While we’re not ready to start shipping out Pebbles yet, getting prepared to ship Pebbles to 113 different countries has been quite a task. Okay, just one of you lives in French Polynesia but we care deeply about all our backers. That’s why we’ve been running extensive shipping tests to determine the best methods to use as we ship out 85,000 Pebbles. All the test shipments reached their destination. Outside of a postal strike in Uruguay, we found that our test shipments reached their destination even faster than we expected. We also learned some important lessons about all the different customs documentation requirements around the world.

There’s absolutely no point in designing and building the most awesome watch possible if it doesn’t reach your wrist in perfect condition. That’s why we designed a custom shipping box to protect your Pebble while it’s in transit. We’re battle-testing the box to make sure it stands up to drops, spills, rips and maybe guard dog attacks (okay, we’re not actually running that last test).

We’ll be shipping Pebbles from two distribution centres: one in Asia and one in the United States. If your shipping address on account.getpebble.com is in the US, your Pebble will be shipped via USPS from San Francisco. Otherwise, our international backers will receive their Pebbles via postal mail sent directly from Asia. As our test shipment backers can attest, we’ve put together an extremely efficient and quick system.

Manufacturing Progress

Our industrial designer was on the ground this week in Southern Taiwan overseeing final modifications (T4) to our plastic manufacturing process. As I mentioned inUpdate 21, we’re working our way through several test builds before Pebble enters Mass Production (MP). Every time we perform another test build, it’s a chance to build samples of each part inside the watch. The great news is that all the plastic components (including the most recent lens samples from T4) look, feel and work great. We’re sending the tools off for final texturing and polishing now.

As we work through environmental tests, we’re tweaking and tuning the gluing process that is used to join the main case portion of the watch with the lens. Here’s a short video of the computer numerical controlled (CNC) gluing machine that we’re using on the assembly line:

Roadmap

I’m heading to our factory in Dongguan, China on Saturday for 2 weeks of work on the Design Verification (DV) test build. After DV, we have one more test build scheduled in December called Production Verification (PV) before Pebble enters Mass Production (MP). As I mentioned in Update 17, our assembly line will be set up to manufacture 15,000 Pebbles per week. I know each one of you has a burning desire to see Pebble on their wrist, but I want to caution you that even after we begin MP it will still take us several weeks to manufacture all 85,000 Pebbles.

Work on the software development kit (SDK) is progressing well. Since I’m a novice programmer, I decided to test out the SDK and see what the experience is like. I wanted to write a little watchapp to keep track of important Pebble-related timezones while I was in China. While the software team is still working heavily on the SDK, I was still able to code up a basic world clock in 20 minutes! I know it doesn’t look too pretty, but that’s a function of my limited programming ability, not a fault with the SDK.

As usual, you can find high resolution versions of all the photos in this update at http://imgur.com/a/mLJzW.

That’s all for this week, thanks Pebblers!

Eric + Pebble Team

 

Read the blog on the Pebble website.

Exciting times for online interactions

Wow, hot on the heels of the ADN (app.net) revolution, Diaspora today announced that it will become a community driven project.

This excites me on a number of levels. App.net is being shaped by the users and developers, as it set out to. Diaspora will now follow a similar path.

This has to be a good thing. We are on the verge of a shift in online interactions, in social media as we know it.

This makes me happy, it makes me excited, we are at the dawn of new tools, new apps and some fuck off brilliant ways of interacting with others.

What do you think, is this the start of the shift to something better?