Runkeeper now supports Pebble!

This is great news!

One of the reasons I bought Pebble was the promised Runkeeper support. Not the only reason but a significant one.

Just need my Pebble now!

Sticking with the colour Pebble, despite my impatience

I’ve been contemplating reverting back to a black Pebble watch in order to get it sooner but have talked myself back into waiting patiently.

I really think the colour Pebble options will help differentiate it from, date I say it, something more 80s Casio 🙂

I have to admit I’m getting quite impatient though.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android/posts/449791

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.

Pebble Update #17: It’s orange

Yesterday the Pebble watch team released another update. Update #17.

The text of the update is included below but there are three important messages to take from the update.

  1. The most popular colour, as voted, was orange. So, the 4th colour option, for those that chose to back at the appropriate level, is orange.
  2. We won’t be receiving our watches in September. It’s not a surprise that going from planning 1000 watches to over 85000 means the initial timeframe isn’t realistic. I would imagine we will receive our Pebbles two or three months later than initially anipticipated,
  3. The Pebble team are continuing to build a quality product.

The more information I read on the Pebble, the more excited I get. Roll on October, November or whenever we get them.

The Pebble team blog detailing this update is available here.

For what it’s worth………. I like the orange option.  Okay, I ordered a black one but I genuinely like the orange.

The following text is copied from the email sent to backers on Tuesday 24th July 2012:

 

Voter’s Choice

Without further ado, I’d like to present the Voter’s Choice color….Orange! It won with almost 2000 out of more than 10,000 qualified votes.

I think it looks pretty snazzy! The exact color appearance may vary from this rendering as we work with our plastics supplier. And if you don’t like orange, don’t worry! As a color backer, you’re entitled to pick any of the (now) 4 color options for each one of your Pebbles: Black, White, Red or Orange. We will send out a survey to request your selection later on in the project.

Manufacturing Update

The Pebble team has been bouncing back and forth between Palo Alto and Taipei a lot over the last 6 weeks. The factory that we selected has an R&D facility in Taipei while their main manufacturing and assembly locations are in China. Andrew, Steve and I have all travelled separately to Taipei to oversee the transition between the design and manufacturing stages of the project. In terms of our schedule, we’re sticking pretty closely to an aggressive timetable we put together at the end of May (remember our first timetable was created before we launched on Kickstarter, when we were expecting to manufacture just 1,000 Pebbles). While we won’t be able to start shipping Pebbles in September, our current schedule has us on track to go from manufacturing zero to 15,000 Pebbles per week as soon as possible.

Eric checking the power consumption of Pebble’s backlight module

We’re currently in a phase called Engineering Verification. During this phase, the factory produced samples of the entire product. We’re currently evaluating each individual component (case, lens, circuit board, charge cable, etc) and we’ll tweak the design as necessary. The design needs to be nearly perfect before we move into a phase called ‘tooling’ during which the factory creates hardened steel tools for injection molding Pebble’s plastic components.

Prototype Lens

Remember our tiny printed circuit board (PCB) design from Update #15? Here it is in real life attached to our custom PCB test fixture.

Another key component in our design is a flexible printed circuit (FPC). See that empty space in the middle? That’s where the battery fits in. 

Pebble Case samples getting their buttons installed

High resolution versions of each image will be available on our Pinterest page shortly.

Thanks!

Eric + Pebble Team