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.


Eric + Pebble Team

By icraigt

Craig Thornton (@icraigt), Geek Dad, husband of @linsthornton, Principal Engineer at JLR, tech addict. All views my own.