Pebble launches iPhone app, starts to ship first batch of smart watches

Pebble launches iPhone app, starts to ship first batch of smart watches

Pebble, the E-Paper smart watch for iPhone (and Android), has sent word that they've begun shipping their first set of orders. Before you get too excited, it's an incredibly limited shipment, less than 500 units today, with more to follow. But still, progress. Here are the production notes they emailed backers and posted on their Kickstarter page:

  • As of today, the factory is manufacturing roughly 800-1,000 Pebbles per day. We're working hard to get this up to our full capacity (2.4k per day)
  • We are shipping master cartons of Pebbles by air freight across the Pacific to our US distribution center 1-2 times per week, and 1-2 times per week to our Hong Kong distribution center which fulfills shipments to any country that isn't the US. There is a 5-7 day lag between a Pebble coming off the assembly line, and it arriving in a fulfillment center for shipping.
  • Right now, we're manufacturing in large batches of 1 colour at a time. Since black was by far the most popular colour, we started with a run of black Pebbles. I realize that this is different than what I said before...while we would have liked to be able to ship out all the colours at the exact same time, it's proven to be impossible. We're doing our best to match production of other colors as soon as possible.

To help expectant Pebble owners track their shipments, they set up http://www.ispebbleshipping.com/.

Also, the companion app for iPhone, which will let Pebble owners update software and change watch faces, just went live in the App Store.

  • Notifies you when software updates for Pebble ready to install
  • Installs and remove custom watchfaces onto your Pebble
  • Sends ping test messages to your Pebble
  • Helps you troubleshoot issues

The app is free but only works when you have the actual Pebble watch in your possession. (Though there's nothing to stop you playing around with it while you wait...)

If you ordered a Pebble, let me know which one, when it ships, and what you think of their fulfillment process so far.

Source: Kickstarter

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BP41 says:

There will never come the day that my timepieces are replaced by some cheesy,useless, redundant tech. Watches are works fine craftsmanship and precision. I will shake my head if I see someone with this on.

swhaley1231 says:

Have fun spending thousands of dollars for your watches that do less than what this watch can do... So what if it's not an Audemars Piguet... It does the same thing, and it even changes the song on my phone... mind blown.

BP41 says:

You're easily impressed.

gods84 says:

When is the time line for people who didn't pitch in on the kickstarter project??

gadillon says:

I'm eagerly awaiting my cheesy, useless, redundant tech watch! I shake my head at people who waste their money on expensive fancy watches which they think are status symbols, but are merely symbols of insecurity. The Pebble may or may not be a success but it's going to be fun.

BP41 says:

Status symbols...yes I go around telling everyone to look at my watch. Lol. Isn't that what you do with this watch??? Each of mine serve their own purpose and they are pieces of fine craftsmanship that will be passed down for generations to come. You'll be lucky if you get 2 years out of the pebble.

A waste if money?? I believe that's what people say when they see something they want but can't afford. I guess you believe that I should have to redistribute my wealth because I make more than 75% of the country.

There's nothing this thing does that my iPhone doesn't already do and does better. Every feature is redundant of something on your phone. Thats a "waste of money". Buying something when you already have something that does the same thing. Sure the "who's calling" or "who's sending me a text" can be a convenience but nothing mind blowing and the design is hideous.

dvdmovieking says:

What's the deal with the picture at the top of this post? It is so big that I can only see the persons sleeve and not the watch that is on their wrist (presumably).

dvdmovieking says:

I backed the pebble project on Kickstarter for a black pebble 10 days into the campaign and I have not received a shipping email yet. My guess is it will be a couple more weeks before I do.

swhaley1231 says:

Reading all of the comments on Kickstarter about all of these Android users with all of these issues makes me again question why they would be so adamant about how good android is... I hate to have to say it, but the iPhone "just works."