The Pebble – paving the way for wearable technology

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This time last year, the only pebble that anyone would tell you about were pebbles at the beach. A year later though, the Pebble smart watch is the talk of the town. The watch, with a digital e-paper display that makes it perfect for viewing in direct sunlight (something that many smartphones screens fail at) has Bluetooth 4.0 that will connect to your iPhone or Android devices and feed you various notifications as and when they come through to your phone. You download the app from the App Store or Google Play and it’ll work via the app – this is also where you’ll be able to update the Pebbles software and clock faces. Out of the box, it boasts the following notification repertoire;

  • Incoming Caller ID
  • Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
  • SMS on both Android and iPhones
  • iMessage (iOS only)
  • Calendar Alerts
  • Facebook Messages
  • Twitter
  • Weather Alerts
  • Silent vibrating alarm and timer

You may think it’s pretty pointless if it’s limited in terms of notifications. Well, you’re right and wrong. If, however, your iDevice is jailbroken, there are tweaks on Cydia that will allow all notifications to be pushed to your Pebble smart watch. Simple. How would the watch alert you to any notifications without a speaker? It vibrates on your wrist. This feature can also be used in its alarm and timer features – especially handy if you’re sharing a bed and the other person doesn’t need to be woken up by a loud alarm at an ungodly hour.

You can also wow your friends by controlling your iPod (for iOS devices) or music player (for Android) by using the buttons on the Pebble – handy if you’re walking along listening to music, or your phone is docked at a party. App developers can also integrate Pebble into their apps, which is what RunKeeper intends to do – delivering all information about your workout straight to your Pebble while your device is safe in your pocket. All that, and it’s still a watch with various different faces and styles that can be designed and uploaded to the device.

It’s charged via Micro USB and one charge is said to make the Pebble last 7+ days. Beautiful. It  comes in 5 colours; Jet Black, Arctic White, Cherry Red, Orange & Grey. Now comes the price; $150 USD – I make that about £120-130 depending on the exchange rate. Is it worth it? All reviews say yes, and it’s even kickstarted the rumours that Apple are making the “iWatch” – shows that Pebble is definitely doing something right. If you head over to the Pebble Website, you can find out more about the device and pre-order one for yourself – you pay no money until it’s ready to ship, so you can just jump in the queue with no worry and cancel at any time if you need to. The company is currently sending out devices to their Kickstarter backers, a process that will last until March/April time, then the normal preorders will start to be shipped out in April/May time. I personally can’t wait to get my hands on one, and I’ll definitely be reviewing it!

What do you think of the Pebble smart watch? Innovation or a gimmick? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. It’s not a gimmick it’s a breakthrough smartwatch and so simple for use for those tech savvy needs to be connected all the time. It’s a workable watch especially for doctors or healthcare workers. Pager is at honk of the past. Most doctors used iPhone at work as alternate for pager like here in Vancouver hospital in Canada They can see whose calling not having looking or get their phone. It’s a cool tech

  2. It’s actually not a micro-USB charger. It’s a magnetic clip, sort of like an Apple laptop cable. This allows the case to be sealed enough to take a dip in the pool with the watch.

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