by George Heymann | @techeadlines
I’ve been a fan of smart watches since Microsoft launched Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) watches back in 2004. Do you remember Spot? The now defunct service used FM radio signals to broadcast information to your wristwatch.
The service once activated could send content to your smart watch including weather, news, stocks, calendar, sports, horoscopes, lottery results as well as downloadable watch faces. You could also have text messages sent to your watch via MSN Messenger.
Enter Pebble, which was introduced in a Kickstarter project as the first watch built for the 21st century. Pebble promises to be what SPOT could only dream of. Pebble connects by Bluetooth to an iPhone or Android device. Pebble will have an app market that will feature downloadable watch faces and a host of internet-connected apps.
“We think the ability to create and use apps is one of Pebble’s most exciting features, and we want to make the app experience on Pebble as seamless as possible. So, drawing on our experience with our previous generation inPulse smartwatch, we’re designing Pebble from the ground up with third-party apps in mind” according to a company post on the Pebble Developers Blog.
“Pebble will have an application switcher built-in, as well as a real-time operating system so that core functionality such as notifications and the music player remote control can remain available even while an app is in use.
Apps bring Pebble to life. We’re building some amazing apps for Pebble. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. Runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. Use the music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button. If you’re a golfer, feel free to bring Pebble onto the course. We’re working with Freecaddie to create a great golf rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses world-wide. Instead of using your phone, view your current distance to the green right on your wrist. These apps will be the first, with more in the works!”
Pebble features include:
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
- Control your music
- Golf Rangefinder
- Customizable watch faces
Android users can also receive Text Messages (SMS) on their Pebble.
The Pebble Technology developers are promising a free Pebble app development SDK based on a GCC toolchain incorporating simple easy to use APIs.
If you are interested in picking up a Pebble, you can preorder on Kickstarter for a minimum $115 dollar pledge with free shipping in the US add $10 shipping to Canada and $15 for international shipping.
The developers were hoping to raise $100,000 dollars and have already received nearly received 6.5 million with 24 days to go making this one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time.
I’m in as a backer, how about you?