Pebble launches three new wearables on Kickstarter
Pebble has three upcoming devices: the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and the Pebble Core. The company launched the campaign in its hometown, Kickstarter, and has an impressive number of backers after just hours of going live.
It’s clear to see why so many are excited. The most advanced of the latest trio, the Pebble Time 2, is an update to an already compelling device. The Time 2 has an updated color e-paper display with 53% more screen real estate, along with an enhanced heart rate monitor. Pebble also says it has made some improvements to its health tools. The Time 2 is said to get up to ten days of battery life. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Time 2 is its price – $169 for the Kickstarter “early bird special”, (which is probably sold out now). Even at full price, the Time 2 looks like a good deal. Shipments are expected for November.
Following the Time 2 is the Pebble 2. At $99, again for the early-bird Kickstarter special, the Pebble 2 is only a slight downgrade from its fancier sibling. Pebble 2 has a smaller black and white e-paper display and “only” gets up to seven days of battery life. It’s expected to ship this September.
The third device is the Pebble Core. Designed for runners, it has no display, it can stream music for that intense workout, it lets you capture a note with your voice, and it has GPS tracking, which can be used to track distance and pace. Over WiFi, the device can sync with Runkeeper, Strava, Google Fit, and more. It can even send an emergency text if need be. Some functionality is limited without a SIM and cellular service, though.
While these Pebble devices may not have the sheer capabilities of the Apple Watch or the classy design of the Moto 360, Pebble really has something when it comes to value. As of the writing of this article, at least 20,000 people are on board.