Less than 500 units of the Kickstarter-funded Pebble smartwatch has started shipping, according to the device’s updates page on the crowdfunding website. The first units of Pebble, which is touted as an “E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android” were sent to those who provided financial assistance for its development.
More units of the smartwatch are expected to ship soon, after some delays due to “documentation at the airport” held up the transportation of the watches to Pebble’s fulfillment center.
Pebble has received around 85,000 pre-orders of the device. Orders may be tracked on www.ispebblesshipping.com.
Following the release of the smartwatch, Pebble announced that the companion applications for the device are now available on the Google Play Store and the App Store. The apps will allow users to get vibration alerts sent from the mobile device to the smartwatch for calls, e-mails, messages, and information on the weather. Furthermore, the app gives users control over the smartwatch with a dashboard. Custom watchfaces may also be installed through the app. It makes troubleshooting issues and updating software easy, as well. To provide technical assistance, the app includes a Contact Support link that may be used for asking questions about the smartwatch. The cost-free Android app has a file size of 2.3M and a minimum requirement of Android 2.3.3. More features are expected to be added in the future.
Meanwhile, Pebble’s factory is producing around 800 to 1,000 units of the smartwatch daily. The team intends to produce around 2,400 units per day to reach their maximum capacity. The watches are then delivered to their two distribution centers, one of which is located in the United States, and the other in Hong Kong.
For those who are unfamiliar with Pebble, the smartwatch connects via Bluetooth the one’s smartphone, and sends notifications from the mobile phone to the watch. Apps will be able to add custom functions to the smartwatch. For instance, Pebble may be used to display sports-related information or control music playback.
Pebble features a black and white e-paper display with a resolution of 144 x 168 pixels, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 (Low Energy), four buttons, a vibrating motor, and a 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection.