After a few days of speculation, Pebble has finally unveiled their next watch, the Pebble Time. The new smart watch is a complete redesign of the original and most prominently features a new color e-paper display.
The new Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble and now has scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass as part of the display. The bezel now also matches the Steel model, being made of stainless steel.
The system to change watch bands is now much improved. There is now a quick-release design, allowing users to swap out bands at will. A “smart accessory port” has also been added, allowing developers to build special bands and sensors that interact directly with the Time. The Pebble Time also has a new microphone to allow users to send voice replies friends and to take notes.
Coming with the new hardware is a new version of the Pebble OS. The watch will now be able to organize and display information such as weather, news, flights, and reminders chronically on the watch face. You will still be able to view previous notifications as you can now with the existing OS. All current Pebble apps and watch faces will be compatible with this upgrade, so you can keep personalizing it as you like.
The Pebble Time is currently available on Kickstarter for a starting price of $159. That slot has been filled however, so the base price is now $179. The Pebble Time hit its Kickstarter goal in under 20 minutes, and subsequently, raised over $1 million within 49 minutes, which is easily the record for fastest to $1 million on Kickstarter. The previous record was held by a gaming project called Reaper Miniature Bones, raising $1 million in 2 hours and 42 minutes.
As the current models are now, the Pebble Time is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Once the campaign is over and the devices are shipped in May, the normal price of the Pebble Time will be $199. Do you want one or will you wait to see what someone else does?