Feb 24 AT 10:44 AM Nick Sarafolean 1 Comment

Pebble introduces the Pebble Time, a smartwatch with a colored e-paper display

Pebble Time

Pebble just unveiled its newest creation, the Pebble Time. The Pebble Time is the company’s latest smartwatch with a revamp that goes farther than the exterior design. The Pebble Time’s main selling point is its new display, which is a color e-ink display. The technology allows the Pebble Time to add vibrant colors to the watch rather than a black and white color scheme. All the while, however, it still retains its excellent outdoor reading ability as well as its 7-day battery life.

Pebble Time’s design has also changed. The device is now 20 percent slimmer than the original Pebble, clocking in at just 9.5mm, while retaining water resistance. It comes in three different color options of black, white and red, and Pebble Time uses a standard 22mm watch band, so you can easily swap new watchbands in and out. If you fund the project on Kickstarter, you’ll receive a Pebble Time that’s engraved with the words “Kickstarter Edition”. Unless, of course, you’re backing Pebble for the second time, in which case Pebble has a special surprise engraving for you.

The Pebble Time also brings in a complete overhaul of the original Pebble UI. The watch now features three buttons on the side and ditches the idea of information in singular apps, rather creating the software around time and implementing a timeline for everything. The top button allows you to scroll back through your timeline to see past events. The middle button takes you to the present and the bottom button allows you to scroll through your timeline to see future events.

The timeline aspect features all sorts of quick actions to allow it to work quickly. But don’t worry about losing all of the apps. The apps are still completely available in Pebble and can be accessed through a different menu. The apps also now feature color and app faces with glanceable content, so you can see your most important info without even opening the app. In addition, the software has added a multitude of animations, making it much more fluid and pleasant to use over the original Pebble’s bare-bones software.

Timeline comes standard on the Pebble Time and will be available as an update for the Pebble and Pebble Steel at a later date.

The Pebble Time looks to be a fantastic new smartwatch that should keep Pebble competitive against other smartwatches. The Pebble Time is compatible with the iPhone 4S and above devices running iOS 8. It’s also compatible with any Android device running Android 4.0 or above. The Pebble Time is now on Kickstarter for $159 or $179, depending on when you pay. The project has already been fully funded and ships in May, with a retail price of $199.

Follow the source link below to learn more and back the Pebble Time!

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Palo Alto, CA (February 24, 2015) — Pebble Technology Corp., the smartwatch pioneer and a Kickstarter record holder, is proud to launch its brand new watch, Pebble Time, on the same community-driven platform that helped them introduce smartwatches to the entire world three years ago. Everything about Pebble Time — from its new technology to the reimagined software interface — was meticulously designed to mesh perfectly with your life. Starting today, anyone can back Pebble Time on Kickstarter at http://pbl.io/kickstarter.

New Hardware Enables More with Pebble Time Without Sacrificing Battery Life

Pebble Time features a revolutionary new color e-paper display that provides a stellar visual experience, always-on timekeeping and brilliant outdoor visibility. Compared with display technology like LCD or OLED, power consumption is minimized, enabling Pebble Time to achieve an industry-leading battery life of up to 7 days.

Pebble Time introduces a new microphone, allowing you to send voice replies to incoming notifications or compose short voice notes. Using the latest technology, water resistance is maintained, so you can swim, shower and surf with Pebble Time.

Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble, with an ergonomic, curved design that’s comfortable on any wrist. The lens is crafted from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass and the bezel is made of stainless steel. The watch band incorporates a quick-release mechanism, making it easier than ever to personalize your watch. Pebble Time also has a smart accessory port, enabling hardware developers to build sensors and smart straps that connect directly to the watch.

Like other Pebble watches, Pebble Time is designed to work perfectly with both iPhone and Android smartphones. Pebble Time is compatible with iPhone 4s and newer phones running the latest version of iOS 8. Pebble Time works with all Android 4.0+ phones including Samsung, HTC, Song, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and more.

New Timeline Interface Helps You Accomplish More Throughout The Day

Building a modern timepiece requires focus on software as much as hardware. Pebble Time introduces a new version of Pebble operating system (OS) that organizes relevant information like notifications, weather, news, travel, and reminders chronologically. With one click you can see what’s coming up next, such as a reminder to pick up your kids or when a movie starts. Pebble Time also helps when you need to catch up on things that happened in the past. You can scroll back to see an email you missed, your step count for the day, or the score from the game last night. Now, instead of opening an app just to see the weather, or to check the market, you can reliably get the details you need at a glance.

Pebble Time is fully compatible with all 6,500+ existing Pebble apps and watchfaces, surfaces information at the moment it’s most useful, and enables quick action. Pebble is working with The Weather Channel, ESPN, Jawbone, Evernote, Pandora and others to build unique experiences for the new OS and more partners will be announced soon. As with all Pebble software, Pebble Time is built on an open platform, and introduces many new APIs and tools for developers.

Staying Connected with Pebble’s Community

“Pebble was first brought to life by 69,000 backers and people who supported our vision three years ago. We could not think of a better way to share our new watch,” said Eric Migicovsky, Pebble CEO. “With Pebble Time, we’re launching completely new hardware and reimagined software while keeping all the things people love about Pebble.”
“With Pebble’s first Kickstarter campaign, they successfully introduced smartwatches to the world,” said Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter CEO. “We’re thrilled Pebble has come back to Kickstarter to share their latest innovation. As enthusiastic members of the Pebble community, all of us at Kickstarter are excited to help them again bring an exciting vision to life.”
Pebble Time is available in three colors for $159 exclusively on Kickstarter, with worldwide shipping to backers starting in May. Later this year, Pebble Time will retail for $199 and be available online at getpebble.com and in stores worldwide.

Via: Pebble

Source: Pebble Time (Kickstarter)

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @Zricon15.

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  • McLovin

    I’m all in. I was in on the first one and am ready for round 2.