Pebble has launched its new product lineup on Kickstarter, the same community-driven platform that helped Pebble introduce the smartwatch to the world four years ago.
Under Kickstarter, Pebble has raised around $5 Million within a few hours of it going live. The company aimed to raise $1 Million in 36 days. The lineup includes two new fitness-focused smartwatches, Pebble 2 ($99) and Pebble Time 2 ($169), with new built-in heart rate monitors and activity tracking. They also deliver the same phone, text, and information notifications Pebble products always have. Beyond these new watches, the company is also expanding into the broader wearables market with the introduction of Pebble Core ($69), its first non-smartwatch device. Pebble Core is a first-of-its-kind 3G connected wearable device designed for runners to enjoy their workout without carrying a smartphone.
Pebble Core streams music with Spotify integration, tracks your location with GPS, and can send an emergency SOS with your location. Starting today, anyone can back Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter at pebble.com/kickstarter.
“Pebble has a rich history of giving people simple devices that do a few things really well and make life easier. Health and communications is at the heart of how people use wearables today,” said Eric Migicovsky, CEO and co-founder of Pebble. “Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 combine the power of a fitness tracker with the awesome smartwatch features that we’ve developed over the last four years. With Pebble Core, we’re launching off the wrist and taking wearables to the next level. Our Indian users can also order it and it will be shipped to them as we make it available for everyone. In the meantime, Pebble Time users will continue to get regular software updates for the foreseeable future.
“When Pebble got their start on Kickstarter, they not only brought an innovative idea to life, but inspired an entirely new category of product,” said Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter CEO. “For the third time in four years Pebble is continuing that tradition of creativity in a big way. We’re thrilled they’ve come back to the Kickstarter community with their latest innovation.”
Pebble 2 marks the first major upgrade to the original Pebble smartwatch and offers intelligent sleep, step, and heart rate tracking at an unbeatable price. In true Pebble fashion, it works with iOS and Android, has a week-long battery life, and is readable in daylight or indoors. It sports an anti-scratch lens coating, is water resistant up to 30 meters, and has a built-in microphone for quick voice replies and notes. Pebble 2 is compatible with 13,000+ existing apps and watchfaces, running an updated version of Pebble’s Timeline operating system that enables one-click actions, making it easier than ever to call an Uber or check your calendar right from your wrist.
Pebble 2 is available in five sporty colors on Kickstarter now starting at $99 and starts shipping in September.
Pebble Time 2 – A Premium Smartwatch Designed for Active Professionals
Made from stainless steel and available in Gold, Silver, and Black, Pebble Time 2 is a premium smartwatch for the active professional. It features a color e-paper display that is more than 50% larger than its predecessor and a higher resolution of 80% more pixels to see twice the text. Its battery lasts up to 10 days on a single charge and just like Pebble 2, is focused on fitness with a built-in heart rate monitor and microphone.
Pebble Time 2 is available now on Kickstarter starting at $169 and starts shipping in November.
Pebble Core – Listen to Spotify and Track Your Runs, Leave your Phone at Home
Ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight, and ultra-affordable, Pebble Core is a new type of wearable device that frees you from the hassles of exercising with your phone, but keeps you connected so you can listen to music and track your activity on the go. Available in White and Black, Core can easily clip-on to your clothing or fit in your pocket. Without needing your phone nearby, Pebble Core enables you to:
· Stream music from Spotify Premium and stay motivated with favorite playlists.
· Track running pace and distances via built-in GPS and syncs with Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, Google Fit and Under Armour Record.
· Capture voice notes for those brilliant ideas that hit in the middle of a workout.
· Send an Emergency SOS notification with your location to trusted friends or family.
· Quickly activate Pebble apps with just the touch of a button.
· Easily connect to keychains or bags for safe-keeping or to find lost items.
· Use a SIM card for cellular access.
· Enjoy phone-free exercise for hours (battery lasts up to 9 hours playing music and tracking GPS).
· Charge wirelessly with any Qi charger or with the included cable.
Pebble Core is available now on Kickstarter starting at $69 and starts shipping in January.
Pebble Core, Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are available exclusively on Kickstarter now with worldwide shipping and will be coming to pebble.com and other retailers later this year and early 2017.