Move Over Inspector Gadget, Here’s the Pebble
According to GetPebble.com, Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. Pebble connects to any iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. To make more use of Pebble, apps for the watch are being created. From calculating distance and pace for cycling and running, to helping you manage you music, Pebble has a list of handy apps. Setting up Pebble is easy, you just need to download the Pebble app onto your phone.
What started as the most successful Kickstarter project, Pebble raised over $10 million from over 69,000 backers. According to Inc.com, to date 85,000 watches have been sold at a price of $150 each. In a review done by 512pixels.net, the watch has a battery that can last a week and can be easily charged via a USB cable connected to a computer. The face of the watch can also be easily customized. However, in the concluding comments of the review, the reviewer states that although the idea of a smartwatch is cool, the Pebble is still rather simple. The review explains that as iOS does not have a notification setting to “send to Bluetooth”, in order to grant an app’s notifications the ability to be pushed to the Pebble, you have to disable and then re-enable the notification. Moreover, when the Pebble loses connection from the iPhone, the watch has to be re-setup.
According to Inc.com, wearable computing has created itself a niche in various industries and is about to jump out at you from everywhere. Whether through watches or 3D glasses, wearable devices will shape the environment around us. Even thought this is the case, Inc.com explains that a lot more has to be done before these products become mass-market, including managing always on connections.
So want to test out the Pebble for yourself? As stated on Mashable.com, the hardest part of the Pebble experience is actually getting one. The maker of the watch reportedly has more than 80,000 pre-orders on Kickstarter and the web and is now working on shipping the watch to its backers. If you want to get the Pebble, you can pre-order it from GetPebble.com but the wait can be long.
Although the watch seems like it could be a cool gadget to have, that’s exactly how I see it…a gadget. I’m not really keen on consistently wearing a gadget around my wrist just as I do not want to walk around with 3D glasses on my face. In the techie world, it may seem like the new trend but according to fashion, I think it’s a faux pas. What about you, could this smartwatch replace your current one?
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