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The Pebble ‘smartwatch’ sets a new benchmark for mobile technology


The Pebble ‘smartwatch’ sets a new benchmark for mobile technology

What do you get the man who has everything?

Smartphones and tablets are great, allowing multimedia connectivity pretty much anywhere. But are they completely mobile? Can you go running with it, or swimming with it, or surfing with it? Can you truly be connected at all times?

For some people, the thought of always being online/on social media and permanently contactable fills them with dread. But for the 70,000 people who stumped up a combined US$15 million for Kickstarter project Pebble, a new, fully connected ‘smartwatch’, it is clearly a far more appealing proposition.

According to its website, ‘Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.’

And for many people these days, ‘everyday life’ is all about being connected. So as well as the rather cool customisable watch faces, Pebble lets you access emails and keep on top of your social media messages, making it a business necessity as much as a personal luxury.

The makers have already developed apps for it that can turn it into a pedometer, speedometer, music controller, golf rangefinder (anyone else think they’re aiming this at the male executive market?), but given the level of interest it can only be a matter of time before content creators are developing Pebble-specific apps.

Here’s an interview Eric Migicovsky, the brains behind Pebble…

Weighing just 38.2g and with its black-and-white screen boasting a resolution of 144 x 168 pixels, the Pebble is about to be shipped to its many backers (it is Kickstarter’s most successful product to date), before being made available to the general public for US$149.

So what do you get the man who has everything? This could be it.

 

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