Pebble wristwatch breaks Kickstarter record with over $4.4m

Just a few days ago, Pebble Technology launched its Kickstarter campaign. It asked people to help it raise just $100,000 so it could develop a wristwatch that would connect to an iPhone or Android-based device and give its owners access to a number of apps. The response to the Kickstarter campaign has already been massive, with that $100,000 goal achieved in a matter of hours.

As of this news post, the Pebble wristwatch Kickstarter campaign has amassed a total of over $4.4 million in pledges, making it the single largest amount of money ever raised for a Kickstarter project. The campaign still has 30 days to go so that number could double or even triple before it's all over.

It's likely that the main reason behind such a response is the rewards list for the Pebble wristwatch, where a person who pledges even the lowest reward amount of $99 will get one of these connected wristwatches. When the device does go on sale, Pebble plans to give it a price point that will be over $150.

Pebble intends to ship the first Pebble wristwatches to its Kickstarter backers in August. In addition, the company will release the Pebble SDK for free before the watch is released so that software makers can get a head start on making apps for the new device.

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Uplift said,
What do you get for donating?
Depends how much you donate...the rewards list is on the side of the kickstarter page. $115 is the least you can donate to get a watch.

I helped when this was at $1.3m and I thought that was a lot of money! For me the only features that would be "nice to have" would be BT 4.0 for the battery life improvements and an inductive charging stand ...

Otherwise I think its a great product, hence my backing

Shikaka said,
Looks good but i bet it will suck battery life no?
7 days atm...which seems like not that much for a watch...but when you look at everything its got and how small it is, that's actually damn good.

Edited by philcruicks, Apr 19 2012, 12:39am :

mintbiskit said,
Is it better than the Sony SmartWatch for Android?

Depends on your opinion...biggest difference is the screen...this is e-paper (like the kindle) so much much better battery life. thay say 7 days atm..and if that upgrade it to BT 4.0 rather than 2.0 then it'll go up even more...the Sony one is an LCD screen so probs a day or 2 battery.
most of the other features are similar thought I think.

philcruicks said,
I'm gonna help once I get some money in a week or 2. up to $4.6mil already

You can pledge now, you don't pay until the pledge date in may

hjf288 said,

You can pledge now, you don't pay until the pledge date in may


Yeah I know but I also wanna see if they're gonna put bluetooth 4.0 in before I pledge...would be a good addition IMO and 1 I know a lot of people are asking for.

psionicinversion said,
They've already said that they will make it compatible with WP cus seems like alot of interest also the money will allow them to. I might buy 1 to
No they've said they're gonna try, currently they've said that "Unfortunately WP7 doesn't have the Bluetooth features we need in order to make Pebble work with it. Maybe someday."

philcruicks said,
No they've said they're gonna try, currently they've said that "Unfortunately WP7 doesn't have the Bluetooth features we need in order to make Pebble work with it. Maybe someday."

Windows Phone 8 at the earliest

If they work like they say they do it will be the first watch I wear in a looooong time, but ONLY if they make a WP7/8 one.

Well it's a great idea and it looks like the technology to make this feasible (and fashionable) is finally here, that's why I (amongst many others) am backing this project.

rajputwarrior said,
those are some ugly watches...

That's what I was thinking.

Not to mention I'm not sure what I would want to see from my phone on my wristwatch. Certainly not email notifications.

rajputwarrior said,
those are some ugly watches...

Personal preference, to me it's one of the better looking watches and I'm one of the current 30,000+ that ordered one.