Celebrating Women in Computing at Grace Hopper 2015

Below is a guest post by Erin Boehlert, a Computer Science student at UNC Chapel Hill. Pebble invited Erin to attend the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, TX and blog about her experience during the conference.

First of all, thank you to Pebble for sponsoring me and a few other women at UNC Chapel Hill to attend The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (#GHC15)! I wouldn’t have been able to go without it. This was my first time attending Grace Hopper, so I wanted to make the most of my experience. Here are some of the highlights from the event:


My friend, Marina, at the Oculus Demo.

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Pebble: More to Love at Sweet New Prices

Celebrating Pebble’s Growth with New Things to Love

When we launched Pebble two and a half years ago, our mission was simple: build the most enjoyable, customizable, and versatile smartwatch on the market at an accessible price. The market has exploded since then, but our mission remains the same.

Last January at CES 2014, we unveiled Pebble Steel to critical acclaim. It was a resounding success and the catalyst for tremendous growth. Since then, we’ve opened the Pebble appstore, which boasts over 4,000 apps that have been downloaded five million times. Our open platform counts over 18,000 developers, from passionate hackers to partners like Mercedes-Benz, Pandora, the Weather Channel, and ESPN.

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Pebble Makes Fitness Shine, Partners with Misfit

When we created Pebble, we designed it with health and fitness in mind—making it waterproof and including an accelerometer. Since then, we’ve partnered with RunKeeper, Strava, Puma, and many more to give Pebble users a compelling health and fitness experience. We now have sleep trackers, step counters, and even swim watchapps that take advantage of Pebble’s open platform.

But we’re not standing still. Today we’re delighted to announce that Pebble and Misfit have joined forces to bring state-of-the-art activity tracking to Pebble smartwatches on wrists worldwide. Misfit, makers of Shine—a beautiful fitness and sleep monitor—have applied their expertise with user experience and algorithms to the Pebble ecosystem.

The Misfit watchapp is available today in the Pebble appstore, and lets users count steps and track their activity right from their wrists—no smartphone or Shine required. In addition, Misfit’s latest iOS app will be available from Apple’s App Store soon. It includes support for Pebble watches and tracks additional metrics such as calories burned and distance traveled.

Today’s app is just the first step towards seamless integration with Misfit and Activity tracking on Pebble. We’ll unveil additional functionality in future updates, so stay tuned! As the first milestone in an ongoing partnership and collaboration between Pebble and Misfit, we aim to provide intuitive health and fitness tracking for all.

Misfit and Pebble

Hacking with Pebble

Spark + Pebble = Building the Internet of Things at Maker Faire Bay Area (Updated)

UPDATE: If you’re in the Bay Area and want to demo a cool Pebble hardware hack you’ve built, tell us about your project! Your Maker Faire ticket will be paid by Team Pebble if we select your hack.

Pebble was born from hacking. Back in 2008, Eric plugged a Nokia phone display and Bluetooth radio into an Arduino board and our first prototype came to life. Hacking is part of Pebble’s DNA, and is reflected today in the awesome apps made by Pebble developers using our SDK — from flying an AR Drone to controlling a Tesla. That’s why you’ll find Pebble at Maker Faire Bay Area on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Event Center.

Pebble and Spark

Come hack with Pebble + Spark at Maker Faire Bay Area, 17–18 May!

But we’re not doing it alone. We’re sharing a booth with the wonderful folks at Spark, makers of the Spark Core — a tiny, Arduino-compatible WiFi development board. The Spark team created an easy-to-use product that allows anyone to connect everyday electronics to the internet over WiFi. We have a lot in common, from our Kickstarter beginnings and passion for hacking to our open platforms and strong developer communities.

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Pebble at GDC: let’s play

When we launched SDK 1.0 almost a year ago, we knew it was only a matter of time until developers started making games for Pebble. Before long, we saw great Tetris, Pong, and Asteroid clones available for download from My Pebble Faces.

Now, with SDK 2.0, which includes accelerometer support, and the Pebble appstore for iOS and Android, there’s never been a better time to develop games for Pebble. In addition to classics titles like Pebtris, Pebloid and multiplayer Chess, Tiny Bird (a Flappy Bird clone) is consistently one of the most popular downloads on the Pebble appstore. Below are the top 10 games currently available on the Pebble appstore.

  • Tiny Bird
  • MiniDungeon
  • Pebtris
  • Ledge Climber
  • Chess
  • Falldown
  • Orbtime
  • Pebloid
  • Blackjack
  • Ask the Helix Fossil

We believe Pebble is a great new platform for studios around the world to create awesome  games — specifically mini games and casual games. Today at GDC, we’re introducing three new titles which are going live on the Pebble appstore: Mr. Runner (Zing Games), an endless runner; Icon Pop Quiz (Alegrium), a fun quiz game; and Hatchi (Portable Pixels), a Tamagachi like game. Continue reading…


It’s Time for the Pebble appstore on Android, new partner apps, and SXSW!

We’re excited to announce that the Pebble Android app featuring the Pebble appstore is now available for download from the Google Play store. It’s taken a bit longer than expected, but we wanted our Android users to enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience we recently provided to Pebblers on iOS.


Special thanks to the Pebble users and developers who tested our Android beta builds: your help and feedback was invaluable. So dive in, because it’s time! Download Pebble for Android 2.0 from Google Play and unlock a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces waiting for you in the Pebble appstore (full release notes after the jump).

If you’re looking for sweet Android and Pebble apps and watchfaces to get started with, check a few of our favorite Android companion apps:

  • Glance lets you customize your Pebble with weather, calendar, and stocks and send pre-configured SMS messages.
  • Canvas lets you design watchfaces on your smartphone and publish them instantly to your Pebble.
  • PebbleCam turns your Pebble into a remote viewfinder and control for your smartphone camera.
  • Music Boss lets you to launch and control any music app on your smartphone from your wrist, with volume control included.
  • Sleep as Android is a smart alarm clock and sleep-cycle tracker that integrates with Pebble and wakes you up gently.
Featured Android Companion Apps on the Pebble appstore

Featured Android Companion Apps on the Pebble appstore

New Partner Apps!

We’re also thrilled to welcome three new partners, launching today on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable. They join our growing lineup of partners, including Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare!

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It’s time to explore the Pebble appstore

Last month at CES 2014 we announced the Pebble appstore — the very first open platform for sharing apps optimized for wearables. We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for the appstore to launch and today’s the day.

We’re extremely proud to announce that the Pebble appstore is now live with over 1000 apps and watchfaces. The appstore is built into the Pebble app on your iOS or Android device, and lets you find, browse and download Pebble apps and watchfaces directly from your smartphone.

Pebble’s mission is to make products that mesh easily with your life. Until now, Pebble users discovered apps and watchfaces through several awesome third party resources like MyPebbleFaces. The Pebble appstore changes all this by providing a simple one-stop-shop for you to discover, manage, and install apps and watchfaces.

The appstore features separate areas for apps and watchfaces, with six app categories: Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, and Games. This makes it easier than ever to find your next favorite app — whether you’re tracking your workout, managing your music, or controlling your thermostat.

But the Pebble appstore is more than just a centralized location for apps and watchfaces. We’re actively curating the appstore to bring you the best apps and watchfaces every day. In addition, the locker stores your favorite apps and watchfaces and provides a quick and easy way to load and unload them from your Pebble.

The new Pebble app for iOS which includes the Pebble appstore is now available for download in the iTunes Store. We’re still fine tuning the Pebble app for Android, so stay tuned — it’s coming very, very soon.

Update: A beta of the Pebble app for Android which includes the Pebble appstore is now available for developers.

Introducing Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel is shipping!

It’s time! Pebble Steel is shipping today.

At CES, we launched our new, premium smartwatch, Pebble Steel, and we’ve been blown away by the reception. Early orders are leaving the factory today, and your shipping confirmation emails will be arriving shortly. We appreciate your patience while we’re ramping up production to make sure each Pebble Steel meets our exacting standards.

The Pebble appstore, which we also announced at CES 2014, is coming very, very soon. We’re excited to let you explore and discover the thousands of awesome SDK 2.0 apps and watchfaces developers have already submitted — including partner apps from Foursquare, GoPro, Yelp and ESPN. Stay tuned…

CES 2014: Welcoming Pebble Steel, Pebble appstore, and new partners to the Family

Two thousand and thirteen was an incredible year for Pebble. We shipped to our Kickstarter backers; landed at Best Buy, AT&T, and Amazon; enabled iOS 7 notifications; launched SDK 2.0; and more—all thanks to amazing support from Pebblers and developers like you.

Our running start to 2013 happened right here at CES when we showed Pebble publicly for the very first time. Today, with over 300,000 Pebbles on wrists all over the world, we’re back in Las Vegas with really great news to share.

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