Oodles of Color

Hi everybody!

Quick update before the Canada Day long-weekend.

Color Selection

We’ve started accepting color suggestions. So if you’ve got any ideas for cool Pebble colors, here’s how you can get your voice heard! The best way to send us your color is with the hex color value. Don’t forget to create a memorable name, then send your suggestion to us via

After you post your suggestion, we’ll create a render of Pebble using your suggestion and post it on our Pinterest page. If you like someone else’s color combination, be sure to repin, tweet, like or generally talk about it!

Next week, we’ll be sending out an email to all backers of a color pebble with a link to the color voting survey, taking into consideration all the suggestions that we’ve received.

PCB Layout Complete

A major milestone is complete…we’ve created the final design for our printed circuit board (PCB). This is the main electronics board that contains all the integrated circuits and passive components that make up Pebble. It’s double sided…so that 3D render above is just one side! The wires coming out the bottom are from the vibrating motor.

This is close to the actual size of the board. It’s roughly the size of the ‘tab’ key on a MacBook keyboard.

Android Developer APIs

Pebble was at Google IO this week. We used the opportunity to start the conversation with developers around our Android APIs. If you’re interested, you can learn more atdeveloper.getpebble.com. This is just the beginning of our developer outreach, we’ll be releasing other sections of our SDK over the coming months.
Eric + Pebble team


Summer Plans

Hi Pebblers,

Just wanted to share our game plan for the summer. We’re putting together a lot of moving pieces:


Steve from Pebble, Herman and David (from Dragon) in the middle of a plastic molding discussion

  • Factory bring-up: working with our factory to finalize the design of each individual component and subsystem of the watch, moving towards the first factory-made prototype of Pebble
  • Component sourcing: orders have been placed for all electronic components on the board multiplied by 85,000!
  • Software: a whole bunch of new software engineers joined our team very recently. They’re working on things like the user interface and interaction design (read: what the buttons will do and more!), Pebble’s Software Development Kit (SDK) and APIs for developers, and our iOS and Android apps.


Instead of keeping you wondering when we’ll post our next update, we’d like to make a commitment to post an update (at least) once every three weeks.

So that means three weeks from now, we’ll have posted our next update. We’re looking forward to sharing all kinds of cool things with you during the next few months including updates from the factory, links to developer information, screenshots of the iOS and Android app as they take shape, preview videos of Pebble in action showing off the interface, announcement of new app partners and more! One thing I want to say up front: we are not planning on announcing any new dates or timeframes relating to manufacturing. This is our first major production run and we don’t want to start making promises like ‘next week we’ll have the first samples!’. We’ll update you as much as possible, but we won’t be mentioning dates.

We’re also posting updates on Twitter @pebble and Facebook. These updates are official (from the Pebble team) but the final word about Pebble is always in an update. So if there is any confusion, the updates on Kickstarter will always be correct.

Color Selection

For all the backers of a color Pebbles…this is what you’ve been looking forward to! In an update (as well as email) we’ll be publishing a webpage where all color Backers will be able to vote on a color from a short-list of colors that we’ve seen people talk about on our comments, forums, Twitter, Facebook, other websites and more. Your vote will not tie your Pebble to that specific color…if you don’t end up liking the Voter’s Choice color, you’re free to choose one of the other 3 colors (Arctic White, Jet Black or Cherry Red).


Pebble is hiring! We’re looking to meet an experienced Developer Evangelist and hopefully convince him or her to join our team. If you are programmer who has written APIs, consumed a lot of APIs and/or really really enjoys talking with other developers about APIs…we’d like to meet you! Please email us at jobs@getpebble.com with your experience in this area, links to github/twitter/blog etc.

Eric + Pebble team



Pebble Campaign Success!

Thirty-seven days are up…and we have reached the end of our campaign. We set out with a goal of raising $100,000 and thanks to you, we’ve raised over $10,000,000! We are extremely happy that you’ve given us the opportunity to make Pebble a reality. Our current goal is clear: over the next few months we’ll be working 24-7 to make Pebble as awesome as possible, and get it onto your wrist as quickly as possible.

Over the next few weeks, expect to see a variety to updates related to the voter’s choice colour survey, team introductions, and manufacturing updates. We will also be in correspondence with you via email for specifics like colour choices and shipping information.

Thank You Backers (or Pebblers, whichever you prefer)! All 68,928 of you. For those that didn’t get to participate in our campaign, you can sign up for future releases atwww.getpebble.com.

You can also get even more involved through our forumsfacebook, or twitter pages.

Eric + The Pebble Team

PS. The Pebble Team has grown since we launched our Kickstarter campaign 37 days ago. Here’s a little something to help you put a face to a name:

Eric Migicovsky

Andrew Witte

Rahul Bhagat

Steve Johns

Martijn The

Sarah Otten

Matthew Zulak

Nicholas Ford

Bradley Murray

Ryan Case

+ Adam & Chris (our co-op students who are now back in school)


International Pledge Note

Hi Pebblers!

We’re almost there! Just a little bit of housekeeping from Pebble HQ. Our Kickstarter campaign will be closing on Friday May 18 at 8:00PM Pacific Standard Time.

At that time, your credit cards will be charged – a process that may take a few days. This is a reminder to make sure that the credit card you have used has enough credit to fulfill your pledge and is still active (has not been cancelled). We want to make sure that everyone who signed up for a Pebble receives one.


To change your credit card information:

1. Click on the “Manage Your Pledge” button. You must be signed into Kickstarter to see this button.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
3. Click on the “Change Payment Method” option. Please be very careful not to press the “cancel pledge” option beside it! If you cancel your pledge, you will lose your reward and we cannot restore it!
From there you will be sent to an Amazon page where you can check on or correct your credit card information.


We will also be receiving contact emails for each of our Backers through Kickstarter. In the months after the project closes, we’ll be emailing you directly with colour selection, shipping address requests and other updates.

As a bit of an aside – Eric, Steve and Andrew have sent us a couple of pictures from China. Looks like they’ve been talking shop and eating dumplings! You can follow the adventure on Pinterest or @pebblewatch.


This rest of this update is specifically for backers with shipping addresses outside of the United States

There has been some confusion over the international shipping fees. Since your credit cards will be charged when the campaign closes on Friday, an update seems the best way to make sure everyone has pledged properly.

Canadian or International backers: Please make sure you’ve added/included shipping fees in your pledge total.

If you have not done this, here’s how to manage your pledge and add shipping:
1. On the Pebble Kickstarter page, click on the button that says “Manage Your Pledge.” You must be signed into Kickstarter to see this button.

2. Type your pledge amount in the first box. Make sure that your pledge amount is the appropriate reward amount plus the applicable shipping fees.

Check the following table to verify your pledge level including shipping.

Please NoteIf you pledge any less than your reward level, you will lose your reward position and someone else might pick it up. For example, if you pledged $115 for a jet black Pebble and forgot to include international shipping, pledge $130 and NOT just $15. You will receive a new pledge confirmation email from Amazon, and Amazon will only bill you once.

3. Click continue and confirm your pledge in the pop-up window.

4. From here you will be required to sign into your Amazon account. For this step, continue exactly as you did when making your original pledge.


If you have questions, please check out our forum post: http://forums.getpebble.com/topics/460 or check the comments on Kickstarter. If you really really need to, you can send me an email at sarah@getinpulse.com. But please check the comments to see if your question has been answered already.

Kind regards, Sarah + Pebble Team



Hi Pebblers,

Quick checkin from our boarding gate. Andrew (lead engineer), Steve (industrial designer) and I (Eric) are about to head off on a trip to China. We’re flying to Hong Kong, then crossing over into the Dongguan area. We’ll be checking in with the factories that are helping us bring Pebble to life.

Pebble is sold out!

After we posted on Tuesday, it took about 26 hours for the remaining Pebbles to sell out. You guys move fast! For those who didn’t get one, you can still sign up here to find out when more Pebbles will be available.

Pebble + Twine

We partnered with Twine, one of the most awesome Kickstarter projects ever. Check it out at http://supermechanical.com/twine/

More soon!
Eric + Team


And one more thing…

Dear Kickstarter backers,
You’ve written comments, sent us email, tweeted @pebblewatch and posted on facebook.com/getpebble. I want to thank you for this. Today, we’d like to announce that your enthusiasm has helped convince us to move the entire Pebble roadmap forward and bring you a brand new feature.

Bluetooth 4.0 – inside every Pebble!

All Pebble watches will support Bluetooth 2.1 (as before) as well as Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)

Here are the details:
– Bluetooth 4.0 is the latest Bluetooth standard
– It’s backwards compatible and works with all phones for which we originally pledged to support
– Please view this as our efforts to Future-Proof Pebble for our Kickstarter backers
– Bluetooth 4.0 is not a magic battery extender.
– We probably won’t enable Bluetooth 4.0 at launch, but we’ll turn it on with software at a later date (via a free upgrade)
– Our main goal in adding Bluetooth 4.0 is eventual support of wireless sensors like heart-rate and cadence (for cycling)
– It will probably not make your watch or phone battery last too much longer, but we’ll see what we can do!
Please note that we’ve been planning this addition to Pebble for a while. We made sure that the Bluetooth module that we’re using had a ‘drop-in’ upgrade option to BT 4.0. We’ve already placed a large order for the 4.0-enabled module, and it will have no effect on our timeline (hint: that’s what Update 9 was 1/2 about!).

We’re limiting Kickstarter rewards to 85,000 Pebbles 

Just wanted to let everyone know that our current plan is to limit the total number of Kickstarter rewards to around 85,000 Pebbles. As soon as the total exceeds that, all rewards will change to being ‘sold out’. Right now you have claimed 75,000 watches, that leaves only 10,000 more before Pebble is sold out!

We’ve thought a lot about this decision, and we feel it’s time. You, our backers, were the first group of people to believe in Pebble, and we want to return our focus to creating the most awesome watch possible for you.
Pebble will be available eventually for $150 USD from www.getpebble.com, but the expected delivery date will be well after the ship date of all Kickstarter backers.

Reddit AMA: Ask Eric Anything!

Any Reddit.com fans out there? I will be hosting an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on www.reddit.com/r/iama today at 1pm EST (10a PST). Please feel free to drop by and ask me a question.
I personally can’t thank you enough. The whole team has been in a constant state of excitement over the last 4 weeks, and it’s all thanks to you. Summer is around the corner, and I feel like the adventure is just starting. It’s awesome that we’re going to be able to share it with you, our proud backers. Thanks!
Eric + Pebble Team (Andrew, Steve, Rahul, Chris, Adam and the new ones: Sarah, Martijn, Nick, Matt, Brad, Ryan)


More backers…more component orders!

A few backers were wondering how we’ll be communicating with you throughout the manufacturing and shipping process. All official updates will be posted on this Update page (and automatically emailed to you) as manufacturing continues. We can’t share everything for various reasons (we need to respect non-disclosure agreements that we’ve signed and protect our intellectual property) but here’s a quick sample!

I placed an order for a few more long lead-time components today. If you can believe it, this purchase order (PO) is for just 2 of the electronic components inside Pebble! This will be the first cheque I’ve signed with this many zeros and commas.

Hope you have an awesome weekend and for our far east backers, continue having an awesome weekend!

Eric + Pebble Team



RunKeeper Announces App for Pebble!

Dear Backers,

Thank you for your continued support of the Pebble project. Through your tremendous backing, we have been able to get connected with an amazing app that will make your Pebble even more awesome.

We are extremely happy to announce official support for RunKeeper – the most awesome way to track your workouts! I’m told over 10 million people have used RunKeeper. The RunKeeper app uses the built-in GPS on your phone to track your progress as you run, cycle, walk, hike, and generally move around. It crunches that data and gives you statistics like speed, average pace, elapsed time and more.

I love using RunKeeper for bike rides around Palo Alto, but I’m also excited to use Pebble + RunKeeper during some cross-country ski trips next winter! I can’t wait to be able to glance down at my wrist and see instant workout data without having to dig out my phone.

We’re really happy to be working with the RunKeeper team and look forward to the exciting new ways in which the Pebble might be used!

If you’re an app developer, big or small, please keep Pebble in mind. We’d love to talk to you. Developers, please sign up here so we can keep track of everyone.


Eric + Pebble Team


Happy Birthday Kickstarter!

Here at Pebble HQ, we’re very grateful that Kickstarter has given us an awesome platform and the ability to connect with you (our amazing backers). We’d like to wish Kickstarter a happy 3rd birthday – we can’t wait to see what incredible projects we’ll be able to back in their 4th year!

Thanks again for your tremendous suggestions, comments and forum posts. We’ve grown our team to help tackle all the messages we’re getting! I’d like to welcome Sarah, who is helping respond to private messages and reaching out to our backers.

Stay Tuned!

Rahul + Pebble Team


Warranty + Backer Discussion Forum

Hi guys and girls,

Friday evening update for you! I want to answer some key questions that came up this week in the comments section and through private messages.

Again, we are trying to read every single comment and message. It’s hard, but that’s what we need to do to earn your trust. Responses are taking longer because we’re don’t want to just copy and paste text. Instead, we’ll be posting updates to bring everyone up to speed. It’s a 37 day long Kickstarter project, and we’ll be present and posting the whole way through. We’re also here for the long haul, and we’ll be using Kickstarter updates even after you get Pebble on your wrist.


We will be offering a warranty for all Pebbles sent out to backers. We’re still working on the exact details of this warranty, keeping in mind the interests of our fully international backer list.

Discussion Forum

We soft-launched our own discussion forum the other day. You may have seen a few links to it on the comments section…we wanted to try it out before sending it to all 39,000 (!!) of you.


That’s the link! Please try to sign up using the same email address as your Kickstarter account. Don’t worry too much if you forget, we’ll be adding functionality to change your email address in a bit. Also working on new post highlighting and a search feature. What else do you want to see on the forums?

Forum rules: Absolutely no hateful comments. This will not be tolerated. We want this to be a friendly environment to discuss our mutual interest in a Pebble-y future. Please remain respectful of others. Other rules: do not spam, do not post copyright infringing material and do not post offensive links or images.

Answers to common questions

We’ve posted a Frequently Asked Questions thread to the forums. Click here! It has lots of info, like how to add shipping charges to your pledge and other important answers

Thanks again, backers! Have an awesome weekend.

Eric + Team.