Projects We Love: Meet Pebble Makers

A major highlight of the Pebble journey so far is the friends we make along the way.

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Pebble Projects We Love

Our vision for wearable technology became a foundation for others to expand upon and be inspired by. All the credit in the world goes to those who have used Pebble to improve the lives of those with lifelong conditions like diabetes and Parkinson’s; assist teachers in the classroom; start successful businesses; express their creativity; or learn to code and crowdfund their own projects.

We love doing right by the people who love us by supporting and loving them back. On that note, check out some recent projects we love. We’re excited to see these ideas coming to life.

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Now We’re Talking: Amazon Alexa Comes to Pebble Core

Today, we’re proud to announce Amazon Alexa integration with Pebble Core, bringing Amazon’s acclaimed voice services to a fully-independent, 3G-connected wearable device for the first time ever. Pebble Core backers on Kickstarter will be the first to experience Amazon Alexa on Pebble’s infinitely hackable ultra-wearable when shipping begins in early 2017.

Pebble + Alexa

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Off to a Running Start!

Whoa.

We’re only four days in, and once again, your support has blown us away! You charged hard out of the gates to affirm your belief in our vision for the future of wearable technology. We couldn’t be more humbled and appreciative of your confidence in us. Making you proud to be a Pebbler is what we live for.

Pebble on Kickstarter

Pebble Core, Pebble 2, and Time 2 has now passed $8.5 million from more than 45k backers, making it the 6th most funded Kickstarter campaign in history. Think you’ve got what it takes to carry us into the Top 5?

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Make Wearables Great Again!

Pebble on Kickstarter

 

We’re Back…Ask Us Anything!

Thank you so much backing our latest project so far and getting us passed our $1 million project goal in the first hour!

I’d like to take some time to reflect on where we’ve been, highlight why we’re excited for this project, and share our vision for the future. Don’t call it a comeback—we’ve been here for years 😉

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Pebble 2, Core, Time 2

It’s On: Bring Three New Pebbles to Life on Kickstarter

In 2012, you put smartwatches on the map during the original Pebble project, raising over $10M on Kickstarter. In 2015, you made crowdfunding history again with Pebble Time, supporting our second campaign for over $20M. They say “good things come in threes,” and “everything’s better with friends,” so we’re inviting you to join us for our latest adventure.

Let’s make wearables great again 🙂

Pebble 2 ($99 on Kickstarter) reimagines the essential smartwatch with heart rate-enabled activity tracking.This year, Pebble is back on Kickstarter with three trailblazing new wearables.

Pebble 2 on Kickstarter


Pebble Time 2 ($169 on Kickstarter) delivers the ultimate pro smartwatch with a larger, color e-paper screen and heart rate monitoring.

Pebble Time 2


Pebble Core ($69 on Kickstarter) takes lightweight, phone-free fitness tracking, GPS, and music from dream to reality.

Pebble Core

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Bringing delightful, affordable wearable technology to the world is the puzzle Pebble lives to solve. Our latest vision for the future is almost complete. We’re back on Kickstarter for the most important piece…You.

Ready for the most complete smartwatches we’ve ever made? Psyched for a hackable ultra-wearable that keeps you on course and connected without a phone? If the answer is “yes,” then join us for the ride and be the first to welcome Pebble’s most ambitious wearable lineup starting this Fall.

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Thank you, Pebblers: Pebble Time Watch for iPhone Is Live

We’re delighted to report Pebble Time Watch for iPhone is live on the iTunes AppStore.

Pebble Time Watch for iOS

Made with <3 by Team Pebble

It normally takes a few hours for ITunes app updates to be visible to all users around the world, so hang tight if the new apps don’t show up for you immediately.

All Pebble Time backers with watches in-hand can now set up their rewards, grab cool watchfaces, and discover amazing apps. An update (v2.6.6) to the original Pebble iPhone app is also available to Pebble and Pebble Steel users (full release notes for both apps are below).

Credit Where It’s Due

It’s thanks to you, the one-million-and-growing community of Pebble users, developers, and fans that Pebble Time Watch is on the AppStore today. You carried this torch across the finish line. If only we could dish out a million-plus high fives to all of you.

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Pebble Time Pre-orders start 22 June

Let Pebble Time Shipping Begin! Pre-Orders Start June 22

Pebble Time Shipping Starts Today

Let’s Ship Some Watches!

Pebble Time rewards begin their journeys home as shipments to our amazing Kickstarter backers are underway:

  • With Pebble Time now at distribution centers, shipping labels and tracking numbers will start going out and ramp up quickly.
  • The first 10,000 Pebble Time rewards will ship from our five distribution centers around the world this week.
  • From there, we’ll keep on shipping! All Pebble Time backers should receive tracking numbers by mid-June.

The support and feedback from our first million Pebblers since starting this journey has carried us further and faster than we imagined. Thanks to them, we’re delivering the most focused, purpose-built smartwatch for busy people to Get. Things. Done.

Pebble Time builds on the past, focuses on the present, and welcomes the future.

For Pebble Time-ready apps and watchfaces you’ll love at first sight, check our new guide »

Ready for the World, Your Wrist, and Pre-Orders

After getting Pebble Time on backers’ wrists, let’s make it rain everywhere else. You can help us spread the love.

Pebble Time pre-orders begin on Monday, June 22

Pre-order timing was a burning question ever since wrapping our last Kickstarter campaign. With the cat out of the bag, let’s welcome more Pebblers to the Time family. To stay in the loop about pre-order day, sign up at pebble.com/pebble_time and we’ll remind you directly.

Better with Time

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It’s (almost) Software Time!

Hello Pebblers!

Apologies for the radio silence the last couple months. We know it has been a long time since we shared an update, but we’ve had our heads down focusing on some exciting developments and big news is brewing.

This Wednesday, November 6th, we’ll be sharing the details. You’re invited to join our (hopefully less blue) livestream at 10am PST to hear the news first hand. Just visit www.getpebble.com Wednesday after 9am PST for a link to the event. If you’re currently developing for Pebble, or interested in creating apps for Pebble, then you should definitely tune in!

We’ll also post the news for those who can’t join and a recording of the livestream will be available immediately following the event. Eric and Pebble’s developer support team will also be available to take questions on a Reddit AMA on Wednesday at Noon PST.

Most of you have Pebbles on wrists by now, but our records show that 460 of our 68,929 backers are still waiting. If you are one of those 460, we want to hear from you! We need a correct email and shipping address so we can send your Pebble(s). Please enter your info at http://bit.ly/kswaiting and we’ll confirm Pebble shipments as fast as we can.

Thanks once again for your support, much more to follow soon!

Team Pebble

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Pebble iOS Email Notification Update + Pebble Developer Event

Email Notifications now work from iOS devices!

Today we released an update to the Pebble iOS App with the long awaited email notification feature! Now iOS users can receive email notifications from any IMAP or Gmail account on Pebble.

Unlike other notification types on iOS, email is not a push notification. Instead the Pebble iOS App checks for new email every 15 minutes and sends any new email notifications to your Pebble. Like other notifications if you receive more than one email, they will be presented in a stack that you can scroll through.

To set up email notifications, update your Pebble iOS App to version 1.2 then set up email notifications for any IMAP or Gmail account right in the Pebble iOS App. You can temporarily disable individual accounts if you prefer to only receive notifications from one of your email accounts.

Need help getting set up? Visit our Support Center.

Pebble Developer Retreat

Calling all Pebble Developers!

We’re hosting the first ever Pebble Developer Retreat from August 29th-30th at the Pebble Headquarters in Palo Alto.

Join us and be among the first to use new APIs, learn more about the future of Pebble, prepare your apps for the future and get direct support from Pebble developers.

We’ll be presenting improvements to the SDK and soliciting feedback from visiting developers. This is a chance to shape the future of the Pebble SDK!

Participation is limited to developers who have already published an application for Pebble, or created a smartphone application that works with Pebble. Due to limited space, we’ll be selecting participants from near and far to come work with our team. We’ll even cover travel expenses for a select number of participants, so don’t let distance deter you!

The first round of applications will close August 6th.
APPLY NOW!

We’re focused on improving the developer experience and providing better development tools so you can bring your wearable app ideas to life. Your participation will help us create the best possible platform. We hope to see you here!

Thanks and keep on Pebbling!

Team Pebble

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What’s Next for Pebble

Hi Pebblers,It’s been an incredible few months for Pebble. Since January, we’ve shipped over 93,000 Pebbles to backers and pre-order customers in over 150 countries around the world. Team Pebble now has over 29 employees and we’re still hiring. I’ll also be answering questions in an AMA on reddit.com/r/pebble at 12pm PDT (3pm EDT) today.

I want to start by saying that the Pebble community is consistently spectacular. You have dazzled us with your enthusiasm for Pebble. You’ve posted photo after photo showing us how you’re using Pebble in ways we’ve never dreamed. You’ve created thousands of watchapps for Pebble and customized your Pebbles with straps, skins, docks and watchfaces to no end.

Seriously, the coolest thing in the world for me is to walk down the street only to run into someone wearing a Bill Murray watchface.I haven’t posted anything recently about some of the details on this process, so I hope you can bear with me through this long-ish post.

Our mission is to create the world’s best smartwatch and ecosystem

To accomplish this, we have set forth the following goals for the next year:1. Create a solid foundation for 3rd party app development on Pebble2. Manufacture and ship with the goal of getting Pebble onto as many wrists as possibleAt the moment, our software team is laser focused on improving the developer experience. To date, Pebblers have downloaded more than 1 million watchapps…so this is a major priority for us. We recognize that our beta SDK is incomplete, so we’re working quickly to expose more features and APIs to 3rd party developers, making it easier for watch apps to communicate, and building better development tools. Enabling and incentivizing developers to share their watchapps with the entire Pebble community is also a priority. We won’t stop until we’ve created the best platform for you to write the wearable app you’ve been dreaming of. For the greater Pebble community, this means more apps that can provide greater functionalityOn the manufacturing side, we’re continuing to ramp up our production capacity to meet the massive demand for Pebble. Here’s an interesting figure that we haven’t shared before: Since our Kickstarter campaign ended over 190,000 Pebbles have been pre-ordered (including Kickstarter, that’s over 275,000 Pebbles). This is great news for users and developers. More Pebbles = more of a market and demand for Pebble watchapps. With the goal of getting Pebble onto as many wrists as possible, our manufacturing team is constantly working to improve quality and increase capacity. Every day thousands of new Pebbles are rolling off the line.Shipping to pre-order customersMoving forward, we will be contacting people who have placed pre-orders atgetpebble.com in batches. As soon as a new batch of Pebbles is ready at the factory, we will send an email from order@getpebble.com inviting you to enter your payment information. At this time, you’ll be able to change your shipping address and select the color of Pebble you prefer. We are shipping to pre-order customers in the US and around the world (except Germany – see below).For those in the US, you may be able to buy a Pebble at your local Best Buy (subject to availability).We know we’ve had some rough patches along the way from shipping starting later than we expected to color production issues, so I’d like to take a moment to address some important questions we are hearing in the community.Kickstarter Pebble shipmentsIf you’re a Kickstarter backer who hasn’t received your Pebble yet, there are a few things that may have happened. (jump down to the bottom for a full guide)1. If you haven’t entered shipping information, now is the time to do it! 1773 people have not entered full shipping information for us to proceed with shipping (remember to add your phone number!). To find out if this is you, please log ontoaccount.getpebble.com using the email you used on Kickstarter, enter your shipping information and we’ll ship out your Pebble(s).2. Shipments to Germany are paused, but restarting soon. Out of 159 countries that we’ve shipped to, Germany has proven to be the most difficult. Half-way through shipping Black Pebbles to Germany, the customs and technology bureaus banned backers from picking up their Pebble from the post office. Unfortunately, the bureaus did not contact Pebble directly, which caused quite a bit of confusion on our side because we saw thousands of Pebbles successfully ship through to backers in Germany, even while some backers were running into issues. Eventually, we were able to work with German backers and lawyers to figure out what was going wrong. We paused all shipments to Germany, leaving roughly 2,700 Pebbles unshipped to German backers. At this time, we’re getting closer to a solution and have been in email contact with any German backers who reach out to us at kickstarter@getpebble.com3. White Pebbles are now shipping! Good news: the first 4,000 started shipping last week (with tracking numbers going out today and tomorrow), with the remainder working their way from factory to distribution centres now.4. Your Pebble may be in transit. Check the guide below to see if any action is necessary.Why is Pebble now available at Best Buy?We decided to begin selling Black Pebbles (only) at Best Buy in the US after we had shipped all Black Kickstarter and paid pre-order Pebbles for two reasons:1. To reduce the stress on our shipping system,2. To build interest and support for Pebble at a major retailer.There has been concern that we diverted massive shipments of Pebbles away from ourgetpebble.com pre-order customers to fill Best Buy shelves. I want to assure you that Best Buy only received a fraction of our June manufacturing production volume.We’ve also heard reports that many Best Buy stores are out of stock. Again, this is due to heavy demand.What’s up with iPhone/iOS support?A major new feature on iOS will be available within 2-3 weeks. The feature has been lacking since launch: support for email notifications. At first, our testing with iOS 6 indicated that the built-in Bluetooth notification system would be able to send notifications Pebble. Unfortunately, that system only could reliably send SMS and iMessage to Pebble (ironically something we did not promise to support). We’ve finally cracked the email puzzle and the next Pebble iOS app will have full support for Gmail and IMAP email notifications.We’ve also solved a series of bugs that caused a pop-up asking you to “Ignore or Allow communication with Pebble”. This was due to several bugs that caused iOS to prematurely shut down the Pebble app; also caused phonebook lookup to fail. These bugs have been eliminated in the latest iOS app (version 1.1) and this pop-up should occur far less.iOS 7 looks quite cool and useful but we can’t talk about it in detail until Apple releases it publicly. In the meantime, we’ll continue to work with it and test Pebble support under iOS 7..My Pebble malfunctioned and I’m waiting for a replacement, what’s up?So far we’ve received reports of 2046 Pebbles that have some sort of issue in the field. We’ve replaced ~1,800 of them but 300 were caught in RMA-purgatory for the past 4-6 weeks. This was a failure on our part, which we rectified this week. Those 300 pending replacements have now been released for shipping and we’ve nailed down the issue so it will not happen again.Improvements to Pebble SupportWe know this has been a pain point in the Pebble experience and we’ve been staffing up and working to improve response times. We’ve made a ton of progress over the past couple months, but we have not yet reached our goal of providing a response to every inquiry within 24 hours. Our support team, while extraordinarily energetic, has been overwhelmed fairly often causing 3-7 day delays in email communication. Generally these delays occur right after updates (like this one…) and mostly backed up due to massive numbers of questions related to shipping. We’re scaling our team up constantly and will continue to work toward a 24 hours turnaround time.As a team, we read and listen to almost everything related to Pebble. If things are quiet on a certain front, it’s not that we’re ignoring it, but as a small team, it takes time to put processes and plans into place that will really satisfy the wants/needs our community has.Where can I get a replacement charging cable?Great news! You can now buy a replacement charge cable directly from Pebble for $10 USD including free worldwide shipping at https://www.pebble.com/pages/replacement-cable——————–Guide to getting your Pebble.Haven’t received your Pebble? Here’s what you can do:If you are…

  • Waiting for an Arctic White Pebble or,
  • Located in Germany or,
  • You placed a preorder, but have not yet submitted payment (i.e. if you placed a pre-order on getpebble.com but never entered your credit card information).

Then….Please wait just a little longer! White Pebbles are now shipping, we are close to resolving import conflicts in Germany and we are shipping pre-orders as fast as we can! We will be in contact with you shortly.If you are…

  • Waiting for a Jet Black, Cherry Red, Orange or Grey Pebble and
  • You are a Kickstarter Backer or,
  • You placed a preorder and submitted payment via credit card

Then…1. Log into your account at account.getpebble.com using the email you used on Kickstarter or to preorder.2. If you have not previously entered your shipping information, you will be prompted to add it now. Please note that all required fields must be entered to complete this step, including phone number which we require for shipping documentation. This will allow us to initiate the shipping process for you.3. If you did previously enter your shipping address, please check the order status in the right column.4. If your order is in Stage 2 “Your Pebble is Ready”, please email us with the subject line ‘KS Still Waiting S2’ noting the email address from your Pebble account and your stage 2 order status.*5. If your order is in Stage 3 “Processing Shipment” and has been at this stage for 3 weeks or more, please email us with the subject line ‘KS Still Waiting S3’ noting the email address from your Pebble account and your stage 3 order status.*6. If your orders is in Stage 4 “Shipment Sent”, you should see shipment details, including tracking number, in the Shipments section just below Order Status. Please track your shipment with the carrier (USPS.com in the US or SingPost.com outside of the US) to find shipping status.*If you have already emailed us with this subject line, no need to send again.Kickstarter backers, pre-order customers and the general Pebble community at large: once again a massive thank-you for your support. Looking forward to lots more Pebblers joining our community in the near future.

Oh and I’ll be answering any further questions on reddit.com/r/pebble at 12pm PDT (3pm EDT) today.Thanks,Eric + Team Pebble81 Comments