Pebble Algorithm

Opening the Black Box: Publishing Pebble’s activity-tracking algorithms

This is a guest post by Nathaniel Stockham, a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at Stanford University.


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When I started my study of bipolar disorder, I spent an inordinate amount of time comparing different devices, each differing in ease of use, reliability, battery life, remote access, and cost. What eventually led me to Pebble was my need to know exactly what was being calculated.

After reviewing dozens of commercial and clinical devices, I determined the most important variables to measure and designed two algorithms to capture the most salient motion characteristics. After months of validation in collaboration with Pebble and the Stanford Wearables Lab, I am making these two algorithms available to the public to encourage the use of a standard set of measures.

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Enjoy Verizon Text Replies, Improved Sleep, and New Vibrations in Our Latest Updates

Spring has sprung, and we’ve got a fresh round of watch and app updates to enjoy.

iOS Text Reply

iOS Text Reply bypasses current messaging limitations in Apple’s operating system.

Version 3.11 of our firmware and apps expands iOS Text Reply to Verizon customers, upgrades Pebble Health’s sleep tracking, introduces new customization options, and more.

Dive in for what’s new and how to update your watch and Pebble apps. As always, keep us posted about what you love and want to see next.

iOS Text Reply for Verizon

A great chance.

Today!

As you wish!

Verizon Wireless is now a compatible carrier for iOS Text Reply, expanding Pebble’s reach as the first non-Apple smartwatches with working actionable message replies for iPhone.

Verizon Text Reply setup

Pebblers in the US with a Verizon contract can use iOS Text Reply from any Pebble smartwatch. After getting set up, incoming iOS and Verizon Messages can be responded to with a voice note (Time-Series watches only), emoji, or custom text reply.

Verizon Text Reply setup

With Verizon and AT&T on board as compatible carriers for iOS Text Reply, actionable message capabilities for Pebble users on iPhone continues to expand. We are working to get more carriers and services on board in response to your feedback.

For full details about iOS Text Reply, review our Support page.

New Features in 3.11 Firmware and Apps

3.11 Software Updates

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Pebble Time Smartstraps We Love

If our Time-Series watches were peanut butter, then smartstraps are the jelly: sweet extras that make things more awesome. Smartstrap accessories give Pebble Time new powers with technology embedded in the band.

Check out two emerging projects we’re supporting on Kickstarter.

Pagaré: Secure, Wireless Payments

Your watch becomes your wallet with Pagaré by FitPay. The wireless payment smartstrap is secure, fast, and easy. Pay with a wave and go. Works with Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round (20mm).

Support Pagaré on Kickstarter »

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A Gift for Every Pebbler: Introducing Pebble Health and Firmware 3.8 (Release Notes)

Pebble Health

We’re thrilled to share some fantastic updates to Pebble’s software and smartphone apps today, with something for every Pebbler to enjoy. On top of bringing timeline to Pebble Classic and Steel, Pebble Health makes its debut on our Pebble Time lineup. It’s a brand new, fully native activity tracking experience with timeline integration.

Pebble Health: A Friendly, Seamless Approach to Fitness Tracking

Pebble health

Developed in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, Pebble Health tracks your daily activity and automatically detects your sleep phases. Its seamless integration with timeline makes your day’s stats and insights conveniently glanceable and accessible. Wake up to a timeline pin reviewing how much you slept. Wrap up the day with a report of your step count. Getting started with Pebble Health is a breeze. Simply update your Pebble smartphone app and watch to the latest versions and you’re good to go!

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Timeline for Classic Pebbles Is Coming! Accepting Android Beta Testers Now

UPDATE: Pebble Firmware v3.8 with timeline support for Classic Pebbles is now publicly available all users. Simply download the Pebble Time app for iOS (v3.5) or Android (v3.8.1) to migrate your watch.

The Pebble Time Kickstarter project brought more than just color, voice, and ergonomic design to our family of smartwatches. The campaign also introduced a focused and delightful new operating system with Pebble Firmware 3.0. Featuring the timeline interface to organize your past, present, and future, 3.0 is all about delivering the best ways to get things done from your wrist.

During the campaign, we promised to bring support for Pebble Time’s 3.0 operating system to the rest of our lineup as well. We’re happy to announce that timeline, unlimited apps, and more are on their way to Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel this month.

Timeline on Classic

We’re inviting a few Android users to help field test the new firmware now, with the full public release of 3.8 coming soon after. Due to restrictions within the iTunes App Store, we can only extend invitations to beta test Pebble firmware to Android users at this time. Pebblers on iOS will have full access to Firmware 3.8 when it is out of beta and publicly available later this month.

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To beta test Firmware 3.8 on Pebble Classic or Pebble Steel (Android Only):

UPDATE: The 3.8 Beta program is now closed. Firmware 3.8 is now publicly available for download.

  1. Request to join the Timeline for Pebble Classic Beta Group here »
  2. If your request is accepted, you will receive a beta version of the Pebble Time Android app (v3.8.0), downloadable from the Google Play Store. Invitations will be sent on a rolling basis and increase over time. Don’t worry if you aren’t immediately invited to be a beta tester.
  3. Migrate your Pebble Classic or Pebble Steel to Firmware 3.8 using the instructions on our Help page »

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Voice2Timeline app

New API and Updates Expand Nuance Voice Recognition to More Pebble Users (Release Notes)

You speak and we listen 🙂

Today, we’re giving Pebble developers the keys to unlocking awesome voice-powered apps for all Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round users. Powered by Nuance, our new Dictation API makes Pebble apps that use voice recognition from the wrist possible. From keeping in touch hands-free to controlling smart homes and connected cars, the possibilities are endless. We’re excited to see what developers build with this sweet new tool.

The voice features from apps using our API can be enjoyed by all users—iPhone or Android—with a compatible Pebble smartwatch. Since Pebble Time users on Android already enjoy sending quick voice replies, we’re glad that those on iOS will soon enjoy voice-recognition apps as well.

 

Get started with the Pebble SDK and Dictation API »

Read more on the Nuance blog »
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#WhatsAppening: 7–13 Aug

What’s Appening, Pebblers?

On our end, quite a bit! Before bidding sayonara for the weekend, take some cool new apps for a spin—your smartwatch will thank you:

Stopwatch by Pebble | Download »

Stopwatch by Pebble

Welcome to the first official Pebble stopwatch, with support for recording up to 20 laps. Press Select to start/pause timing, Up to save a lap time, and Down to reset and clear recorded times.


Timer by Pebble | Download »

Create countdowns on the fly! Our new Timer app can handle up to eight saved timers and will run in the background, if you like. Watch your timers count down in either a list or watchface view, where fizzy water drains down to empty when you hit zero.


Max My Fitness Dog | Download »

Max My Fitness Dog for Pebble

Have you ever had a cuter personal trainer? Max is a Pebble Pup with pep: an all-in-one virtual pet, activity tracker, and coach. Max will count your steps and activity, encouraging you to move and shake throughout the day for goodies you can share to keep Max happy. Props to Handy Games for a great new way to keep fit with Pebble!


Give this week’s selections a try and tell us what you think. Got any other appstore faves you’d like to tell us about? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit.

Until next time!

Eventbrite for Pebble

Eventbrite + Pebble = Your Ticket to Fun

There’s nothing like being live and in person, and Team Pebble loves hosting great events. Whether it’s throwing a pajama party for Pebblers in Austin or meeting talented students in Waterloo, Eventbrite has helped Team Pebble bring our community together in fun, original ways—time and time again.

Today, enjoying live Eventbrite experiences gets even more awesome with a new app for Pebble’s timeline interface. Eventbrite for Pebble is live now on the appstore, ready to get you to your next fun gathering.

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New Firmware and Android Updates for Pebble Time

Bigger, Brighter, Awesome-er: New Firmware and Android Updates for Pebble Time

We’re all about making the Pebble experience better over time, thanks to regular updates and feedback from the community.

New Dismiss All feature

Today, we’re happy to share updates to Pebble Time’s operating system and Android apps that bring top-requested settings and features to your wrist (full release notes below).

To update Pebble Time’s operating system/firmware, select Menu » Support » Update Your Pebble within the Pebble Time app for iOS or Android.

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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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