Apps for Heroes: CommandWear Pebble app keeps first responders heads-up and hands-free

First responders have one of the toughest, most critical jobs out there. Any chance Pebble gets to show love and support to these everyday heroes is a win in our book.

Paramedic + Pebble

Today we’re proud to share news that CommandWear—a platform for using technology to keep first responders heads-up and hands-free when out in the field—now integrates with Pebble and is live in our appstore for Android devices.

We love that CommandWear, like Pebble, is purpose-built to be truly useful for those who need it. During extensive testing with police, paramedics, and other first responders, CommandWear refined their app to make the best use of Pebble’s tactile, glanceable, durable, and fast design and interface.

“At festivals, concerts and other large public events, noise levels can be at a height where you can’t hear yourself think, let alone hear radio communications,” explained Rod Salem, Director of Emergency Management Operations at BC Ambulance. “We have tried a number of different products, such as headsets similar to what pilots wear. Although they solve the noise issue, they are cumbersome and not conducive to caring for patients in the field.”

First responders found Pebble’s wrist vibration gave them the ability to detect incoming messages that they would have missed on their radios or smart phones. It’s great to see emergency workers like Rod show love for this Pebble integration already, and look forward to more feedback as CommandWear becomes part of more safety agencies’ toolkits.

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Software Roundup: New iOS App + Android Beta App (Release Notes)

Ahoy, Pebblers! We’re two weeks into 2015 and have a couple updates for you while getting into the swing of a brand new year. 

Pebble Android App v2.3 BETA 2

Awww yisss…custom replies in Android 2.3 (BETA 2).

Our 2.6.2 update to the Pebble iOS app includes the latest JavaScript apps on the Pebble appstore, plus bug fixes. For the Androiders out there, we’ve released a new version of the 2.3 Beta app, which gives your Pebble the power to respond to Android Wear notifications with your own custom replies. Pretty sweet, right?

Full release notes below.

Pebble Android app 2.3 BETA 2

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Cheers to the Pebble #AppsOfTheYear

It’s the last day of the year and Team Pebble’s ready to ring in 2015 in style. It’s been great looking back on the amazing moments 2014 brought to the world of Pebble apps. We’re looking forward to an even bigger, sweeter, awesome-er 2015…with Pebblers sitting shotgun the whole way through 🙂

Happy New Year!

Our week-long countdown ends today as we celebrate and toast the Pebble Apps of the Year. Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, Pebblers! See you on the flip side.

Missed a previous day in the countdown? Recap here:

Pebble Apps of the Year

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Pebble #AppsOfTheYear Countdown: Day 6 (Health & Fitness)

We’re closing in on the finish line of our Apps of the Year countdown. Since many of us will be making fitness-related resolutions in a day or so, we’re featuring the best Health & Fitness apps.

Do more with Pebble apps

After breaking a sweat with today’s selections, come back tomorrow for the big show: The Pebble Apps of the Year.

Missed a previous day in the countdown? Recap here:

Health & Fitness Apps of the Year

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Lights, Smartwatch, Action: Android Wear notifications come to Pebble (Release Notes)

UPDATE: The Pebble Android app (v2.3) with Android Wear compatibility is now out if Beta. Download it today on the Google Play Store.

 

Android Wear + Pebble

‘Tis the season for anticipation. We count down the days to gifts and good wishes, and we just can’t wait. We’ve been in the workshop ourselves, crafting something Android Pebblers will love unwrapping. Version 2.3 of our Android app gives Pebble the power to reply and act on notifications right from your watch. It’s Android Wear notification compatibility on Pebble, and it’s awesome.

Android users on our own team are super thrilled with what version 2.3 lets them do from their Pebbles. We’ve built actions that even Android Wear devices themselves don’t perform.

Reply to a Hangouts message with emoji? Thumbs up.

NOTE: A new update to the Hangouts app for Android requires downloading the Android Wear application to get replies working (even for Pebble—mawp).

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Pebble Steel is CNET’s top wearable tech for the holidays!

CNET is out with their holiday picks for 2014, and Pebble Steel has topped a wide field of contenders to be their favorite wearable tech gift. Check out CNET’s video for the full rundown:

Pebble Steel: Top Wearable Tech Gift 2014

Also on CNET’s list is the original Pebble. With a new $99 price, it’s their choice for “the best smartwatch value around.”

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How Pebble Kickstarted the Smartwatch: a Q&A with Eric Migicovsky

Pebble lineup on tabletop

Interested in how Pebble’s story and approach to wearable technology evolved from its humble beginnings, entrepreneur and author Michael Price recently visited Pebble HQ for a Huffington Post Q&A with our CEO, Eric Migicovsky. The piece touches on how feedback from inPulse—Eric’s earlier watch project which integrated with Blackberry phones—influenced Pebble’s direction and how a clear, authentic message helped its Kickstarter project succeed as much as it did.

Eric Migicovsky and the team that built the Pebble blazed trails and launched an entirely new product category into the market long before Google, Apple or Samsung came along.Huffinton Post

Two years after successfully crowdfunding Pebble on Kickstarter, interest in smartwatches and wearable technology continues to grow. There’s now a variety of approaches to how a meaningful wearable experience should look, feel, and perform on a daily basis.

Pebblers unite!

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Integrating Pebble with Parkinson's Research

How The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Intel Use Smartwatches in the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease

The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Intel are collaborating on a multi-phase program to help researchers treat and care for Parkinson’s patients more effectively. By harnessing the power of data science, wearable technologies like smartwatches, and cloud computing, researchers can explore individual patients’ experience with the disease—looking for patterns and insights that were unavailable to them before—and hopefully lead to improved treatments.

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