Epic Tech Spotlight Friday (on Tuesday!) #3 – Pebble E-Paper Watch (Kickstarter)

Returning to the widely popular crowd funding website Kickstarter, this article is about the product with the greatest success story the website has ever seen: the Pebble E-Paper Watch. Raising $2M in it’s first 28 hours, and a total of over $10M (the most money ever raised on Kickstarter) with some people buying 100 watches, they truly smashed their $100,000 target.

So what is the Pebble E-Paper Watch?

The Pebble is a ‘smart watch’ which can run applications to track running distances, give reminders and whatever else the limited number of software developers think up. The clever part is when it uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone, showing incoming calls and phone notifications on the watch face. It is said to have a battery life of over 7 hours, a backlit screen for night use, water resistant (to what depth has not been said) and can be charged using a USB cable provided.

From the result of the Kickstarter campaign, the future of this watch seems promising but it is not without it’s faults. A watch that you have to charge everyday and that can run out of battery seems less viable to be on my wrist than a normal watch, despite all it’s apps and new features. Whether they manage to pull this off is yet to be seen but looking at the amount of people that paid to back this project, it may just be the next big thing. After all, smartphones have short battery lives compared to other phones and people still use them over more ‘traditional’ phones with longer battery lives. Whatever the faults, the general public definately seem to be behind this project and I hope that the result will be AWESOME.

And for the new Hype-meter:

3 out of 5 hype stars!

LW

 

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Posted on October 23, 2012, in Epic Tech Spotlight Fridays and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hype – meter image did not appear, I will update this later!

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