A wristwatch capable of connecting to iOS or Android smartphones via bluetooth has become a hit on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.
The website, which recently facilitated the launch of a groundbreaking 3D printer, allows innovators of all kind to fund their projects by appealing for investment from ‘Netizens‘ rather than by conventional means. These online investors are then able to select various rewards based on their level of investment.
In the case of the Pebble, the inventor appealed on Kickstarter to raise the $10,000 (£6,213) for product development. But in just 6 days, Kickstarter ‘backers’ had stumped up $3.4 million (£2.11 million) worth of investment – a website record.
At the time of writing the Pebble had 45,558 backers who had pledged a total of $6.7 million (£4.1 million) with 22 days to go.
So what is so good about the Pebble?
Essentially, the device acts as a second screen for your iOS or Android smartphone. Whilst it only has a black and white screen, no speaker, microphone or keypad; the device will allow you to access your phone’s notifications, control your music player, read messages and view your exercise analytics. In addition to this there are several other apps which have been developed for Pebble which you will be able to use without having to rummage through your pockets or bag for your phone.
The screen uses a backlit E-paper screen which is permanently on, and is said to last over a week on a single charge – far better than Sonys’ SmartWatch, which was released earlier this month. The Pebble is also waterproof and users will be able to code their own watch faces and even develop their own applications.
Find out more about pebble – at Kickstater
UPDATE: 07/05/12 – With 11 days left the project has now raised $8,857,980 (£5.48 million)