Pebble Smartwatch to Start Shipping From January 23rd

pebble-watchKickstarter sensation Pebble raised over $10 million in pledges for its smart watch that paired with iOS and Android devices over Bluetooth, receiving 85,000 pre-orders from backers. The huge number, though, introduced a lot of delays into the manufacturing of the watch, with the initial September release date pushed back indefinitely.

Today, at CES 2013, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced that the company would start shipping the watch to Kickstarter backers starting Jan 23rd, in lots of 15,000 units each week.

Pebble’s e-paper display, along with its ability to connect to Android and iOS devices made it really popular. Over Bluetooth, the watch can pull call, text and mail notifications, control your music player and in the future the company even plans to release an SDK for developers to make their apps talk to the watch. The company promises a battery life of 7 days, as well as resistance to adverse conditions including rain and snow.

If you weren’t one of the backers, you can still pre-order Pebble for $150 from the company’s site. With updates to the watch’s software and the upcoming SDK, the watch will get even better over time.

Amid rumors of Apple working on a smartwatch, it’ll be interesting to see how well Pebble is received by developers and buyers.

Via: The Verge

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