Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign, which has been a massive success since its launch, has just hit another major milestone by crossing the $20 million mark with few more hours still to go before the project funding officially closes. The campaign became the most funded campaign in Kickstarter history a week after its launch, and followed that milestone up with the announcement of a luxury steel version.
The new Pebble Time smartwatch adds to the original Pebble with a color display, a ‘smartstrap’ that can connect to third-party devices, and an updated design. It also has a microphone and is about 20% slimmer than the original Pebble. Furthermore, it will also run on an updated Pebble operating system called Timeline.
In today’s project development update, the Pebble team has shared some new pics of the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel watches, while also revealing special Kickstarter Edition etchings for first time backers and its water resistance features.
Pebble Time was tested according to the ISO 22810 standard. Most other smartwatches are only rated under the less rigorous IEC 60529 IPXX scale, and normal watches are tested to a specific ‘static pressure’, but we felt you deserved better.
In order to test the watch under ‘dynamic’ conditions, more representative of swimming, our engineers created a test using a swimming simulator with a machine that looks kind of like a paddle wheel. We strap Pebble Time watches to each spoke and repeatedly splash them into water to simulate swimming. With these tests completed, we’re pleased to confirm that Pebble Time functions great as sport and swim watch.
It’s important to note that Pebble Time is not a dive watch, though.
You can check out the full set of photos for all Pebble Time models here.
Update: The Pebble Time project has closed and has “Successfully raised $20,338,986 USD with 78,471 backers.” We backed the project again this time around and are looking forward to receiving the smartwatch.