New ‘Pebble Time’ Colour E-Paper Watch Hits $3.5M and Counting on Kickstarter

Last week Pebble teased on their website a big announcement was coming Tuesday and they didn’t disappoint. Today they launched their second generation smart watch known as Pebble Time, which features a new colour e-paper display.

Pebble’s Canadian founder Eric Migicovsky and his team launched the watch on Kickstarter again, and as of writing it has already surpassed $3.3 million and counting in under two hours.

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Pebble Time comes with a new timeline interface along with a new always-on colour e-paper display (sourced from an unnamed supplier in Tokyo) and a microphone to respond to notifications.

Regarding the new display, Migicovsky told Medium it won’t break records for pixel counts, “but it does what it has to do to be on a smart watch. It’s color, it’s always on and it uses, for all intents and purposes, the exact same power as our black-and-white display.”

Battery life is pegged at 7 days and the starting price for the watch will be $199, but it is available for cheaper on Kickstarter. Pebble Time will start shipping in May, available in three colours.

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Pebble says the microphone and voice replies for iOS users at launch will only work for Gmail notifications, with more app support to come.

This has already raised a tonne of money in just a couple hours as it’s targeting a sub-$199 smart watch market. Not everybody has an iPhone or wants to drop $349 USD on the Apple Watch. It’ll be interesting to see how much money they’ll raise again. I suspect more records will be broken.

Click here to check out the new Pebble Time on Kickstarter (it has already hit $3.5 million). Are you going to buy the Pebble Time?

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  • Jay

    I believe there are 2 winning arguments for this over apple watch:
    1. water resistant, the whole point of having this is sometimes you cant check your phone and places like in the shower or in a pool is a big part of that.
    2. Week long battery, I have a hard enough time remembering to charge my phone (iphone 6+ helps with that though ) I dont want to have to charge my watch daily as well.

  • sukisszoze

    It looks interesting and the e-paper display will help.

  • Jacobyte

    So that would be $179 plus $10 for S&H USD through KickStarter…converted to $236CAD today. Will the retail unit be selling for $199CAD?

  • Andy

    seeing as how the current Pebble retails for about $120 at Bestbuy, I’d assume this watch will be $230, the same pricing model as the current Pebble Steel.

  • Guest

    I was a little disappointed I couldn’t get in on the early bird price for $159, but if it retails for around $230 then I’d much rather buy locally.

  • Jacobyte

    Yah…ditto…although kickstarter engraving would be kinda cool (?)

  • Jacobyte

    Would it help make your decision if you knew Microsoft was working on a Pebble notification app – http://wmpoweruser.com/microsoft-testing-pebble-notifications-app-internally-for-windows-phone-platform/

  • Tim

    Battery life alone, makes it a better prospect than the Apple Watch