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Pebble (watch)

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Pebble is a discontinued smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology Corporation. Funding was conducted through a Kickstarter campaign running from April 11, 2012, to May 18, 2012, which raised $10.3 million; it was the most funded project in Kickstarter history, at the time. Pebble began shipping watches to Kickstarter backers in January 2013.[17] Pebble watches can be connected to Android and iOS devices to show notifications and messages. An online app store distributed Pebble-compatible apps from many developers including ESPN, Uber, Runkeeper, and GoPro.

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Pebble Smartwatch
Also known asPebble
DeveloperPebble Technology, Corp., Pebble Devices, Corp in California.[1]
ManufacturerFoxlink Group in Taiwan[2]
Product familyPebble
Release dateJanuary 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
Introductory price
  • Pebble: $99[3]
  • Pebble Steel: $149
DiscontinuedDecember 7, 2016
Units sold2,000,000+ as of December 2017[4]
Operating systemPebble OS; uses a customized FreeRTOS kernel.[5][6] Can communicate with Android and iOS apps using Bluetooth. Portions of Pebble OS are closed source.[7]
CPUSTM32F205RE Cortex M3 CPU
MemoryRAM 128 KB (84 KB OS, 24 KB app, 12 KB background worker, 8 KB app services)[8]
StoragePebble Time series: 50 slots for faces/apps stored on watch, infinite can be loaded from the connected phone.
Pebble Classic series: 8 slots for apps/watch faces, 100 KB per slot for a total of 800 KB user accessible space.
The Kickstarter version has 4 MiB (32 Mibit) flash.[9][10] Originals built after October 2013 and all Steel watches have 8 MiB (64 Mibit) flash.[11][12][13]
All models also have 512 KiB SoC flash memory
Display32-millimetre (1.26 in) 144×168 pixel Sharp Memory transflective LCD[14][15]
GraphicsPebble Classic/Steel: 1-bit black-and-white transflective LCD; Pebble Time: 64 (6-bit) color e-paper.
Input4 buttons
3-axis accelerometer with gesture detection
magnetometer and ambient light sensor,[5] microphone on Pebble Time models
ConnectivityBluetooth 2.1 and 4.0 LE (used for iOS 7 notifications) + EDR
Power130 mAh, 7 days (assuming c. 20–30 notifications a day, and a per-minute updating watchface)
Current firmwareVersion 4.3
DimensionsPebble: 52 mm × 36 mm × 11.5 mm (2.05 in × 1.42 in × 0.45 in),[16]
Pebble Steel: 46 mm × 34 mm × 10.5 mm (1.81 in × 1.34 in × 0.41 in)
MassPebble: 38 g (1.34 oz),
Pebble Steel: 56 g (1.97 oz) (with default watchband attached)
SuccessorPebble Time (both normal and Steel variants)

A steel-bodied variant to the original Pebble, the Pebble Steel, was announced at CES 2014 and released in February 2014. It had a thinner body, tactile metal buttons, and a Corning Gorilla Glass screen. It was available in two finishes: black matte and brushed stainless steel, with both a black leather and a matching steel band.

In 2015, Pebble launched its second generation of smartwatches: the Pebble Time and Time Steel. The devices were similarly funded through Kickstarter, raising $20.3 million from over 75,000 backers and breaking records for the site. In 2016, Pebble shut down their subsequent Time 2 series watches and refunded Kickstarter backers, citing financial issues.[4]

On December 7, 2016, Pebble officially announced that the company would be shut down, and would no longer manufacture or continue support for any devices, nor honor any existing warranties.[4] Pebble's intellectual property was purchased by Fitbit, a wearable technology company specializing in fitness tracking, who also hired some of the Pebble staff. Further clarification on the transition timeline and efforts to render Pebble OS and its watchfaces/apps more self-sufficient was posted to the Pebble Dev Blog on December 14, 2016.[18] Support for the Pebble app store, online forum, cloud development tool, voice recognition, and voice replies ceased in June 2018,[19] although support for some online services was restored by the unofficial "Rebble" community.