Pebble Time Smartwatch Begins Shipping in May

Pebble Technology has announced its latest smartwatch, the Pebble Time. Besides featuring a new color e-paper display, the upgraded device will include a microphone for responding to notifications. Pebble Time will be fully compatible with over 6,500 existing Pebble apps and watchfaces.

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The Pebble connects via Bluetooth to the iPhone 4s or later, and is also compatible with Android smartphones. The project was launched on Kickstarter today, and has amassed over $7 million in just 12 hours. Much like earlier incarnations of Pebble, the Pebble Time will be water resistant and feature long battery life.

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With the color e-paper display always on, Pebble Time is expected to need charging only once per week. The watch is 9.5mm thick, a full 20 percent thinner than previous models. Any standard 22mm watch band can be quickly attached to the Pebble Time with a quick-release pin. A scratch-resistant Gorilla glass face is surrounded by a stainless steel bezel, with three color combinations:

- Black watch case and band with black bezel
- White watch case and band with silver bezel
- Red watch case and band with black bezel
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A new timeline interface pulls information from multiple apps, consolidating the data into past, present and future to increase efficiency. A new app menu is also coming, with app faces to deliver content at a glance. Last but not least, the Pebble Time has a smart accessory port, which will accomodate external sensors and smart straps.

As of this writing, there are still over 8,600 watches available for a Kickstarter pledge of $179. Other reward tiers are also available, and regular retail price will be $199.