In April 2012, I contributed to a kickstarter project for the Pebble watch. It was a new product that would allow the wearer to link the watch to their iOS or android phone and receive a variety of notifications. Because the watch face itself is software based, the user could select from different watch faces rather than having just one standard display.
Fast forward to February 2013: My Pebble watch arrived yesterday!
Having had a day to play with my new Pebble, here are some initial impressions:
- It’s lighter and thinner than expected
- The epaper display is bright and easy to read in ambient light
- I’ve only needed to use the backlight at night — it’s not super bright but does illuminate the display well enough
- It’s large but not as large as I’d feared
- It’s very easy to pair with the Pebble android app
- The watch band is soft & flexible
Before my Pebble arrived, I’d already installed the Pebble android app. Because the official Pebble app currently has a limited set of notification in settings (incoming calls, SMS, calendar reminders, email, Google Talk, Google Voice, Facebook, WhatsApp) I looked online and found there are more android apps to extend Pebble integration:
- Pebble notifier: I’m using this app to selectively push Twitter @message notifications to my Pebble
- Augmented Smartwatch Pro