Pebble E-paper watch becomes most-funded Kickstarter project ever

Daniel Bader

April 17, 2012 11:04am

I couldn’t resist purchasing that beautiful-looking Pebble E-paper watch. It will connect to both iPhone and Android, come in a variety of colours, and have truly helpful notifications, all while lasting seven days on a single charge. That is the potential of an unseen product; we buy into the hype and hope it turns out.

Well, it turns out I was not alone. Nearly 25,000 people have pledged to purchase one or more Pebbles, raising over $3.5 million for the Waterloo team. In the days since it was announced, Pebble has been made more water resistant (“You can go swimming, run in the rain with Pebble,”) and vastly more popular. When it is finally released in September, the company is looking down the road of an entire product line, and not just a single product funded through Kickstarter.

The company sent out an email to all Pebble backers this morning:


We are the most funded Kickstarter project ever thanks to you! The Pebble team and I really appreciate your commitment and backing. It’s been an incredible couple of days and we’re amazed at how many people share our vision. We’re working extremely hard to produce the best Pebble we can. 


On a side note:

1. We are trying our very best to answer your private messages. We appreciate your patience.

2. Please continue to post in the comments section! We are keenly reading all your ideas and suggestions.


Rahul + rest of the Pebble Team

The product is turning out to be amazing, and you can’t blame that many people for being excited about it. If it manages to fulfil all of its promises, Pebble could single-handedly reignite watch use for this generation.

Source: Kickstarter

  • OneYrLater

    Raspberry pi and the Pebble seem to be next big thing after RIM for Ontario.
    Great to see that Canadian innovation doesn’t end with RIM and the CanadArm.

    • WindowsRTDed

      So, did he pick up the milk or not??
      Does the Pebble come with a gallon of milk? Is it skim?
      Does it come with a girlfriend?
      Is Sara’s lastname Milk?

  • {JPM}

    Uhhh… Charging your watch every 7 days? We sure have become complacent with terrible battery life in our portable devices

    • Don

      I have to agree with you. Even those complex Timex watch batteries last more than 7 days. Maybe E-paper is more a memory hog than we though.

    • andy c

      any device with a active wirless radio (bluetooth, wifi, 3g) will suck battery life

    • Pukka

      Yea I agree aswell but you have to understand that inside is more then a watch. It has to power Bluetooth aswell which is a fairly big battery drainer.

  • Rick

    Horray for yet another Canadian success!
    Can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty

  • Lemmy

    I’m still waiting for a watch/phone but this comes pretty close though.

  • Jason

    Let’s hope this lives up to the hype. They’re on a roll as of present!

  • Pegger

    What is the final pricetag on this thing?

  • Platinum

    based on the #’s looks like $140

    • Pegger

      Their kickstarter page says “watch will retail for more than $150” but doesn’t say how much more than $150.
      A pledge of $115 puts you down for a jet black one but is that all I pay or is that just a pledge and I pay the difference later?

  • Atrix Luvr

    How do you enter text?

  • Leifer

    E-ink’s main drawback is the slow refresh / nasty flashing associated with turning pages on a e-reader. The video on kickstarter seems to show smooth transitions, however i’m still skeptical that they are creative in the video editing to avoid showing full refreshes. Looks like a pretty cool product regardless.

  • Sarah M.

    “Nag, nag, nag … and remember to pick up some milk!”

  • Emperuman V

    How does one buy?

  • justme

    Samsung will have a copycat on the market in a week. The androfantards will praise it as the most innovative thing they’ve ever seen and say the Pebble is over priced, though it has better features and is the same price. The one thing the Samsung will have that will make it stand out is a 17″ display. Androfantards will say “bigger must be better so this must be the greatest”. Then none of them will buy one because their allowance ran out.

  • Todd

    @justme I think it’s justyou.

  • bummy

    I’m a bit confused…
    For that same price I can pick up the Sony SmartWatch.

    Coloured screen, with 100’s of existing apps, and brand support.

    7 day battery sounds amazing, but I’m not sure I’ll throw $115 at a product that have no reviews, and I might not even get for another year? (kickstarter project takes time to produce)