Pebble smartwatch raises over $10,000,000 with 85,000 sold

Daniel Bader

May 14, 2012 11:37am

The guys behind the Pebble E-Paper smartwatch must be laughing themselves to sleep on a potential pile of money. In reality, they’re likely working 20 hour days preparing for a launch that will be incredibly difficult to maneuver. After building, and failing to find success with, the inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry and Android, Pebble looks to be doing things right. It’s slim, light, versatile and reasonably inexpensive, and most importantly, has the battery life more akin to a watch than a smartphone.

After earning $1m in 24 hours, the tally now sits at above $10 million, with 85,000 Pebbles sold. The team had to cut off the first batch so as not to miss the September commitment date, a smart move that ensures quality over quantity.

The team has also sewed up deals with a bunch of cool app and hardware developers such as RunKeeper and Twine (another Kickstarter-backed project), and plans are in the works for dozens of other happy integrations.

If you planned to order a Pebble and didn’t get around to it, don’t worry. They have plans to expand order capacity in the coming months as they nail down component manufacturers in China and other nitty gritty. Are you excited about the Pebble? Do you even wear a watch anymore?

Source: Kickstarter

  • Flinstones’Pebbles

    Bought one myself! Looking forward to getting it soon!

  • anonymous

    Nice idea, not for me though.

  • Pascal Cadorette

    Dammit! No more watches available… Hopefully there will be more after the sale ends!

    • coco

      it’s a sigh that tell u don’t waste money on this crap

  • Ryan

    It’s ‘neat’ but not really needed? its easy to pull your phone out of your pocket, dont really need this device that much… kinda like back when the calculator watches came out, cool but not really going to be utilized as much as you think i think.

    • Lordsxo

      Well, there are some situations where just pulling out your phone could be considered rude, while checking your watch isn’t… unless your on a date. 😛

  • hoo dat

    I collect watches, have done for years. My particular favourites are Movado and Tissot, not overly expensive watches but gorgeously designed and with amazing movements.

    Not much I can say about the Pebble. The design’s interesting in a minimalist sort of way but the whole effect is ruined by the cheap and plasticky look. Why would I wear something that looks like it came out of a Christmas cracker?

  • haxor99

    Not for me either.

  • astudent

    Okay even if you don’t use it with your phone…how many watches out there can you design/load your own custom dial designs? I think by only thinking that this is only for the phone is a narrow minded view. There are other applications available for this sort of tech!

    • coco

      this is not a watch! It’s a watch when is power by mechanical movement, other is just a piece of something that tell time.

  • Will

    A watch proves a man’s success and is a status symbol, as cool as this is, a nice watch symbolizes success for many.

  • Anthony E.

    Love the screen and the concept, but I hate the way the watch body looks. Would have been nice if they had a simple metallic.