The smartwatch field has become crowded with players since the first Pebble model launched via Kickstarter in 2013 and demand exceeded supplies.
Now, Pebble introduces updated versions of its Pebble and Pebble Time smartwatches that add, among other features, integrated health monitoring. Each features an e-paper display, heart rate monitor, microphone, and built-in activity and sleep tracking, and are water resistant down to 30 meters. They are also each compatible with Android and iOS smartphones. Pebble 2 has a high contrast black and white display, while Time 2 has a 53 percent larger color display than its predecessor. Pebble 2 can last seven days on a full charge, while Time 2 can last 10 days.
Pebble 2 ships in September and has future pricing of $129. Time 2 follows in November and has future pricing of $199. But Kickstarter backers can get Pebble 2 for a pledge starting at $99 and Time 2 for a $179 pledge. Also being offered to Kickstarter backers are gold and silver versions of Time 2 with round designs at pledges of $199 each. Pebble Technology is out to raise $1 million by June 30.
There are too many similar swartwatches available now. But the Pebble brand name still maintains some prestige in the product category despite the arrival of the Apple Watch. The combination of the Pebble updates’ multiple features and relatively low pricing may give it an edge over competing devices.