Pebble Technology Corporation developed a line of smartwatches including the first commercially successful smartwatch, the Pebble Smartwatch. The smartwatch was pledged from a Kickstarter campaign, proving massively successful, later on, the company started another two Kickstarter campaigns for their Time and Time 2 watches, collecting $20 million and $13 million respectively. Pebble watches connect to both Android and iOS phones, so they can display notifications from the phone, an online app store distributes Pebble-compatible apps from many third party developers, including ESPN, Uber, Runkeeper, and GoPro. Best Buy, an American consumer electronics corporation, began selling Pebble smartwatches in July 2013, on December 31,2014, Pebble sold its one millionth smartwatch. In 2015, Pebble launched the Pebble Time and Time Steel with Kickstarter, raising $20.3 million from over 75,000 backers, in 2016, Pebble shut down their Time 2 series watches and refunded Kickstarter backers, citing financial issues. On December 7,2016, Pebble officially announced that the company would be shut down and would no longer manufacture or continue support for any devices, nor honor any existing warranties. Pebbles intellectual property was purchased by Fitbit, a technology company specializing in fitness tracking. Further clarification on the timeline and efforts to render Pebble OS. The original Pebble Smartwatch was designed based on a concept by Eric Migicovsky describing a watch that could display messages from a smartphone, Migicovsky was able to raise US$375,000 from angel investors such as Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, but was unable to raise additional funds. Discussing his inability to further funds, Migicovsky told the Los Angeles Times. Hardware is much harder to raise money for and we were hoping we could convince some people to our vision, but it didnt work out. Migicovskys company Pebble Technology launched a Kickstarter campaign on April 11,2012, backers spending $115 would receive a Pebble when they became available, effectively pre-ordering the $150 Pebble at a discounted price.7 million with 30 days left in the campaign. On May 10,2012, Pebble Technology announced they were limiting the number of pre-orders, on May 18,2012, funding closed with $10,266,845 pledged by 68,929 people. Shipping was originally expected to begin September 2012, but Pebble Technology encountered manufacturing difficulties and began shipping units on January 23,2013. Pebble shipped 300,000 units by December 2013 during its first year of production, over 400,000 by March 2014,450,000 as of July 2014, and 1 million by December 31,2014. It can communicate with an Android or iOS device using both Bluetooth 2.1 and Bluetooth 4.0 using Stonestreet Ones Bluetopia+MFi software stack, Bluetooth 4.0 with low energy support was not initially enabled, but a firmware update in November 2013 enabled it. The watch is charged using a modified USB-cable that attaches magnetically to the watch to water resistance capability. The battery was reported in April 2012 to last seven days, based on feedback from Kickstarter backers, the developers added water-resistance to the list of features
Pebble can display notifications when, for example, one receives an email.
Pebble smartwatch size compared to UK's 50p coin and standard silicone wristband.