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Pebble E-Paper Watch Raises Over $700,000 on Kickstarter in 2 Days

Authored by: Steven Blum — Apr 12, 2012

Step aside, Sony SmartWatch, there's a new Android-compatible watch in town and it's creating quite the buzz!

In just 2 hours, the Pebble E-Paper Watch was able to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter yesterday. Today that amount has ballooned to over $700,000, way more than the $100,000 the team had set as their ultimate goal. Right now, the project is generating about $1,000 in donations every five minutes or so! Likely, the project has been helped along by a lot of media coverage. Still, this is one of the most successful Kickstarter launches I've ever seen.

Unlike the other Android smart watches on the market today, the Pebble E-Paper Watch uses e-Ink which promises better visibility outdoors. The watch also packs 7 days of battery life per charge, which is way more impressive than Sony smartwatch's maximum of 48 hours and the i'm Watch's 24 hours. At $150, the watch is also around the same price as the Sony SmartWatch, and is on the lower-end of the price range for these kinds of smart watches.

I would say the other main difference between the MotoACTV and Sony SmartWatch and this watch is the ability to read e-mails. Besides the Pebble, only the i'mWatch allows you to do so, and that watch costs over $100 more than this device. Since they're keeping the Pebble open-source, who knows what other applications for it may be developed.

That said, the watch only displays in black and white (like all e-Ink displays) which could be a bummer for some folks.

Watch a short video about the watch and check out their Kickstarter page below. Would you buy one of these watches? Why do YOU think the project has been so insanely successful?

Source: Kickstarter

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Steven Blum Apr 12, 2012 Link to comment

    Can you tell me what kind of notifications are being sent to your phone? AndroidPIT does not spam...

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  • Martin Krischik Apr 12, 2012 Link to comment

    I think it is eInk: Better readability, better battery live more then compensate for the missing colour.

    @Eli kramers, @kimberly royston and other luser: how about having a look into the application preference before whining? And if that does not help file a bug report.

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  • Eli kramers Apr 12, 2012 Link to comment

    stop sending this blog to me

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  • kimberly royston Apr 12, 2012 Link to comment

    quit sending me these junk notifications on my phone!!!!!

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