For all of the interest in Android Wear smartwatches or even the Apple Watch, one of the first companies to successfully enter the smartwatch market was Pebble back in 2012. Today Pebble announced a new Kickstarter campaign for three new devices that represent the next generation of Pebble devices.
The Pebble 2, priced at only $99 on Kickstarter, is a basic smartwatch that combines activity tracking features. This includes a constant heart rate monitor, automatic activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters depth, and a battery life rated at 7 days of use.
The Time 2 from Pebble is an upgraded version of their smartwatch. The Time 2 comes with a larger, color display and up to 10 days battery life to go with the other features present in the Pebble 2. Like the Pebble 2, the Time 2 is capable of working with an Android or iOS device so users can get a variety of notifications on their wrist and perform actions like sending messages from the smartwatch. The Time 2 is priced at $169 on Kickstarter.
In addition to the new smartwatch devices announced today, Pebble is also introducing a new device called the Pebble Core. The Pebble Core is a small, square device that can clip onto a user’s clothes. The Core is designed primarily for runners or others engaged in exercise activities. It comes with the ability to stream Spotify and is equipped with GPS for tracking and eventual upload to apps like Runkeeper, Strava or Under Armour Record. The Core also includes support for 3G cellular connections, has a SIM card slot, and users can send emergency SMS meaning they could leave their phone behind when hitting the trail or track.
Along with the Pebble Core for runners, Pebble is also making a special version called Core for Hackers available. This hacker oriented version of the Core gets an extra port for hardware expansion, two programmable buttons, and developers will get access to the Core SDK. Pebble imagines developers will do things like create the ability to summon Uber with a click, access car ODB II data, or perhaps even pilot a drone. Both Core devices are priced at $69 on Kickstarter.
The Pebble Core is expected to ship in January of 2017 and will retail for $99 when it hits the market. The Pebble 2 is scheduled for delivery in September 2016 and will retail for $129. Finally, the Pebble Time 2 will retail for $199 and delivery is expected in November 2016. If you want to get in on the early bird specials available through the Kickstarter project, be sure to hit the appropriate source link below.