My Pebble watch Kickstarter came

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Bill Loguidice
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The blacks have been shipping on a regular basis. The reds are next. Christina got the grey, so she still has a while to wait.

So far, the Pebble watch is pretty good. It's a good size, though the band is not the most comfortable (at least it's standard and replaceable). It doesn't do much yet, but supplementing the Pebble app with the third party Pebble Notifier app on my Galaxy Note II phone certainly gives me more flexibility with the notifications that are automatically sent. There's definitely future promise here.





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Maybe, but...
Matt Barton wrote:

I'm kinda excited about it after my chat with Garriott. He talked about how there's always a chance when something new comes out for the new guys to get in and get big. If you wait too long, of course, the big companies will move in (or other small guys will already be big, like Zynga on FB). It seems me that the "Pebble platform" is perfect for a small team or even a solo developer right now.

I honestly don't see it in this case. Something more versatile like a Google Glass app, something for Oculus Rift, or even a Windows 8 modern interface app probably are better use of resources. Again, I'm not aware of a way to monetize anything on the Pebble yet.

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I'm kinda excited about it

I'm kinda excited about it after my chat with Garriott. He talked about how there's always a chance when something new comes out for the new guys to get in and get big. If you wait too long, of course, the big companies will move in (or other small guys will already be big, like Zynga on FB). It seems me that the "Pebble platform" is perfect for a small team or even a solo developer right now.

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Cashing in
Matt Barton wrote:

I've been looking at this thing and think I might make the plunge for the watch and the sdk. I know there's a killer app in here somewhere, and now is definitely the time to cash-in.

I'm not sure if there's a way to cash in yet, as I don't think there's any facility for charging for apps at this time. That may change, of course, but you also have to see what the limitations are on the apps. So far it's very simple games and watch faces...

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I've been looking at this

I've been looking at this thing and think I might make the plunge for the watch and the sdk. I know there's a killer app in here somewhere, and now is definitely the time to cash-in.

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One of many additional Pebble

One of many additional Pebble watch faces:

Silly, but an example of a Pebble watch game, Snake:

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Speak of the devil... It just

Speak of the devil... It just downloaded a firmware update which further cleaned up the interface and they just updated the selection of Watch-Apps. Definitely a good sign...

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I'm not really a gadget head

I'm not really a gadget head - I still use my original international Kindle and the 160GB iPod. I like simple devices - and I really like the simple look and nice features of this. I'm a Blackberry user (have never paid for a phone - its provided by work) so I'm unlikely to get one while I'm a bLackberry user (which may not be all that long if the Z10/Q10 don't take off!)

My Blackberry Bluetooth's with my car and it's really neat the way the steering wheel buttons and car sound system are integrated with it - again - nice and simple - effective without feature bloat.

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It's straightforward
Matt Barton wrote:

Hi, Bill. I do hope you will keep us updated on this. I've been sporting a Casio calculator watch for a couple years now and have been yearning for some added functionality. Way I see it is, if you're going to wear/carry a device, that device should be as useful as possible.

There's nothing really to update. It receives notifications from my phone and I can use it to control one music app of my choice (in my case, the Doggcatcher podcasting app). The first party Pebble app is limited, but the third party Pebble Notifier app basically lets me tell any app to send updates to the watch (this is all on Android - I won't know how well it works with the iPhone until Christina gets her watch). Battery life is good, screen is good, etc. I have no major complaints other than wanting the default watch face to show the date too (only one of the selectable watch faces - the analog one - shows the date). More apps for the watch are supposedly in the pipeline (simple games, other activities and utilities, more watchfaces, etc.), but right now it's just for getting notifications without having to look at your phone (text messages, status updates, email, etc.). For that simple task it does just fine.

I think besides the three or so that are out now, counting the Pebble, more smartwatches are coming (Apple, Samsung, etc.). Some do more than others, but it's clear that for at least the next few years, this will be a rapidly evolving market. I already wear two smart devices on my person (Pebble and Jawbone UP), and suspect I won't be stopping there in the near future (Google Glass, for instance).

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Hi, Bill. I do hope you will

Hi, Bill. I do hope you will keep us updated on this. I've been sporting a Casio calculator watch for a couple years now and have been yearning for some added functionality. Way I see it is, if you're going to wear/carry a device, that device should be as useful as possible.

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Huh?
ruthan wrote:

And your experience with this gimmick?

What didn't make sense about what I wrote?

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