Pebble is making rapid improvements in the smartwatch category. The company had introduced its second generation color smartwatch, the Pebble Time, just a few days back. There is a Kickstarter campaign still running for raising funds for the smartwatch. The funding will end on 28th March, 2015, but it has already moved way past its funding goal. Though the campaign is still on, the company has introduced a new version of this smartwatch which consumers can pre-order if they want. The latest version, the Pebble Time Steel, was announced by the company at the Mobile World Congress.
Pebble Time Steel- What will you Get from It?
The Pebble Time Steel is an all-metal iteration of the Pebble Time. The look of the latest version of this smartwatch, right from the buttons to the bezel is made of stainless steel. It is available in three colors- gold, black and silver. The dimension is same as that of Time but it is 1mm more in thickness.
The battery life of Time Steel is more than the Time and instead of the seven days, it will last till 10 days. What’s even better is that you will get two straps, a leather strap and a stainless steel band, which you can use as per your choice. The smart accessory port in Time has been made even more advanced. Now, a new open hardware accessory platform has been developed which can be used to create “smartstraps” for the watch. The port can be used by the straps to extend the functionality of the watch even further. The straps can be swapped out and there will be an extra flap on the smartstrap which can be attached to the smart accessory port. This is possible just by using the quick release trigger on the Time as well as the Time Steel.
— The Verge (@verge) March 4, 2015
What New Functions will the Straps Bring?
Regarding the new functions that the straps will bring, Eric Migicovsky, the CEO of Pebble, said that we might get a GPS strap or a battery strap which might lengthen the battery life of the watch by 3 or 4 weeks. It could also be a strap with a heart rate monitor. Pebble is working to team up with some companies that could help in developing these smartstraps. The sensors would be better if kept modular, rather than being integrated in the smartwatches.
Migicovsky said “It’s one of the reasons why we wanted to launch the Time on Kickstarter. Our plans involve more than just people buying the watch. We want to involve the community, to come up with the different straps.”
— Pebble (@Pebble) March 3, 2015
Those who have backed the Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Time, but now want to get Pebble Time Steel, need not worry. They can upgrade to the latest version by just increasing the amount they have pledged. They can get the Time Steel at a special Kickstarter price of $250, whose final retail cost will increase to $299. The shipping of Pebble Time Steel will be in July instead of May, when the Pebble Time is scheduled to ship.
Have you pledged your funds for the Pebble Time on Kickstarter? Do you want to go for the Pebble Time Steel instead? We would love to hear your thoughts.
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