Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

USD $150.00 @ Pebble

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Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.

When Eric Migicovsky took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning, he looked nervous in comparison with the slick executives who had preceded him from giants such as Samsung and Intel.

“It’s the first time that I’ve ever attended a press conference,” he confessed, as he launched the Pebble smart watch, a device that can display notifications from, and be used to control, a smartphone. The device has an e-paper screen and displays notifications such as text messages and incoming calls, and can also control some phone functions, such as music playback.

Migicovsky’s company is more than just another small player at the gadget fest. It could be a bellwether for crowdfunding, where entrepreneurs fund their companies via many small donations from individuals instead of turning to professional investors. Although many Kickstarter projects have attracted substantial funding, few have resulted in real commercial products.

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