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E-Paper Wristwatch Collects More than $4.5M on Kickstarter

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Pebble Technology was able to collect more than $4.5 million in less than one week to fund the production of an e-paper based wristwatch.

Called Pebble, the wristwatch can run apps and wirelessly connects to an iPhone (iOS 5) or Android (2.3 and up) phone via Bluetooth. For example, apps allow a user to control music playback on a phone, use the phone as a workout tool and to receive text messages or caller information from a phone. Additional apps can be browsed via a phone screen and then directly installed on the watch. The battery of the watch lasts about seven days on a full charge, the developers said.

Pebble has turned into the most successful Kickstarter project so far, collecting more than $1 million in the first hours - on a $100,000 funding goal. To receive a Pebble watch, backers will have to donate at least $115. The company said that the watch will retail for more than $150 when it becomes commercially available in September of this year.

Before Pebble, three other projects have drawn a Kickstarter jackpot totaling more than $1 million this year. The first project to exceed a million dollars of funding was the iPhone Elevation Dock, which received $1.46 million from more than 12,500 backers in February of this year.

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    mr_tuel , April 19, 2012 2:32 AM
    Maybe I'm weird, but I like the battery on my watch to last months, if not years.
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    g00fysmiley , April 18, 2012 10:11 PM
    it is a gret idead, not sure it $150 would be woth it thoughfor the msrp, compared to a kindle for example at the non subsidized for $99 and that is a much bigger screen with wifi. still would be interesting, might splurge and buy at $150, but if they managed to sell em at $110 or less it'd fly off the shelves imo, the $115 to get one though as part of the initial grouping is certainly a good option if i had a droid or ios phone I'd bite at $115, unfortunatly it says they aren't supporting WebOS/palm
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    ProDigit10 , April 18, 2012 10:28 PM
    epaper is nice, but how is the battery life when you're going to use wireless feats to it?
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    frozonic , April 18, 2012 11:13 PM
    Great idea, i think of it more like an improved version of the Nike+ Wristband that i have that lets you keep track of your workout when using the iOS Nike+ app with compatible sport shoes, this is great, i might donate a few hundred dollars to their cause.
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    mr_tuel , April 19, 2012 2:32 AM
    Maybe I'm weird, but I like the battery on my watch to last months, if not years.
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    a_gert , April 19, 2012 3:15 AM
    mr_tuelMaybe I'm weird, but I like the battery on my watch to last months, if not years.


    Lets be honest, though. If you can remember to plug your phone/tablet in nightly, you can remember to take your watch off and plug it in before you go to bed one night a week.

    Think GameBoy battery life vs 3DS; if you're content playing GameBoy games, great, but if you want more functionality, it comes at a price. Same applies here.
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    RabidFace , April 19, 2012 5:22 AM
    You must be someone who doesn't wear a watch.

    I am the type that takes it off for NOTHING. Yes, that means shower, sleep and sex. I don't remove it from my wrist unless I absolutely have to, which has been zero up until my recent job. Been a Timex guy since I was 12. So that is 13 years constantly wearing a watch. Only removing it to replace the battery, band, or taking it off to go through security.

    But that's just me :) 
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    archange , April 19, 2012 6:05 AM
    Have you tried taking a whiff under the wristband? xD
    I have't used a watch since I got my first cell phone. Ad that was a loooong time ago, in a not so far-away galaxy.
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    amigafan , April 19, 2012 6:58 AM
    a_gertLets be honest, though. If you can remember to plug your phone/tablet in nightly, you can remember to take your watch off and plug it in before you go to bed one night a week.

    Watch is something I don't want to have to think about. It should be simple and reliable, not requiring constant maintenance/recharging.
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    dreadlokz , April 19, 2012 7:34 AM
    totaly gonna change my Tag Heuer for that =D
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    southernshark , April 19, 2012 12:33 PM
    amigafanWatch is something I don't want to have to think about. It should be simple and reliable, not requiring constant maintenance/recharging.


    I agree. I don't always use a watch, but when I do, I want to grab it off the counter, where it has probably been sitting for weeks without me using it, and to put it on. I don't wear a watch every day and don't see the point.
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    freggo , April 19, 2012 2:23 PM
    Another gadget that screams "please do not date me" wherever you go :-)
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    gm0n3y , April 19, 2012 5:26 PM
    This isn't really marketed to watch people. It is marketed to the 95% of the population that just uses their cell phone to tell the time. To those people, having to charge a device once a week is no big deal. Its more of a wrist/phone interface that also shows the time.
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    Tab54o , April 19, 2012 10:53 PM
    I always wear a watch a citizen eco drive and the battery lasts a lifetime I don't want to be messing with a clunky secondary cell phone like brick strapped to my wrist. I don't get why you need something to relay info from your phone to your wrist.
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