The original Pebble smartwatch raised over $10 million on Kickstarter back in 2012, and is still one of the best and most popular wearables on the market. Just over two years later, the latest Pebble Time model – sporting a colour screen – has almost reached the same total in less than a day.
Pebble launched its latest Kickstarter project at 3pm on Tuesday and within just a couple of hours the account, with a goal of just $500,000, had rocketed to over $4.9 million thanks to almost 24,000 backers. Less than 24 hours on, the fund has jumped to $8.3 million.
With a glance at the Pebble Time’s projected spec it’s easy to see why people are so keen to leap on board. The watch, which is slated for a May 2015 launch date, will be available in three colours, but more importantly will boast seven days of battery life, something which other wearable manufacturers can only dream about.
A new colour e-paper display and a microphone for responding to notifications are two bonus features not found on earlier Pebble watches. The Pebble Time will also be water resistant and fully compatible with all 6,500-odd apps currently available for the original watch.
A stand-out feature for the Pebble Time will be its new timeline interface, which aggregates your schedule into a neat, easily viewable series of slides and lets you jump back and forward to see the things you have to do, as well as the things which you’ve done in the past.
Backers will now need to pony up $179 (£115) or more to get one of the new watches, which represents a relatively small saving, given the device’s $199 RRP. Hwoever, those who are willing to chip in more will get more for their effort.
A pledge of $338 (£218) or more will net you two of the new wearables, or if you’re feeling flush you could chime in $845 (£547) and get three. $1690 (£1093) would buy you 10. Then there’s the big kahuna pledge – $5K or more will get you 10 of each colour.
If you’re keen to get involved with this Kickstarter it might be prudent to get a wiggle on though, because slots are running out at an amazing rate.