Pebble, yet another popular project launched by way of Kickstarter, will be shown off at CES 2013. Pebble sent out notices of an event taking place on January 9th to members of the press earlier today where the smartwatch device will be thoroughly shown off.
Pebble is based around interaction with a smartphone app (iOS and Android are both going to be supported out of the gate). Pertinent information is displayed on the small e-ink screen, and more capabilities are available to the watch via apps.
On May 8th, 2012, the company announced that the Pebble would support Bluetooth 4, which drastically cuts down on power consumption on both ends, and most decently-specced devices shipped since the iPhone 4S include support for the latest Bluetooth protocol.
The Pebble is designed to be used alongside a smartphone, and provides alerts for the following notifications:
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
The concept of a wearable, smart computing has recently become something of intense interest in the tech community. With Google’s Glasses project moving ahead, and various other companies rumored to be engineering competitors, Pebble will likely be the first entrant in to a market that could soon be very crowded. The Pebble does have an inherent advantage in that it is cross-platform, and supports the vast majority of smartphones by offerings an app for both Android and iOS.
It’ll be interesting to see what the final product looks like, and how it performs in real-world tests. It seems as if the Pebble project is finally about to become a real offering for consumers everywhere.