SAN FRANCISCO -- The wearable world awaits, some people with excitement and others with anxiety, for the long-rumored iWatch. Apple fans are looking forward, most likely in 2014, to a breakthrough product that decorates their wrists and seamlessly integrates with the iPhone and App Store. The anxiety is most persistent among those who are building wearable products that will eventually compete with an iWatch or whatever wearable device Apple delivers.
Smartwatches have been invading headlines around the world for the last year or two, causing quite a bit of a stir. From a startup's few million crowdfunded dollars to whether or not Apple will unveil its own connected wrist gadget, people are interested. It's taken us (and most everyone) longer than expected to get one of the new guys in house, but the time has finally come. Let the wrist buzzing begin.
AT&T announced that it will be hawking the Pebble smartwatch come September 27. It will be the first mobile carrier to sell the watch, which not only tells the time but also wirelessly connects to users' smartphones.
Pebble was one of the first smartwatches to debut after its massive Kickstarter campaign last year. The watch reached its funding goal of $100,000, and then quickly surpassing it to raise a total of $10.2 million.
The $150 Bluetooth enabled smartwatch can alert users to e-mails and social-networking updates, as well as display caller ID information. The watch face … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is the latest smartwatch to attempt to crack the code on wearable computers. It is loaded with sensors and a camera, and has the brief battery life of a smartphone. It also costs $299. At the other end of the spectrum is the Pebble, a $150 watch with week-long battery life that relies more on a "micro-interactions" with an iOS or Android smartphone to be useful.
Pebble, which raised $10 million on Kickstarter and earned a spot at Best Buy, had orders for more than 275,000 watches by mid-July, and in excess of … Read more
Samsung has had a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to mobile. It's the world's biggest handset vendor, but Samsung is forever compared to Apple and often found to be lacking in one way or the other. Either it's the plasticky feel of its devices or the hard-knocks lesson that its features, like eye scrolling, don't always run as smoothly as expected. Most of all, it's the perception … Read more
On Thursday, Pebble released an update to its iOS app for the Pebble Watch that added a workaround for e-mail alerts. Up until now, iOS users would have to go to Notification Settings and toggle the "View on Lockscreen" setting any time their phone and watch lost Bluetooth connection. So if the phone was restarted, or you simply wandered out of range for the two devices to stay connected, you'd have to do "the finger dance" (as named by Pebble users) in order to get alerts back. Even then, e-mail alerts were hit or miss. … Read more
Deep in a dimly lit audience in New York City, I sat watching a presenter show a slide reading, "Challenges for High Performance Wearable Solutions."
Of all the challenges listed -- battery life, processor power, connectivity, developing compelling applications -- one was left out: who, exactly, wants to wear this wearable tech, and why?
"Wearable tech" is the latest hot buzz phrase, and it's been surging in consumer electronics circles. But despite how simple the label sounds on the surface, it's a category that's extremely tricky to pin down.
Eager manufacturers parachuting on … Read more
The Pebble smart watch allows users to design and install custom watch faces and apps. But if you've ever thought about trying to design your own faces, only to find the Pebble developer site and learn it's not even close to a streamlined process, you're in luck.
The hardest part of using Watchface Generator is deciding how you want your watch to look and work. You're able to set the font, … Read more
Android users definitely get the better deal when it comes to the Pebble watch. The "openness" of Android allows for developers to piggyback on other services and products, such as Pebble and come up with some handy uses.
While browsing Google Play, scrolling through the long list of apps developers have made to integrate with Pebble, I found an app called Pebble Rocker.
This app is more like the Swiss Army knife of Pebble apps, as it adds a lot of different functions to the Pebble watch from one place. After buying the app for just under $1 … Read more
Now that the masses have the chance to walk into Best Buy and pick up a Pebble watch, the weaknesses of the watch and apps will naturally be front and center. One of the weaknesses of the current official Pebble Android app is lack of support for notifications from third-party apps.
Pebble Notifier, a free app available in the Play Store, will send notifications from any app installed on your device to your Pebble watch. Setup takes little time, and is very straightforward.
To use the app, you're required to grant it accessibility access (the same is required by … Read more