Pebble smartwatch won’t make September ship date

Jul 25, 2012
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The Pebble smartwatch caused quite a stir across the internets when it was announced, breaking Kickstarter records and ultimately reaching $10.2 million in funding. The original goal was to create 1,000 Pebble watches and have them delivered to customers into September, but the company behind the watch has warned of delays thanks to the sheer demand. Full production is now planned for 85,000 watches, but ramping up for that kind of volume will mean Kickstarters will have to wait a bit longer to get their wares.

Pebble notes that watches won’t be hitting customers wrists by the original September estimate, although it remains hopeful that production will scale quickly. Taking to its Kickstarter page and issuing a manufacturing update, Pebble notes: “While we won't be able to start shipping Pebbles in September, our current schedule has us on track to go from manufacturing zero to 15,000 Pebbles per week as soon as possible.”

It’s not all bad news, though: the company unveiled the color of the Voter’s Choice Pebble watch, showing off a funky orange hue. Other color options for the watch include black, red, and white. As for where the project is right now, Pebble say the watch is in Engineering Verification stage. The team is making sure everything is perfect with the design before the necessary tooling can be created for mass production. The team has thrown up some images of samples for your perusal in the meantime, which may or may not help ease the pain of a delayed watch.

[via The Verge]


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