Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

29 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

If a smartwatch replaces your keys, here’s what you put on your keychain.

It’s no exploding kitten, nor is it a new space-based massively multiplayer online game, but Pebble’s new Time smartwatch—which the company launched on Kickstarter—has raised a record amount in its short month of fundraising. At the time, Kickstarter claimed that “Pebble is the fastest project to ever raise $1 million on Kickstarter.” In 48 hours, the Pebble Time project surpassed the total amount raised by the original Pebble on Kickstarter ($10,266,845).

The right mix of hardware will already let you control certain smart locks and start certain automobiles straight from the wrist, and this will only become more prevalent with time. “Not so fast,” you protest. “What happens when my smartwatch’s battery dies on my way back to the parking lot, genius? It managed to raise just around $20.3 million from 78,358 backers, beating the now-second-place Kickstarter project, the Coolest Cooler, which only managed to pull in (a mere) $13.2 million this past March.

Pebble sold its first smartwatch on Kickstarter back in 2012 and, just a few weeks before the Apple Watch launch, has proved it can still drive considerable demand. Let’s be clear: This particular NomadKey is not going to save you from a potential lockout, at least not unless you’re in the habit of lugging a laptop around wherever you go. That honor goes to Chris Roberts’ upcoming Star Citizen MMO, which has raised $76 million (and counting) since the launch of its fundraising campaign in October of 2012.

A whopping 219,382 (mostly) paid $35 each to get their hands on a copy of the card game, which is expected to start shipping out in July of this year. The new smartwatch is also 20 percent thinner than its predecessor, and it comes with a new microphone that allows for voice-based responses to smartwatch events (if you’re pairing your smartwatch to an Android phone, at least; iOS users are a bit more limited).

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