Pebble Time Round Is Company’s First Circular Smartwatch

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pebble goes full circle with latest smartwatch.

Pebble has announced a brand new smartwatch called the Pebble Time Round, and the company touts it as the ‘thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world.’ The Pebble Time Round’s band will be offered in either 14mm or 20mm and the unit is available in one of three different colours variants namely black, silver or rose gold.

At 7.5mm thick and weighing in at 28 grams, the new watch is slighter than the smallest Apple Watch and much littler than some of the bulky Android Wear devices. Announced this morning, Pebble co-founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky was interviewed on stage by our own Greg Kumparak at Disrupt SF to share the story behind this new watch, and what’s currently happening at the company. “We’re not going to eliminate the other products — this is part of our product offer,” he said. “There isn’t going to be one smartwatch, one wearable, one form factor for everyone. Time Round will come with a choice of 20mm or 14mm band fittings, making it possibly the first smartwatch that will make sense for those with small wrists.

And it uses the same setup as all previous Pebble watches, with three buttons for navigating around the software located on the right side of the watch. The 1.25-inch diameter display is still color e-paper-and there is still no touchscreen. “We’ve been making smartwatches for a long time and there’s always been a small number of people who’ve told us that our watches were a bit too big for their wrists,” Mr. So how could the company make the watch so much smaller? “The one thing that I do acknowledge is that Pebble is well known for its amazing battery life. It’s designed from the ground up to be a truly smart watch.” The watch comes in black or silver (or rose gold in 14mm only), comes with a leather strap and is compatible with any watch band of the right size. It is still better than the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S or Motorola’s Android watches, but you will have to carry your cable whenever you go on a weekend trip.

The original Pebble was released in 2013, and the line has since been praised for its wide open approach to customisation, its store of free apps and watchfaces and its e-paper screen that, unlike other smartwatches, is never off. That creates a difficult chain of commands.” Like Apple, Pebble in this unique position in that it controls both hardware and software, letting the company control the user experience.

When asked whether Migicovsky would be ready to sell his company, his answers were vague. “Those are things that could happen in any startup,” he said. “You need to build something that people want.

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