Most of the Consumer Electronics show (CES) is about big-ass television screens. Amongst the flat panels, though, a diamond was unearthed. The Pebble watch was revealed at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.
Pebble, billed as the first watch designed for the 21st Century, is the most successful Kickstarter project in that fundraising site's history. With over $10 million in backing, only the Ouya gaming system comes close to Pebble's fundraising success.
An Android- and iPhone-compatible digital watch with an e-paper display, Pebble supports Bluetooth connectivity and apps that allow the user to control his or her music player, read texts and emails, and log workouts.
An SDK allows developers to creat their own Pebble apps.
The Pebble project also forced Kickstarter to shift its position on backer rewards, as the project became a sort of mini-store for a product that didn't yet exist at the time.
When can I get my Pebble watch?
The Pebble watch starts shipping on January 23. Hold your horses, though: unless you were one of the Kickstarter backers, you'll have to wait. Around 85,000 Pebble watches are earmarked for those who funded the project.