Do you love your iPhone, but hate having to pull it out of your pocket every time you want to check your messages?
What if your watch could do all the important things your iPhone can do?
Now it can!
A new startup called Pebble seeks to combine the power of the iPhone with the band you wear around your wrist. This, of course, goes against the prediction Leonard Sweet made in his latest book, Viral, where he proclaimed “Googlers rarely wear a watch. ‘Why would you want a device that only does one thing?’.”
However, the case that Pebble is trying to make is pretty convincing. In their promotional video (see below), they reveal the convenience of controlling your smartphone from your wrist, especially when doing activities that otherwise require your attention (such as biking, cooking, etc). Also, if Leonard Sweet’s argument is on target, Pebble sidesteps the issue by transforming the watch from something that “only does one thing” to something that does everything.
Already, Pebble has generated so much attention that it far exceeded it’s initial Kickstarter goal of $100,000. In fact, it raised $500,000 in the first day alone, and to-date has raised over $2 million! I’m sure the creators are pretty excited about that result.
Of course, expect this watch to set you pack a pretty penny. It is expected to retail at $150 (or $115 if you act now and give your money as a pledge on Kickstarter).
Would you use a Pebble?