Considering buying one of these, will I actually use it or just another gimic that I throw in my drawer a few months down the line
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Some 85,000 customers waiting patiently, and some not so patiently, were rewarded with good news about their Pebble smart watch. At the 2013 International Consumer Electronics show, the company behind the Pebble announced that after months of delays, the e-paper watch will start shipping on Jan. 23. The product is well known as one of the best-funded projects on Kickstarter, raising more than $10 million last May.
Originally, the Pebble watch was expected to ship last September. But the Pebble team informed its many backers of a number of delays. Some had hoped for delivery in time for the 2012 holiday season, but that time came and went. Perhaps as some consolation for the wait, the Pebble team announced Wednesday that two additional sensors would be part of the watch: a magnetometer, for compass-like functions, and ambient light sensors. Both will be enabled in a future update.
The black-and-white faced watch is compatible with both Apple’s iPhone(s aapl) and various Google Android(s goog) handsets. When connected wirelessly to a supported handset, the Pebble can receive notifications for incoming text messages, calls, emails, and provides alerts for calendar appointments, weather alerts, Twitter and Facebook. Because the watch uses a low-powered e-paper display, it can run on a single charge for up to a full week.