Pebble Smartwatch to ship with Bluetooth 4.0
The maker of Pebble smartwatch is on a mission to secure as much funding as the start-up company possibly can on Kickstarter. With such an overwhelming support shown by backers and future owners, it seems very likely that those who have pre-ordered Pebble will get the e-ink watch on time in September. And what’s even better is that the Pebble Smartwatch will now come with Bluetooth 4.0.
The decision to include Bluetooth 4.0 is a logical one, seeing that it consumes less energy compared to the previous iteration. Obvious benefits include better battery life, and will improve the battery life of the watch beyond the promised seven days. Any concerns about how it will affect the Smartwatch itself should be dismissed, according to the company. Adding Bluetooth 4.0 also opens up more possibility of connecting the watch with other devices, as well as making it compatible with more wireless sensors. Plus, it’s always a good thing to future-proof the watch with the latest iterations of said connectivity available.
Pebble said that Bluetooth 4.0 won’t be enabled out of the box. Once the watch is shipped, a software update to turn the feature on will be rolled out by the maker, though the time that this is set to occur is yet to be specified. The maker also maintains that the shipping date will not be affected at all, so this should come as a relief for those who can’t wait to sport the watch.
In case you’re wondering about the numbers of pre-orders that Pebble has received so far, you may be in for a surprise. Up until the time of writing this article, over 76,000 watches have been pre-ordered by tech and watch enthusiasts all over the world. With about a week left until Pebble’s Kickstarter project come to an end, the company has received over $9 million in funding, making it the most successful project on Kickstarter to date. Just last week, the company has inked a deal with RunKeeper, making it Pebble’s first app partner. We’re pretty sure this won’t be the last good news to come out from their camp.
Anyone picking one of these up?