Kickstarter, a crowd funding site for creative projects is a meeting place for new ideas, start-ups, etc that cover a wide genre right from indie films, food, music, comics, video games to technology. The idea behind this successful program is that rather than approaching big organizations for funding, start-ups are funded by you, the average user. If you like an idea or a project that’s been presented, you simply donate a small amount and once they reach their goal, that product can soon become a commercial reality. This year, Pebble e-paper watch became the most funded project in the history of Kickstarter, only six days after launching. A project by Pebble Technology, the watch boasts of an e-ink display and has support for apps that will sync with your iPhone or Android phone. After that, the type of apps are left to imagination of the app developer, but Pebble has already shown a couple of interesting applications for their new accessory.
The pebble watch
The watch syncs with your phone via Bluetooth and can alert you about incoming calls, text messages, emails, etc. The vibration notification system works for other apps on your phone as well, like Calendar alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter, weather alerts, alarms, etc. If you fancy an app that’s not there, simply download the Pebble SDK and with some basic C programming knowledge, you should be able to create your own app. The display on the watch measures 144 x 168, black and white e-ink display, has four buttons, Bluetooth 2.1, 3-axis accelerometer and little vibrating motor. Just like the current generation iPod Nano, you can install customized watch faces to give it a different look every day. The beauty of this project is that it’s constantly changing and evolving based on user feedback. If you wish to see a feature added, simply drop them a mail and with enough requests, it might just make it to the final product. It’s a really cool initiative and we urge you to check it out.
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