It's a Dick-Tracy-eat-your-heart-out moment. The Pebble smartwatch, with its Kickerstarter pedigree and hype--self-described by developer Pebble Technology as the "first watch of the 21st century"--does look like the watch of the future. Although stylish on the outside with cool downloadable watch plates, how does it look on the inside? Once again we turn to our iFixit friends, who gave us a mini version of their Pebble watch teardown.
Pebble is a busy little watch. This watch does customizable, Internet-connected apps and vibrates silently when your smartphone gets calls, email, and texts. You can swim with it in salt or fresh water, its screen has a shatter-resistant white e-paper display (like a Kindle), and its battery lasts 7 days.
Oh, and it tells time.
The apps are connected to the Internet and your iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Software updates come watch wirelessly. "The RF module does in fact support Bluetooth Low Energy," says iFixit. These are the tech specs that make it work:
- 144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper
- Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 (Low Energy)
- Vibrating motor
- 3-axis accelerometer with gesture detection
In the end, iFixit found that although Pebble's low-power consumption is good because it decreases the frequency of charges, thereby lengthening battery life; however, because you can't access the battery to replace it, iFixit estimates the life of the watch is limited to 6-10 years.
Click through to the few next pages to see the iFixit teardown shots. (Use of this teardown, and images two through four, courtesy of Kyle Wiens, co-founder of iFixit.)
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