We’ve seen all the Android-powered smartwatches and they have been great but one thing all iOS users have been asking is, what about us? Well, that question has received about half a million answers on Kickstarter, and they all say yes.
A new project on the funding website that seeks to raise funds to roll out an iPhone-compliant smartwatch dubbed the Pebble has raised over $500,000 in the first day of its pitch.
The Pebble, which allows the user to use the gadget as a standard watch but also as a synced device to one’s iPhone, is a touchscreen interface device that its makers hope will appease all iPhone users who have felt left out of all the fun so far.
Designed and built by the same guy behind InPulse, the Android-powered version of the Pebble, Eric Migicovsky, the Pebble enables the user to view notifications from their phone, play music stored on their phone, as well as act as a remote controlling device for one’s phone when synced.
So what’s different about this version of smartwatch? Well, the developers have opted to go for a minimalist approach, choosing to use e-ink (the type of screen found on the original Nook or Kindle), instead of trying to juggle with color pixels in the limited space the device has.
In addition, they have decided not to front load too much onto the device, opting instead to leave most of the functionality to the iPhone and only use Pebble as an extension of the iPhone, rather than a replacement.
The biggest feature, however, must be the fact that its developers are leaving the device wide open through an API so other developers can create third-party apps that will connect the iPhone to the device in ways the developers conceive.
Its initial price will be $149, and this price tag seems rather appropriate for the sort of options the watch offers.