The Pebble Founder Reveals The Hardest Part Of Bringing His Product To Market

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Eric Migicovsky is the founder of Pebble Technology and the brain behind the Pebble smartwatch that caught all kinds of attention on Kickstarter.He’s holding an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit and revealed the hardest part of bringing his product to the market:

“Probably the industrial and aesthetic design. That was the most ‘Oh, sh*t, are we doing the right thing’ moment.”

But he answered many other user-submitted questions as well. Here’s what we learned:

  • There are no plans to support Windows Phone. It doesn’t include the necessary Bluetooth APIs. The watch is only for iPhone and Android
  • He went with buttons over a touchscreen because he “didn’t like the idea of obscuring our relatively tiny screen with my fat fingers” (click here to see picture of the watch)
  • They’re teaming up with manufacturer Dragon Innovation to successfully ensure the delivery of 85,000 units by September
  • There’s no mention of a specific number, but Migicovsky writes that you’ll be able to store “quite a few” apps on the watch
  • A colour e-ink screen will not happen
  • The watch will be water-resistant, but not waterproof
  • The watch will get its time from your phone. If you wander out of Bluetooth range, it will keep its own time. When you wander back in range, it re-syncs
  • The battery will last 7+ days. It’s USB-rechargeable and is not removable

We’re pretty pumped to get our Pebble in September. Want one for yourself? Time is running out >

Here’s what Eric had to say when we spoke to him >

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