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Terrier Tech: Pebble

Read your iPhone’s calls, texts, and reminders from your wrist

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For this week’s “Terrier Tech,” we take a look at Pebble, an e-paper watch for iPhone and Android. Have you ever received a call or text and wished you didn’t have to pull your phone out of your pocket to see who it was? Or worse, have you pulled out your phone only to find that you had just been imagining it was vibrating? If so, this could be the product you’ve been waiting for.

Launched with more than $10 million raised from Kickstarter, Pebble ($150 preorder at www.getpebble.com) brings sleek, simple, and customizable design in the form of a watch—beating Apple’s long-rumored counterpart to the punch by a long shot. It comes in a variety of colors, and you can download a variety of watch faces.

We found the watch easy to set up—a quick installation of an app on your iPhone or Android is all you need to make Pebble send you alerts, reminders, calls, and texts via Bluetooth. Pebble is also a great tool for controlling your music player and monitoring your cycling or running pace. Yes, there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but this device will improve as developers continue to polish it for release.

“Now every time your wrist is vibrating, your social life is validated,” says “Terrier Tech” host Warren Towers. “Oddly enough though, it’s never been easier to check your wrist and blow someone off.”

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Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

5 Comments on Terrier Tech: Pebble

  • Stanislaw L on 04.01.2013 at 2:34 am

    I love my pebble, too. But as I read this review, I wonder, if they realy tested the smartwatch. Monitoring running and cycling pace? Shure, in the future.

    • Aaron L'Heureux on 04.01.2013 at 9:35 am

      In the video we mentioned that it’s a future feature and technically the watch isn’t released so I think it’s ok to mention the promised functionality, maybe that could get cleared up?

      I actually use my Pebble all the time :D

  • Bob Lawblaw on 04.01.2013 at 10:05 am

    If this gets rid of the false vibrate, I’m game

    • Aaron L'Heureux on 04.01.2013 at 11:11 am

      Basically for the notifications you setup (or the ones it supports automatically) it will also vibrate when the phone would so the confirmation from the wrist helps fix the uncertainty. There are definitely still issues with notifications in general when using iOS (Android has its own set of problems) but standard text/imessage/phone notifications are connected by default.

  • Gregory on 04.01.2013 at 10:18 am

    Interesting gadget. Sexy host.

    And Aaron was good too.

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