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Pebble smartwatches delayed

The latest information on the Pebble smartwatch, reveals that the color option which will be available to backers who joined at the $125 level will be a glossy orange finish. But, the company will not fulfill its original September shipping estimate.

“While we won’t be able to start shipping Pebbles in September, our current schedule has us on track to go from manufacturing zero to 15,000 Pebbles per week as soon as possible.” In his post on Kickstarter, CEO Eric Migicovsky characterized the watch’s progress as “sticking pretty closely to an aggressive timetable we put together at the end of May.”

The first shipping estimate was based on the original plan to create only 1,000 Pebble smartwatches. The project’s success led to a decision to go much bigger, to 85,000 which would mean going into full production.

Currently, the Pebble is in the “Engineering Verification” phase, which means that individual components are getting tested.

Pebble connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth, and alerts you about incoming calls, emails and messages via a silent vibration. The Kickstarter page says it is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps.The watch is water-resistant. The company is building apps for Pebble for the Cyclists, Runners to use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data; music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button; Freecaddie to create a golf rangefinder app which would work on over 25,000 courses world-wide.

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