Pebble Time reclaims the Kickstarter record for smart watch pioneers

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We recently wrote about the start of the new Pebble campaign for their new Time offering which smashed the record for raising the quickest $1 million (49 minutes) which was previously held by Android-based game console Ouya (2 days and 19 hours). With the campaign now finished they've gone on and reclaimed the top spot as most funded project.

pebble-time-1[Image Source: Pebble]

78,471 backers pledged over $20.3 million to knock the Coolest beer cooler of the throne by $10 million. But the cooler didn't even last a year after taking the title from Pebble's original campaign back in 2012 which raised $10.3 million. 

The Pebble team were the pioneers of the smart watch and have gained quite a strong following and it may need it with competition coming from all of the big names, including Apple this April. However, after announcing in February that they have shipped over 1 million units, CEO Eric Migicovsk doesn't seem phased by the threat of the competition evident in a comment on a recent Reddit AMA:


pebble-time-2[Image Source: Pebble]

The new Time offering has a smaller and lighter design and a more finished design to it but the most obvious difference is the 64 colour e-paper display which is capable of 30 fps. One of Pebble's biggest advantages has been its battery life - nobody wants wearables that require constant removal - and it has maintained this competitive statistic with the Time which is said to last up to 7 days.

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