Smartwatch and wearable devices startup Pebble on Tuesday unveiled three new devices: a second-generation Pebble, dubbed the Pebble 2, a new version of the Pebble Time and the Core, a pocket computer for runners wit built-in cellular connectivity.
The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are outfitted with better, larger e-ink color displays than their predecessors and introduce more advanced heart rate sensors and longer battery life. The core, a fitness tracker, has an embedded cellular connection, music features, four gigabytes of storage and more.
Meet the new Pebbles
“Pebble Core makes lightweight, phone-free fitness tracking, GPS, and music a reality,” explains the company. “Pebble 2 reimagines the essential smartwatch with heart rate-enabled activity tracking. And Pebble Time 2 delivers the ultimate pro smartwatch with a larger, color e-paper screen and heart rate monitoring”.
Check out the new devices in a promotional video below.
The $99 Pebble 2 “reimagines the essential smartwatch” with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, activity and sleep tracking and built-in microphone. The device is water-resistant up to thirty meters deep and features a seven-day battery life.
Pebble Time 2
The $169 Pebble Time 2 is a stainless steel smartwatch with a 53 percent larger e-paper screen than last year’s model, and it’s now in color. The device also has built-in microphone, a heart rate sensor, activity and sleep tracking and more.
Like the Pebble 2, the Pebble Time 2 features water resistance up to thirty meters.
The Pebble Time 2 has even longer battery life, rated at ten days.
The Pebble 2 and Time 2 work with both iOS and Android smartphones.
The $69 Pebble Core, which can be seen pictured below, is a compact, lightweight fitness tracking device with built-in GPS and 3G cellular connectivity.
It’s interesting that the Core streams music from Spotify and syncs GPS data with Runkeeper, Strava and Under Armour Record via Wi-Fi. “In its essence, Core is a tiny, hackable Android computer that fits on your keychain to become your magic button for anything,” wrote the firm.
And in addition to tracking your pace, distance and location with GPS, the Core can send an emergency SOS if needed. As a bonus, Core’s 4GB of built-in storage let you store your favorite playlists, podcasts and audiobooks on the device, capture voice notes and more.
Developers can sign up for early access to the Pebble Core SDK.
The new Pebble devices run an updated suite of Pebble’s Health tools. The accompanying Pebble Health application syncs its data with both Apple’s HealthKit and Google’s Fit, with plans to add more integrations over the next year.
More about the new Pebbles can be read in the company’s announcement blog post and on their Kickstarter webpage for the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core.
Pebble 2 backers can expect to receive their device in September of this year. The Pebble Time 2 will ship starting in November. The Pebble Core is estimated to arrive in January 2017.
After the Kickstarter backing ends, the new gadgets will become available for purchase through the Pebble online store.