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COMPATIBILITY: Pebble E-Paper Watch to might get support for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 26.06.12 - 13:59:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9835x
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I'm sure, you have heard about the Pebble e-paper watch for Android and iOS, which was a huge success on Kickstarter and which is expected to come out in August, finding its way to the 85,000 "pebblers". If you haven't heard about Pebble yet, it's described to be "the first watch built for the 21st century". Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting users with a silent vibration to incoming calls, E-Mails and messages but also allows to interact with the smartphones since it's "infinitely customizable" with downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Apps bring Pebble to life, for instance will cyclists be able to use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on smartphone, etc.

It allows to control the music player of connected smartphones, to play, pause or skip tracks on with the touch of a button. However, as mentioned above, Pebble was initially design to only work with Android and iOS and the Pebble website clearly states, that it's only compatible with the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S running iOS 5, any iPod Touch with iOS 5, Android devices running 2.3 and up (including Android 4.0) but unfortunately Pebble does not work with Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 or Palm phones at this time.

However, at the recent LeWeb conference in London, Eric Migicovsky, the company's founder and lead designer, told The Guardian, that Pebble Technology is now "looking at Windows Phone, and is interested in what might be possible with Siri, as Apple opens out its voice control technology in future iterations of iOS". Siri might be indeed an interesting option but even more important, at least from my point of view is, that Pebble might become compatible to Microsoft's Windows Phone. There's no other Kickstarter project which was hyped as much as Pebble and if I would be in charge in Redmond, I would give Migicovsky a call today to offer him as much support as Pebble needs. I think it's essential that Microsoft's Windows Phone will be part of such technologies and hypes, since this kind of technology might lead into a totally new direction how devices and gadgets interact with each other. So far, Windows Phone is pretty much an outsider.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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