Pebble Time becomes most funded Kickstarter ever


Smart watch maker has smashed the $13.3 million record on crowd funding site for two new devices

Smart watch manufacturer Pebble has became the most funded Kickstarter in history after generating more than $13.3 million donations on the crowd-funding platform for its new Pebble Time device.

The Californian manufacturer was originally only seeking $500,000 when it launched the Kickstarter campaign for its latest wearable on February 24, but it has gained more than 20 times that total from more than 62,000 contributors.

Pebble had previously held the same record after funding for its original smart watch reached $10.3 million, until the record was broken by cooling box The Cooler in August last year.

The campaign will run until March 27, with those who pledge money able to get a Pebble Time by pledging $179 (£116) or above, or a Pebble Time Steel for $250 (£163) and higher.

Both watches come with between seven and ten days battery life, according to Pebble, which is achieved by using an e-Paper screen instead of an LCD display.

Both work with both Android and iOS devices, but lack some sensors, such as GPS or heart rate monitors, that can be found in devices such as the Moto 360 or the upcoming Apple Watch. Instead, these additional sensors come in the form of accessories called Smartstraps, which will be released later this year.

The difference between the two devices is in the design. The Pebble Time comes in an all plastic casing, while the Pebble Time Steel, which was unveiled at MWC, is a premium metal.