The Pebble smart watch development kit was recently updated to allow two-way communication between watch and phone apps along with a new sports API for tracking exercise. The “Watchapps” can be built to receive weather or traffic information, act as remote controls for a phone or Internet-connected device, or even display bitcoin prices. In addition to all this, the new Pebble sports API is now available to all developers to utilize and can be found in the iPhone app for Runkeeper and FreeCaddie.
Furthermore, the company behind the watch also announced that it has secured $15 million in venture capital funding, which will according to them “be used to grow the software engineering team, expand Pebble’s open development platform and scale to meet customer demand.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the whole ordeal, Pebble previously gained considerable attention last year when the project earned more than $10 million in crowd sourced public funding on Kickstarter. According to Pebble’s founder, Eric Migicovsky:
The tremendous response we received from Kickstarter backers validated our belief in the value of a smart watch as a wearable computer, but also in the value an open platform brings to truly personalizing the watch to their daily activities. This new investment will help us build out the Pebble development ecosystem and deliver on Pebble's extraordinary potential.
The success is likely the reason why there are several rumors of tech giants such as Sony, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and even Apple also working on smart watches being afloat. We’ll have to wait and see if anyone makes a smart watch to compete, in the meantime Pebble is likely to see continued success.