Pebble on Tuesday announced three new models for its wearable family, the Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core. The Pebble 2 and Time 2 are successors of existing watch models and target a more active user. Features include heart rate monitoring, workout tracking, and sleep tracking.
The pair take advantage of recently upgraded Pebble software, offer up notifications, show calendars, control music and have access to more than 13,000 apps. Both also include e-paper displays and can withstand water up to 30 meters. Like their predecessors, the watches can be paired with both Android and iOS phones.
The Pebble 2 is built to run for seven days and retails for $99 while the Time 2 squeezes out ten days of use and comes with a $169 price tag. The Pebble 2 ships in September followed by the Time 2 in November.
The Pebble Core is the company’s first foray into 3G-enabled wearables and acts somewhat differently than its brethren. Essentially a fob, the unit features two buttons which can be programmed to do a range of activities such as starting and stopping music playlists (Spotify) or call an Uber. According to Pebble, the Core is designed to replace your phone in situations where the user might not want to tote around the handset.
Internally, the Pebble Core houses a microphone, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS radios; the device can pair with headsets, accept voice commands, serve as a hotspot, and more. The Core runs $99 and is expected to ship in early 2017.
Suffice it to say, the demand for the new Pebble line is already off-the-charts. Having just launched on Kickstarter, it’s already approaching $1.5 million in backing as of the time of this article. There are 36 days to go before the campaign closes.