Allerta, makers of the Pebble smartwatch that’s currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, has just announced that they’re upgrading the watch with Bluetooth 4.0. This bit of news comes roughly a month after they celebrated hitting $3 million in funding by giving it better waterproofing. And why shouldn’t they? They just hit the $10 million mark from more than 66,000 backers with 8 days to go, making for an instant hit months before it even gets released.
Bluetooth 4.0 gives the device better power efficiency and wider device support, generally making it more flexible as a wireless accessory. It’s still backwards-compatible with Bluetooth 2.1.
If you didn’t catch the earlier announcements and you have no idea what the Pebble smartwatch is all about, it’s basically a Bluetooth–enabled wristwatch that hooks up with your mobile phone. When connected, the watch will be able to display alerts and notifications, display GPS data, control music, and support a number of apps (like a golf rangefinder) you can get from an upcoming Pebble wachapp store. The Pebble also features a low-power e-paper screen, which uses less power than a standard LCD or AMOLED screen.
Available in white, black and red color options (as well as interchangeable straps that you can mix-and-match it with), the Pebble also features a number of watchface options, and support for iOS and Android devices.
It’s still listed on Kickstarter, starting from $115 if you want to get in early. No word on a retail price once they start production, but it’s “estimated” to be out sometime in September.