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Playing with my Pebble Smart Watch

by Andrew White  |  December 13, 2013  |  Comments Off on Playing with my Pebble Smart Watch

Two weeks ago I took delivery of my new Pebble.  I know this is an early example of a “smart watch” but I just had to give it a try.  Here are my initial views:

The good:

  • It looks cute, smooth and my black watch and strap look hip.  At least I feel cool.
  • I have stopped looking at my iPhone every 2 minutes.  I get alerts (you get to choose what kinds) on my watch.  I get IM’s, email, phone, Viber, Skype and lots of others.  When there is something important, I go to the iPhone or PC to take action. 
  • In just two weeks the smart watch has been updated twice.  The first one didn’t seem to do much.  The second expanded the options for the alarm feature.  It now has a “snooze” option!!!!
  • Strangely my Withings and MyFitnessPal integration has suddenly started to pick up more daily physical activity data.  Not sure why, or how.  I did, temporarily, turn on RunKeeper (supposedly integrated to my Pebble) but I could not see any interaction so I turned off that integration.  I guess Withings (I wear its Pulse) may have updated itself too – who knows.

The less good/more improvement needed:

  • It’s got a gray scale screen; I can’t wait for a color screen. 
  • You need to keep your iPhone close by; if you leave the phone and go somewhere, the Bluetooth connection could drop and it takes a bit to re synch.  I guess that’s what you get with Bluetooth.
  • The updating, though initiated automatically, is anything but easy.  Both times the watch crashed or the connection between the phone and watch dropped.  Also, the drain on the iPhone batter is significant.  You could lose the phone if you don’t watch the increased drain.
  • Could do with more application options and features on the watch.  Very limited at present.

Bottom Line: Impressed at the process to upgrade the smart watch and get new features.  A cool Xmas gift; won’t be mass market until Xmas 2015 though will need color screens and many more apps to use on it before hand.

Category: quantified-self  

Tags: instrumentation-gone-wild  internet-of-everything  internet-of-things  personal-analytics  

Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a research vice president and agenda manager for MDM and Analytics at Gartner. His main research focus is master data management (MDM) and the drill-down topic of creating the "single view of the product" using MDM of product data. He was co-chair… Read Full Bio

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