Pebble Smartwatch Hits Best Buy Shelves

by Ryan Hauck | July 3, 2013 12:14 pm

Pebble smartwatches, the most successful Kickstarter project of all time, is finally hitting store shelves July 7. Starting Sunday, Best Buy (BBY[1]) customers will be able to pick up a watch for the price of $149.99.

The watch, which garnered more than 100 times its stated goal of $100,000 from nearly 69,000 backers[2], is advertised as being compatible with iPhone and Android. But Christina Warren at Mashable[3] claims she’s managed to sync the watch (which shipped to Kickstarter donors of more than $99 back in January) to the Galaxy X4, the Nexus 4, and the Xperia Z as well.

Upon release, the watch will be available in “jet black,” with a “cherry red” model finding its way to Best Buy shelves in August. Customers will be able to purchase blue, grey, and orange variations of the watch directly from Pebble’s website [4]at a later date.

So far, Pebble’s main competition is the Sony (SNE[5]) SmartWatch, the second generation of which came out last month. However, Apple (AAPL[6]) has fueled continuing speculation that they too will soon enter the wearable technology market by registering a trademark on the name “iWatch.” Google (GOOG[7]), Microsoft (MSFT[8]), and Samsung are all also purportedly considering watch designs of their own, according to Hot Hardware[9].

Endnotes:
  1. BBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBY
  2. which garnered more than 100 times its stated goal of $100,000 from nearly 69,000 backers: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android
  3. Mashable: http://mashable.com/2013/07/02/pebble-best-buy/
  4. Pebble’s website : http://getpebble.com/
  5. SNE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SNE
  6. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  7. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  8. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  9. Hot Hardware: http://hothardware.com/News/Kickstarter-Darling-Pebble-Smartwatch-Lands-at-Best-Buy/

Source URL: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/pebble-smartwatch-hits-best-buy-shelves/
Short URL: http://invstplc.com/1nyRmEw