Three years after rolling out the Pebble smartwatch, the California startup has unveiled its next generation of wearables: the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. A Kickstarter campaign for these new devices, launched only three days ago, has already surpassed its funding goal of $1,000,000 USD, sustaining the idea that its availability has been tantamount to Pebble’s success.
Aside from a few aesthetic overhauls and lighter construction, the Pebble 2 now features a built-in microphone and new heart-rate sensors, making it ideal for fitness tracking. Meanwhile, the Pebble Time 2, built around a metal frame, features a larger e-paper display, 10-day battery life and – like the Pebble 2 – heart rate monitoring.
Additionally, Pebble has launched a pair of “Core” devices, which are essentially tiny Android computers for the wrist. They don’t have a screen but are compatible with Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G for more basic activities, like streaming music and connecting to fitness apps.
The Pebble 2 is expected to ship in September, while the Time 2 should arrive in November. The watches can be backed on Kickstarter for $99 USD and $169 USD, respectively.