Pebble's first non-watch is principally a subsequent-gen iPod Shuffle
Certainly one of Pebble’s massive objectives for 2016 was to focus its efforts on well being and health. It up to date its Well being app to offer extra significant stats and, simply right now, it introduced two new smartwatches with constructed-in coronary heart price screens. However that wasn’t fairly sufficient. The corporate additionally needed to make one thing that might let individuals run with out their telephones — it wanted to have GPS and be capable of play music. Sadly, bundling all of that performance right into a watch would make it very costly, so Pebble did not need to go that route. As an alternative, it constructed one thing totally totally different. That is the Pebble Core, the corporate’s first-ever non-smartwatch. It is an Android-powered wearable designed for runners. It has GPS so you’ll be able to monitor your runs and, this is the fascinating half, a constructed-in 3G modem that allows you to stream music over Spotify. Consider it as a subsequent-era iPod Shuffle.
That is not all. That very same 3G modem can be utilized to ship emergency SOS notifications for those who’re in hassle. It has WiFi for syncing your operating stats with apps like Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, Google Match and Beneath Armour. You’ll be able to map the Core’s buttons — there is a huge one and a small one — to activate sure apps or actions, like ordering an Uber or calling your partner. There is a three.5mm headset jack for earbuds however it additionally has Bluetooth should you choose to go wi-fi. On its again is a magnetic clip, which could be clipped on to your shirt or your pocket.
As for that Spotify streaming we talked about earlier, you do want a SIM card for that. Additionally, Pebble tells us the streaming solely works with Spotify Premium because of a particular partnership between the 2 corporations. However the Core ought to nonetheless be completely useful with no SIM card. You will not be capable of stream music, however it does have 4GB of storage you could load up with songs over WiFi. 4GB is not a lot, however the concept right here is that the quantity must be sufficient for an hour-lengthy exercise session at the least.
“We have cut up up the capabilities that runners need into two merchandise,” says Eric Migicovsky, Pebble’s CEO and founder. “You’ve got received the look ahead to doing coronary heart-fee and a show. And [the Core] is a tiny little pc that you simply hold in your pocket.” The Core has different potential makes use of too. Migicovsky says you possibly can clip it to your child’s backpack and it immediately turns into a child tracker. It is also sort of like a Tile — connect it to your keys, for instance — and you’ll discover it from anyplace because of the GPS and 3G modem.
The Core is usable with no Pebble watch, however having one does add somewhat bit extra performance. The watch primarily provides a show, with which you need to use to trace your velocity, distance and tempo in actual-time. You will additionally be capable of see what track is at present enjoying and altering tracks can be somewhat simpler too — in any other case, music controls are relegated to the buttons in your headphones. As for its battery life, Migicovsky tells me it ought to final 9 to 10 hours earlier than needing a recharge. It comes with a wi-fi charger or you’ll be able to cost it by way of an included headphone port cable.
As for the worth? It’s going to retail for $ninety nine, however it’s at present out there for preorder on Kickstarter for $sixty nine. “We expect the Pebble 2 and the Core makes a really compelling mixture,” says Migicovsky. Seeing because the Pebble 2 is just $129 retail ($ninety nine on Kickstarter), shopping for each units would set you again $228 ($168 on Kickstarter), which he says continues to be fairly reasonably priced when in comparison with different smartwatches available on the market. That proposition may solely be engaging to these already in Pebble’s camp, however in case you’re a health nerd on a price range, it isn’t a nasty concept. Nonetheless, you will have to attend awhile earlier than you will get your very personal Core — it’s going to begin delivery in January of subsequent yr.