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How Pebble smart watches get a second life



The crowd-funded Pebble smartphone officially died last June, but a group of dedicated Pebble fans are giving Pebbles a second life, as detailed in this great iFixit article you should read.

The Pebble launched to a record Kickstarter in 2012 because it seemed to have the potential to be the first good smart watch. Part of the appeal was that it looks premature – it can do things like show notifications and help you control the music on your phone, which will become a betting table for smartwatches made by other companies in the coming years.

But after the Apple Watch entered the market in 201

5, it ended with the Pebble game. The company was acquired by Fitbit in late 2016 and Fitbit eventually announced that it would exclude Pebble's web services, which include an app store, voice dictation, weather and more.

The story of iFixit chronicles how a "Rebble Alliance" group of dedicated Pebble fans, developers, and former employees have teamed up to document and save as much as possible on Pebble so they can recover what would otherwise be lost.

As history explains, the Rebble Alliance has been incredibly successful. Among other things highlighted in the story, there is already GitHub that retains an incredible amount of technical information about Pebble, web services (some with paid subscribers!) That replace much of what was excluded by Fitbit, and even the aspirations of feedback – engineering Pebble firmware to be able to someday create custom Pebble-like smart watches.

This is a great story – and you should read it on iFixit.


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