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RunKeeper Updated With Pebble Smart Watch Support

Just over a year ago, popular workout tracking app RunKeeper announced that it was working on support for the Pebble smart watch, which ultimately broke a number of records in raising over $10 million on Kickstarter. With Pebbles having started shipping earlier this year, RunKeeper today announced the availability of updated versions of its iOS and Android apps to provide Pebble integration.

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Integration is relatively simple for the time being, with a paired Pebble automatically displaying elapsed time, distance, and pace when a RunKeeper activity is underway, although TechCrunch reports that the RunKeeper team is working on expanding functionality.
This version of RunKeeper for Pebble is just a start, [RunKeeper CEO Jason] Jacobs says, noting that during the development process they realized they could add in much more, like setting pace on the smart watch, setting distance targets and more. RunKeeper also worked closely with Pebble to get this particular integration developed, and says we’ll see similar UI elements used as other fitness tracking apps come on board. Future work could go into helping RunKeeper differentiate its experience further as the development ecosystem for Pebble progresses.

For those who did not order Pebble through Kickstarter, the smart watch is available for pre-order with delivery scheduled for summer. RunKeeper is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 13 months ago

Could you please send me a link to the device you've developed?


Where has this stupid idea come from over the last few years that you can't criticise something unless you've done better yourself? I can't play football but I can recognise bad play, I can't do joinery but I can recognise bad workmanship, I can't direct a movie but I know when I'm watching a turkey. Get the idea?
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Posted: 13 months ago

so you still need your iphone with you when you go running? Oh yes that watch is so useful.


Could you please send me a link to the device you've developed?
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Posted: 13 months ago
i like yoga pants
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Posted: 13 months ago
At last!! I can finally become a marathon runner!
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Posted: 12 months ago

Where has this stupid idea come from over the last few years that you can't criticise something unless you've done better yourself? I can't play football but I can recognise bad play, I can't do joinery but I can recognise bad workmanship, I can't direct a movie but I know when I'm watching a turkey. Get the idea?


i get that you can't do much.
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Posted: 13 months ago

how is it usefull that i have to, while running around, carry a big smartphone in my pocket? Have you ever ran with an iphone or any other phone around? It's annoying and uncomfortable.


Plenty useful. Many people ride/run with their phone. Just because you find it uncomfortable, doesn't mean everybody, or even most, people will as well. I don't have a use for this function myself, but I can clearly see how lots of people will find it useful.
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Posted: 13 months ago

so you still need your iphone with you when you go running? Oh yes that watch is so useful.



Boy, what an apt screen name. Yes, you still need your phone with you. The one you would likely carry with you, anyway. The one that most people have within three feet of them anytime they're awake, and usually asleep also. The phone that has your email, SMS/iMessages, GPS, music, etc. on it.

The usefulness comes when you don't have to pull the phone out of your pocket to start and stop the workout. And when you can just put the phone in your backpack while riding and glance at the watch to see your distance, etc.

What a visionary you are... :rolleyes:

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Where has this stupid idea come from over the last few years that you can't criticise something unless you've done better yourself? I can't play football but I can recognise bad play, I can't do joinery but I can recognise bad workmanship, I can't direct a movie but I know when I'm watching a turkey. Get the idea?



Except in this case, where the critique was just ignorantly asinine...
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Posted: 13 months ago

Where has this stupid idea come from over the last few years that you can't criticise something unless you've done better yourself? I can't play football but I can recognise bad play, I can't do joinery but I can recognise bad workmanship, I can't direct a movie but I know when I'm watching a turkey. Get the idea?


I think the sheer number of backers/amount of money the pebble raised on kickstarter kind of voids your argument. The pebble is a desirable product, numbers don't lie. The ability to see your data while running/cycling without holding your phone in your hand is in fact a convenience. And the ability to start/stop from the watch is a pretty big deal. Anyone who runs or cycles would likely agree. I get what you're trying to say here, but I am not recognizing what the "bad play" is.

Side note- There is so much hate for the smart watch. It's been a long time coming, and it's here now. It's only going to improve. Get used to it. If you don't like it, don't buy it. I am biased since I'm kind of a watch nut to begin with- but I don't understand everyone flaming pebble and anyone else who is rumored to be making a smart watch. I'll never buy a ferrari, but I don't hate ferrari for doing what they do. I'll never buy a Mac Pro, but I like apple computers. Just because a companies product isn't tailored to your individual needs it doesn't mean it's not useful to someone else.
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Posted: 13 months ago
so you still need your iphone with you when you go running? Oh yes that watch is so useful.
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Posted: 13 months ago

Can someone just confirm something for me. Is this literally just showing the runkeeper data on the watch? I.E is it only a convenience and no real extra functionality gained on your run other than not having to look at your iPhone screen?


If you took the time to actually read the post, right now that is all you can do. There are enhancements planned in the future. Obviously you don't run with a phone app going or you would realize what a huge PITA it is to try to see where you're at. Knowing pace, distance covered and time elapsed is a great start. Pebble development has been very deliberate for a reason. It's the same reason the iPhone had no app store in the first year. Do a few core things, do them well, don't do more unless you can still hit that high bar standard.
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