Pebble today announced new software updates for its line of Pebble smart watches, bringing the timeline feature to Pebble Classic and Steel and introducing a new Pebble Health feature for the Pebble Time lineup.
According to Pebble, Pebble Health was created through a collaboration with researchers at Stanford University. Pebble Health is able to track daily activity and automatically detect sleep phases, displaying stats and insights right on the wrist. Pebble Health brings the Pebble Time in line with the Apple Watch and other activity trackers with a first-party solution that eliminates the need for third-party fitness tracking apps on the device.
Since you are your best motivator, Pebble Health focuses on personal success. Instead of striving for an arbitrary step count, your daily progress is measured against your own personal average. At night, Pebble Health tracks how long and well you sleep, helping you make better sleep decisions. Weekly graphs of both step and sleep stats make it easy to see trends over time.
Pebble Health is compatible with Apple HealthKit and in the future, Pebble plans to launch a Pebble Health API that will allow developers to build apps and watchfaces around the new feature.
Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round owners will get access to Pebble Health after updating the Pebble smartphone app and the watch to the latest version of the software. Pebble Health is not available on earlier Pebble watches.
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I wanted so much to like the apple watch, but it still falls short in some critical areas for me. Coincidentally, the pebble shines in those same areas:
* swimming - very useful for swimmers that don't already have a swim watch. There's a pretty good app (swim.com) which runs on the pebble and tracks swim metrics which syncs to your swim.com account. A side note - I tried the basis peak for awhile and one interesting thing I noticed was that swimming really messed with the touch screen. I had a stopwatch running and while I was swimming it must have registered water as taps cause after a few laps, it had lapped 8x and exited the stop watch.
* battery - regularly get 3-4 days of battery per charge and it recharges within a few hours.
* sleep tracking - related to #2, because of the good battery life, I can wear it to sleep and it tracks my sleep (I use the misfit app, but the pebble health app just came out so I'm going to give that a shot)
There are other things that I find it handy for - these are things that the apple watch probably does as well.
* notifications - calls, emails, texts, app notifications, etc. I like that I can decline calls from the pebble.
* music - I can control any music app via the pebble. handy when I'm listening via earphones and washing dishes and can't get my phone to skip a song or change the volume.
* watchfaces - I currently use a watchface where I get the date, sunset/sunrise, battery life, and weather along with the time.
* alarms - easy to set reminders to move car or do something in 1 hr or x time.
* voice notes - when I'm in the shower and remember something I can make a voice note
* swarm - i have one of the shortcuts set to swarm. easy/quick check ins without getting my phone out.
There are number of other things that the apple watch does (heart rate, photos, local music, etc.) but I honest don't feel like I'm missing out because I don't think I'd use them very much.
Don't know if it's a killer feature, but it's pretty useful to me.
BTW, I was initially confused because the app I had didn't have the update. Turns out you have to download the Pebble Time app to upgrade.
For most people, sinking $350 into a niche product that's difficult to justify is simply out of the question. A $100 or $150 Pebble? That's a different conversation.