The Pebble smartwatch, which enjoyed one of the most successful Kickstarter drives in history, is finally set to reach consumers.
Way back in April of last year, a Californian named Eric Migicovsky launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble "smartwatch" – a Bluetooth-enabled, iOS- and Android-compatible fashion accessory. Pledges of $125 got a Pebble watch; pledges of $550 got five of the things. The fundraising goal was $100K. Migicovsky ended up with $10,267,000 – enough to make it one of the most successful Kickstarter drives in history.
But Pebble hit persistent delays, and didn't make its initial ship date – a hiccup the Pebble team blamed on the overwhelming demand.