Pebble Core is Pebble’s first non-smartwatch wearable

Pebble CoreAlong with the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, Pebble today unveiled the Pebble Core, a small 3G and GPS-enabled square-shaped device that is ideal for runners. It is also the company’s first foray into the world of wearables other than smartwatches.

We all love our phones. But when you’re out for a run, strapping a big phone to your arm isn’t much fun. We built Core for a better running experience, to give you the benefits of your phone with none of the inconvenience.

Core is a lightweight, cellular-connected clip that replaces your phone entirely. It streams music, tracks your pace, distance, and location with GPS, and can send an emergency SOS if needed.

While you’re out running or exercising, the Pebble Core will keep track of your position thanks to its built-in GPS sensor and provide real-time updates via audio cues about your fitness stats. These will then be synced back to your choice of a number of fitness apps over Wi-Fi when you’re done. Supported apps include Runkeeper, Strava, Under Armour Record, MapMyRun, and Google Fit with more coming.

Pebble Core

Thank to its 3G connectivity (via micro-SIM), you can stream music directly from services such as Spotify. Alternatively, you can preload music, podcasts and audiobooks using the 4GB of onboard storage the Core comes with. Its two buttons can also be reprogrammed to perform a range of functions. For example, you could use it to control the smart lights in your house.

The Pebble Core will also sync with your Pebble smartwatch and send an emergency SOS with your location should it be needed. The battery offers up to 9 hours of operation with location tracking enabled. It can be recharged via a USB charging cable or wirelessly with an optional charging pad.

Not only is the Core Pebble’s first non-smartwatch wearable but it is also the first not to run on Pebble’s own operating system. It runs instead on Android 5.0.

 The Pebble Core sells for US$69 (about CA$85) during the Kickstarter campaign. The optional charging pad costs an additional US$20 (about CA$27). Shipments are expected to begin in January 2017.

Source : Kickstarter