A few weeks ago, the team behind the Pebble E-Paper Smart Watch — you know the ones — said that they wouldn’t be shipping the record-breaking smart watch in September like they had promised at the start of the project, and to be honest, Eric and the Pebble team were pretty abrupt about it. Now the team has apologised and come clean about what’s taking so long.
In the 18th update since the project reached record funding levels on Kickstarter, the Pebble team apologised for being short with all their backers and explained that the real reason for the delay is the sheer number of Pebble watches that have to be made.
Eric of Pebble explains:
Planning and scheduling a major manufacturing project is complex. We’re working hard to complete the interconnected tasks that make up the production process. For me and the hardware engineers on the project, a large percentage of our time is spent exchanging complex spreadsheets filled with components specs by email, Skyping about the dimensions of minute hardware requirements and IMing our manufacturing team and factory. Not super exciting. That’s why we’ve decided to share the more interesting stuff (photos, video and more!) in updates.
Our goal is to provide you with accurate information and interesting examples of our progress via these updates. We’re working quickly, but we don’t want to compromise on quality. While we won’t be posting a shipping date until we’re extremely certain that we’ll be able to meet it, our feeling is that by monitoring our progress by the updates you’ll have an excellent feel for how the project is going. When we do share the ship date, it won’t be too surprising because you’ll have seen the project come together in these updates.
Just last night I was getting excited that my Pebble would arrive in a little over a month, but it looks like I’ll have to wait even longer. Sigh.