The Pebble e-paper watch still has 16 days of funding left to go, but today the team already announced its first partnership with run tracking software startup Run Keeper. Because between cycle tracking, running and golf range tracking, you can never have enough self-quantifying apps, right?
“We know that many of you are always looking for ways to make your fitness tracking easier, and with Pebble integration, you won’t ever have to pull the phone out of your pocket or armband – you can just see and do everything you need right from your watch,” wrote the Run Keeper team.
Since we noted a few weeks ago that Pebble is Kickstarter’s most funded project ever at $4.6 million, it has almost doubled its funding, quickly creeping towards the $8 million mark. Apparently 53,267 people really want some nerdy wrist candy.
Integrating with Run Keeper is definitely mutually beneficial, but considering many overfunded Kickstarter projects’ issues with living up to their promises, we’re skeptical that the Pebble will be able to churn out $8 million in watches without some sort of snag. We wouldn’t be surprised if backers didn’t receive their watches until 2014. How fast can 53,267 hardware devices really be built, anyway?
We don’t mean to hate on a cool idea just for hating’s sake, but people should probably wait and see how the project turns out before they keep calling Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky “the next Steve Jobs.”