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How Pebble smartwatches get a second life

The crowdfunded Pebble smartwatch officially died last June, but a group of dedicated Pebble fans give Pebbles a second life, as detailed in this great article on iFixit that you should read.

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The Pebble launched a record-breaking Kickstarter in 2012 because it looked like it could be the first good smartwatch. Part of the appeal was that it seemed ahead of its time – it could do things like show your notifications and help you control your phone's music, which would become table bets for smartwatches made by other companies in the coming years.

But when the Apple Watch came on the market in 2015, the game was over for Pebble. The company was taken over by Fitbit at the end of 2016 and finally Fitbit announced that it would close Pebble's web services, including an app store, spoken dictation, weather and more.

The iFixit story tells how the & # 39; Rebble Alliance & # 39 ;, a group of dedicated Pebble fans, developers, and former employees, worked together to document and save as much as possible about Pebble so they could rebuild what would otherwise be lost to go.

As the story explains, the Rebble Alliance has been incredibly successful. Among other things that are emphasized in the story, there is now one GitHub that stores an incredible amount of technical information about the Pebble, web services (some with paying subscribers!), many of which have been replaced by what was closed by Fitbit, and even aspirations of reverse engineering from Pebble & # 39; s firmware to build ever-made, Pebble-like smartwatches.

It's a great story – and you should do that too go read it on iFixit.