How Pebble smartwatches are getting a second life

Pebble Time

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

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

The first Pebble seemed ahead of its time

But once the Apple Watch entered the market in 2015, it was game over for Pebble. The company was acquired by Fitbit in late…

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