The MetaWatch STRATA hits the FCC, while the Pebble remains MIA

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The MetaWatch STRATA is the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch that you’ve probably never heard of.  Funding for the MetaWatch STRATA ended on August 20, 2012 at $309,436 – a pittance compared to the $10 million plus that the competing Pebble smartwatch generated on Kickstarter.

But today the MetaWatch STRATA won FCC approval, a key milestone that will enable the STRATA to be sold in the US.  The Pebble, on the other hand, doesn’t have a release date in sight and has suffered from numerous delays despite completing its Kickstarter funding in May 2012.

Like the Pebble, the MetaWatch STRATA connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and provides a host of data, including call and text notifications, calendar alerts, weather information and stock ticker data.  The STRATA also enables users to control music playback, including volume, play/pause and next track functions.  Down the road, the STRATA Widget SDK will allow developers to create custom apps for the device, as well.

The Pebble does offer an incredible-looking 144×168 e-paper display that appears to easily trump the STRATA’s 96×96 LCD display.  Additionally, the press surrounding the Pebble will likely provide the device with a richer community of developers.  Still, the STRATA’s FCC approval raises the device beyond vaporware status – just in time for the holidays.  We can’t say that about the Pebble, which, despite receiving nearly more than $10 million in funding than the STRATA, does not yet have a release date and, by our accounts, has not yet received FCC approval.

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