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The Pebble smartwatch re-appears on the FCC in new colors

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The Pebble first appeared on the FCC back in December 2012.  Today, the device made a second appearance, this time in a wide range of colors.  Label location pictures of the watch show green, red, orange, while and blue colors.  It does not appear that there are any other differences between the new and older versions of the watch.

You can check out Pebble’s FCC filing here.

The Pebble Watch wins FCC approval, gets torn down, shipping soon?

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Better late than never?  Today, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble watch made an appearance on the FCC – a good sign that the device is close to launching.  The Pebble has faced several delays since the device completed its Kickstarter funding in May 2012.  The Pebble was originally scheduled to launch in September, but earlier this month Pebble Technology, the maker of the Pebble, announced that the device will not ship until 2013.

FCC filings from Pebble include a host of internal and external photos, as well as a partial manual for the device.  According to the manual, the Pebble with feature a 32-bit Cortex-M3 CPU from ST Microelectronics, a 1.26” TLT LCD display from SHARP, and a Panasonic Bluetooth processor.

Check out Pebble’s FCC filings here.

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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