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.
Garmin unveiled its latest GPS watch today, the Forerunner 910XT, and shortly later the device made its way through the FCC. The 910XT is a GPS-enabled watch that offers a host of training features. The device can monitor distance, speed, elevation, heart rate and more, and can upload this data for analysis on a PC or Mac. The 910XT also supports ANT+ accessories, so you can use the watch with other workout monitoring devices.
FCC documents for the 910XT show the watch getting torn down, below. It’s quite amazing to see what Garmin fit into such a small package.
The 910XT will cost $450, and is expected to ship in 5 to 8 weeks.
Casio’s Bluetooth 4.0 G-Shock watch hits the FCC, will be solar powered according to teardown photos
At CES this year Casio announced plans to release a watch with Bluetooth connectivity, and today the company passed a Bluetooth watch called the GB-6900 through the FCC. The device features power-sipping Bluetooth 4.0 that, according to Casio, will last up to two years on a single battery assuming that Bluetooth communications are used for 12 hours per day. FCC filings also show that the device will feature Casio’s Touch Solar technology that will recharge the watch when it is exposed to sun or artificial light.
So what will the GB-6900 do with its Bluetooth chops? Casio’s prototype version of the device featured incoming call and email alerts, a finder function and wireless time synchronization via Bluetooth. Casio is also working with third parties to develop sports, heath, home entertainment and communications applications for the device. However, Casio has not yet announced what phones and/or mobile OSes will be compatible with the device.
So will Bluetooth finally be making its way to our wrists? The GB-6900 certainly seems like a capable device, and it seems like Casio has solved many of the power consumption issues that can make Bluetooth impractical on watches. It will also be interesting to see the partnerships that Casio lines up for the GB-6900 – it would be great to see a Casio app for iOS and Android devices.
Check out the full gallery of GB-6900 external and internal photos, below.
Garmin’s Forerunner 610 GPS watch made its way through the FCC today. The device uses GPS and an integrated heartbeat monitor to record every aspect of your run, including pace, distance, heart rate and calories burned. Once your workout is finished, the Forerunner 610 can upload your info to Garmin’s Connect website for further analysis and training program optimization.
Today’s FCC filing shows off the Forerunner 610’s amazingly slim design, especially impressive considering the watch features a 1-inch touch screen display, a heartbeat sensor and enough memory to track 1000 laps and 100 waypoints. The device also features a rechargeable battery that will last up to eight hours in training mode. Take a look at the internal photo of the Forerunner 610 below to see Garmin’s impressive craftsmanship with the 2.5 ounce watch.
The Forerunner 610 retails for $350, and is expected to ship in Q2 of 2011. Today’s FCC filing suggests that the device will be released right on schedule.