Pebble Core: The Computer On A Keychain


Pebble has had lots of success with their line of smartwatches. Along with their new Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, Pebble has broken free of their ties from smartwatches to make their first non-smartwatch device. Although what it exactly does needs a bit of explanation.

The Pebble Core is a device aimed for the runner missing their old iPod shuffle and for the Android hacker waiting to tinker with a new device. Firstly, let’s focus on the Core’s runner specified features.

Pebble Core

The Core can be clipped on to almost anything through the use of its magnetic strap, taking the hassle away from placing trackers on uncomfortable places. It is very compact and lightweight, very reminiscent of the iPod shuffle.

Inside, you may stream through your Spotify playlists, and it can sync to most fitness tracker apps to show your exercising data. There’s also GPS built-in to track where you’ve been and how far you’ve traveled. Along with GPS, there’s also 3G, Bluetooth, and Wifi to cover all your connectivity needs. If you also have a Pebble Watch with you, the Core can easily sync with it to have both devices sharing data.

In the case of emergencies, the Pebble Core can also send SOS messages with your current location. The Core also has the option of either a wired or Bluetooth earphones for your Spotify music and for microphone use, since it doesn’t have a mic built-in.

All of this will be managed by just 2 buttons at the front of the Pebble Core, that’s quite an interesting interface.

Pebble Core

The Pebble Core is stated to last for 9 hours with continuous GPS tracking and music playback. You can also charge it using the traditional USB Charging Cable or a Qi wireless charger.

For the Hacker, another new thing about Pebble is that it’s using Android OS, open for whatever you want the Pebble Core to do.

The Pebble offers a hardware expansion port, SDK access, and 2 programmable buttons which already opens up tons of things it can do. With full connectivity needs, there are limitless ways to take advantage of this little Android computer.

The Pebble Core is currently up on Kickstarter for $79 ($69 option already gone) and has an option to have a wireless charging pad for an extra $20. Pebble is planning to have the Core priced at $99 once it goes on retail, so hurry up now to avail of the discounted price!


  1. They have dropped the Qi charging feature – after the campaign closed. Now, after you have paid for the Core, you can add the wireless receiver for an extra $20, and that does not include a charging pad.