(We put “crowdfunding” in quotes this time because the company’s really using Kickstarter as a distribution channel, not the actual “put-it-out-there-and-see-what-happens” crowdsourcing concept. What — people weren’t going to buy this? They’re already in production.)
The Pebble Time Steel is to the original Pebble Steel what the Pebble Time is the original Pebble: color e-paper screen, and with a new timestream-based interface. Pebble has also added the idea of a “smartband” — a connected watchband where third-parties can design heretofore under-imagined hardware add-ons. Think more memory, or an NFC chip, or GPS.
Backers of the Pebble Time can move their money to get a Pebble Time Steel if they pony up the extra money. The Pebble Time’s cheapest tier for the earliest buyers was $149; they’re still available for $179; it’s down for a May deliver. The Time Steel starts at $250 and is slated for July delivery.