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经典百搭款智能手表即将上市

JP Mangalindan 2014年01月08日

获得在线募资网站Kickstarter支持的新创企业Pebble日前推出了新品,相比第一代产品的塑料大块头和运动休闲风格,新产品更加经典,也更有质感,适合在各类场合佩戴。

    Pebble Steel比Pebble此前推出的智能手表更美观,而且有 “拉丝不锈钢”(图中所示)和“亚光黑”两种款式可选。图片提供:Pebble

    Pebble智能手表于2013年1月开始发货,与此同时,这家公司的首席执行官埃里克•米基卡夫斯基及其团队已经开始思索下一个大项目。一代Pebble是一款不错的设备,但它的设计充满了休闲运动感,而许多买家希望看到更百搭的设计。

    “有些买家希望看到另一种风格的Pebble产品,更类似经典腕表的造型,”在位于加州帕洛阿尔托的Pebble总部,米基卡夫斯基坐在会议室的沙发上这样告诉我们。我们与米基卡夫斯基碰面时,他正准备飞往拉斯维加斯参加上周末举行的国际消费电子展。米基卡夫斯基将在拉斯维加斯与潘多拉(Pandora)、ESPN以及梅赛德斯-奔驰(Mercedes-Benz)等新的合作伙伴会面。这些公司开发的Pebble应用将于一月底面世。

    米基卡夫斯基边说边打开一个有衬垫的黑色小手提箱,从里面取出Pebble Steel。这个产品将于本周在Pebble的官网上销售,并于本月晚些时候发货,售价249美元。较之一代Pebble,Pebble Steel更精致,也更百搭。

    就技术层面而言,Pebble Steel与一代Pebble可谓大同小异,同样采用1.26英寸防水节电电子墨水屏幕,电池续航时间也同样是五到七天。然而,两代产品的外观截然不同。Pebble Steel的大猩猩轻薄防刮玻璃和不锈钢表盘更小巧美观,而且有拉丝不锈钢和亚光黑两种颜色可选。每种颜色的手表都附带有钢链和黑色皮质表带两种选择。Steel采用更高档的材质制造,因而比塑料制造的大块头一代Pebble更有质感。

    Just around the time the Pebble smartwatch started shipping in January 2013, CEO Eric Migicovsky and the rest of his team began thinking about their next big project. The Pebble was a good first device, but its casual sporty design left more than a few shoppers seeking a more versatile look.

    "Some wanted it to be in a slightly different aesthetic package -- a little more akin to a classical watch," explains Migicovsky on the couch of a conference room in Pebble's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters. When we met, he was prepping to fly out to Las Vegas for CES this past weekend, where he'll meet with new partners like Pandora (P), ESPN, and Mercedes-Benz, all of which are developing Pebble apps that will launch at the end of January.

    That's when Migicovsky pries opens a small, padded black suitcase and takes out Pebble Steel. Available for sale this week on the company's site and shipping later this month for $249, think of it as a more refined, more versatile edition of the original watch.

    The technology inside remains largely the same – the same waterproof 1.26-inch power-sipping screen e-ink display, the same five- to seven-day battery life -- but everything on the outside is starkly different. The gorilla glass and stainless steel watch face is trimmer and smaller, with two distinct flavors -- "brushed stainless" and "black matte" -- each of which come with two bands: steel linked and black leather. The upgrade to better materials lends Steel a solid heft that just wasn't present in its chunkier, plastic predecessor.

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