Issuing its 10th update on the project this afternoon, Pebble Technology (Allerta) has announced that it will be limiting the number of Pebble watches it will allow users to pre-order during its Kickstarter campaign to just 85,000 watches.
As of writing, the firm – (who originally projected pre-order sales of just $100,000) – claims that backers of the project have (thus far) claimed an allocation of around 75,000 watches — meaning there’s just 10,000 (or so) left up for grabs!
Alongside this limitation, the company also announced an upgrade to the previous Bluetooth 2.1 chip which was set to come as standard inside each unit, announcing that all Pebbles will now come complete with Bluetooth 4.0, too.
A monumental request amongst the Pebble community over the past several weeks, the firm wrote:
You’ve written comments, sent us email, tweeted @pebblewatch and posted on facebook.com/getpebble. I want to thank you for this. Today, we’d like to announce that your enthusiasm has helped convince us to move the entire Pebble roadmap forward and bring you a brand new feature.
All Pebble watches will support Bluetooth 2.1 (as before) as well as Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
Already 9,103% funded, Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign is set to end on Friday May 18, 11:00pm EDT. So, if you’re looking to get your hands on what is most likely pegged to be the best gadget of 2012, we suggest you get over to Kickstarter, pronto!
TheVerge notes that – although Pebble will include Bluetooth 4.0 – it “probably” won’t be enabled out-of-the-box. Instead, Pebble notes the feature will likely be activated via a future software update.
Bluetooth 4.0 will get turned on via a software update that’ll come later. Pebble’s also noting that even though Bluetooth 4.0 has “low energy” features, it likely won’t affect the performance of the watch.