Finally, Pebble watches can be regular fitness trackers. And older Pebbles can get some of the benefits of newer ones.
Pebble’s smartwatches have always traded off having more advanced features in exchange for longer battery life and an always-on screen. One feature that never really made the cut was fitness tracking: Pebbles track activity in the background and work with a handful of standalone fitness apps from Misfit, Jawbone and others. But now newerwatches can automatically track fitness and sleep all the time, no apps necessary.
The latest Pebble Time firmware hitting today, version 3.8, at last bakes fitness tracking in to the operating system. Daily steps and sleep are recorded automatically, and goals can be set based on average performance. Weekly summaries can be peeked at, too, much like what you can get on other smartwatch fitness apps or fitness bands.
What’s more interesting is Pebble’s promise of deeper insights and features down the road, including cross-posting of activity to the Pebble Timeline day-at-a-glance function of the Time software. This could mean observations on how well you sleep correlates to how busy a day was, or suggesting times to exercise based on calendar appointments. Pebble has also announced it’s collaborating with the Stanford Wearable Health Lab to work on more open standards for collecting and sharing health data for research using Pebble Time watches.