It didn’t take long for the Pebble Time to rocket to the top of the Kickstarter charts, and after just a week since it was first announced, the wearable has already become the most successful Kickstarter product ever.
Not only does the device’s success demonstrate the power of crowd-funding, but it also highlights just how unbelievably popular the wearable has become. Pebble paved the way as the first successful mainstream smartwatch all the way back in 2012, culminating in today’s introduction of the Pebble Time Steel, a more premium version of what we saw announced at the end of last month.
As of this writing, the Pebble Time has garnered $13,630,628, and that figure is climbing rapidly. Kickstarter was actually down earlier this morning, so there was a period when people couldn’t even pledge; it’s back, however, and there are still 24 days to go until funding closes on Friday, March 27. There are almost 58,000 backers right now, though that number will likely change in a significant way by the end of this month.
You can see some of the other successful products that have gone through the Kickstarter halls. The original Pebble is still at the number three spot, while COOLEST COOLER is sitting in the number two spot. It’s quite incredible what Kickstarter can do; Pebble has already proved it’s capable of bringing backers a working product—something not all Kickstarter campaigns do—and it shows just how badly people are yearning for smart wearables.
Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support.
“We have so much gratitude for our community and the herculean support they’ve shown us—from the first Pebble Kickstarter campaign to today,” Migicovsky said. “We’re inspired by the backers who believe in us, and our goal is to continue making them happy with amazing smartwatches that simplify our daily life and help us accomplish more.”