Pebble Core–A Pocket-Sized Running Computer

Pebble Core

Leave your bulky phone at home on your next run but still be able to listen to music and track your workout with the new Pebble Core. A tiny running computer that fits in your pocket or clips to your collar, the Core frees you from armbands, bouncing pockets, or worse yet, holding your phone as you run while still keeping you fully connected.

The Pebble Core is a tiny 3G-, Bluetooth-, and WiFi-enabled wearable that streams music from Spotify, tracks your pace, distance, and location with GPS, and can send an emergency SOS if needed. The device provides real-time stats via audio cues while you are running and syncs with Runkeeper, Strava, and other fitness apps over WiFi when you get back. If you don’t want to listen to Spotify, you can also use Core’s 4GB of built-in storage to access your favorite playlists, podcasts, and audiobooks.

During a run, hike, or ride, I often come up with ideas or construct an article in my head. I invariably forget most of it by the time I get home. To keep track of your moments of brilliance, Core lets you take voice notes mid-run so you don’t have to try to remember anything.

To get the 3G cellular connection working, Core accepts a micro-SIM card and works with most pay-as-you-go and existing cellular plans. Core also works without a SIM card or cellular plan, using WiFi to sync offline music and workouts.

Core may be tiny, but it will still give you up to 9 hours of location tracking and offline music on a single charge. The Pebble Core comes with a USB charging cable included, and you can add on an optional wireless charging pad for just $20.

The Pebble Core will eventually retail for $99 but you can pre-order it now for just $69 over on Kickstarter in addition to some new Pebble watches. Expected delivery in January 2017.

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