I just can't resist a gadget and here's one that I'm looking forward to getting when they ship in September 2012. [*Update It's now April 2013, and I've just received my shipping notification!]

In their own words:- Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It's infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life

I found out about this through the great Kickstarter initiative. Kickstarter is a great example of crowdsourcing finance for projects that might not otherwise get funding from venture capitalists, and really depends on a project being "cool" enough for the public at large to fund it personally. As far as I can see you never become an equity owner of a business by contributing, but usually you can become one of the first to own a cool new product.

I'm not sure is it even right for me as a 40+ bloke to be referring to anything as cool, given the fact that I never was and never will be "cool"!!!; but the pebble is just plain cool and I have funded mine through Kickstarter!

But here's a teaser of the pebble:-

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