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Pebble launch date to be moved

The smart watch, Pebble, is not coming out in September, as the creators hoped. The device is so popular that the creators were not able to manufacture enough to meet the high demand.

The production of Pebble is funded through Kickstarter – a website where consumers can invest in projects they find interesting. So far, the watch is the most popular project on the site. When it started, only about 1,000 units were expected to be delivered. Now, there are around 85,000 preordered watches.

Nevertheless, Pebble creator Eric Migicovsky appeals to the public to wait. “We adhere to a fairly aggressive schedule that we have set up in May,” he writes in an update for Pebble buyers.

The design for the watch is finished already and the producer is now testing the individual components.

Pebble can be connected to smartphones via bluetooth. This will allow users to access SMS and emails, aside from other features.

More than $200M invested in Kickstarter

Financing website, Kickstarter, delivered more than $219 million worth of projects from participating entrepreneurs and artists since the establishment of the service, according to the statistics the company published on Friday.

Through Kickstarter, people with an idea for an art project or product get donations from interested sponsors. In return, the ‘investors’ get something back, often a copy of the created work.

According to the statistics released, 25,020 projects were successfully funded. Just over half of the projects are not successful. Music Projects – such as financing shots – received the most hits. In total, 7,388 music-Kickstarters were fully financed. Relatively speaking, however, the dance-Kickstarters are the most successful, since 69% of these projects achieve their goal.

There have been 7 projects involving more than $1 million. Film & Video is the category where the most money is raised, with investments reaching $58.91 million.