Over the past four years my trusty Pebble smartwatch stood by me, through good days and bad, through all the bumps and bruises or swims in the ocean & pool. My original Pebble was replaced by a Pebble Time, which in turn was swapped out for a Pebble Time Steel. With the exception of charging for a few hours a week, my watch(es) never left my wrist for any substantial time over those four years — until now.
In a surprise announcement — and after a very successful Kickstarter campaign for their next-generation watch — Pebble dropped the news that they were being acquired by the activity-tracking giant, Fitbit. It was big news for some, bigger for many, near devastation for Pebble fans like myself. Now, the future of Pebble is mostly unknown, but we do know that there won’t be any future hardware updates, and that the mobile apps will die an uncertain death in the near future.
So where does that leave the die-hards? Turning to other platforms or new technology, that’s where.
For me, it’s off to Android Wear, Google’s Android-powered wearable OS. For others, who knows. Maybe back to their roots and simple digital or mechanical watches. But that leaves me wondering a bigger question — what happens when your favorite tech dies?
It’s a “sad but true” reality for much of the technology we love and rely on today. Sure, things like wearables and smartwatches are a niche product, but they are the prime example of moving on when tech expires. You can even look back to things like word processors, film cameras or heck, even landline telephones.
It’s the obvious progression of technology that makes some things obsolete. We progress, we move on, that’s just how it goes. In most cases, the technology we use gets improved upon and we improve along with it — landlines to cell phones, CRT televisions to LCD, wired audio to Bluetooth — but there are certain pieces of tech that will also just go away after their lifespan expires. Things like dedicated MP3 players, cassette tapes, pagers or even the typewriter. It’s the circle of life in the tech world.
So, what do you do when your beloved tech reaches it's end-of-life? Do you replace it with something similar? Hang on as long as you can? Move on and try something new? Drop a comment and let us know!