Pebble was one of the first companies in the smartwatch space, and even though it’s been years since a new Pebble device was released, aging Pebble smartwatches have a loyal following. And that’s led to some interesting developments, including the formation of a Rebble Alliance that built a cloud service that would allow old Pebble watches to keep working after the Pebble servers went offline.

Now Rebble is taking some of the money it’s raised and launching a grant program to encourage development of new apps and features for Pebble devices, such as a new smartphone app, new firmware, or new watch faces or apps, among other things.

It’s just one of the latest examples of independent developers breathing new life into old gadgets. Another recent (and kind of weird) example? A team of developers have created a custom ROM that brings Android 7 to a kid’s tablet that shipped with Android 4.4 in 2015.

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2 replies on “Lilbits: Giving old gadgets new life”

  1. Interesting timing. Following a Samsung Gear software update last week, my phone lost connection to my watch and will not reconnect, so I broke out a Pebble Steel last night. The battery still seems to be working fine, and Rebble recognized who I was and imported all of my watch faces, apps and settings onto my new phone automatically. Pebble Steel has already lived 3 times as long as a Moto 360 Sport did and is still going strong.

  2. The Epic was indeed a bit of an odd choice to port Lineage on, but when you consider how they’re easily outgrown and discarded by the intended audience, it makes sense to repurpose them instead of throwing these in the eWaste bin.

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