While those who man­aged to snip off Peb­ble watch­es shine with hap­pi­ness, and those who didn’t man­age to bite their elbows, sim­i­lar solu­tions have already begun to appear on the mar­ket … Sim­i­lar whether?

Project MetaWatch valid since Sep­tem­ber last year. Ini­tial­ly, the devel­op­ers had a Blue­tooth watch that was com­pat­i­ble only with Android OS and equipped with the most com­mon Blue­tooth 2.1 mod­ule. Today the team announced a new mod­el, already with Blue­tooth 4.0 and iOS sup­port.

The advan­tages of the fourth Blue­tooth are, first of all, low pow­er con­sump­tion, which made it pos­si­ble to equip the watch with an LCD matrix with a res­o­lu­tion of 96x96 pix­els — against the 144x168 e‑ink dis­play in Peb­ble. As for the body mate­ri­als, MetaWatch is sim­i­lar to the iPhone: glass on the front, stain­less steel on the sides, while Peb­ble is made of ordi­nary plas­tic. Sen­sors? The same as in Peb­ble, plus a light sen­sor and two more pro­gram­ma­ble but­tons.

How­ev­er, these two devices can­not be direct­ly com­pared. You see, MetaWatch is not so much a con­sumer prod­uct as it is a plat­form for third-par­ty devel­op­ment. A cer­tain com­pa­ny buys a watch ($199 per copy) and devel­ops its own soft­ware for it (the SDK is includ­ed in the price), after which it uses it as it pleas­es. Maybe she decides to sell them to you, or maybe she uses them for inter­nal pur­pos­es — no one knows! All hope is on the MetaWatch team itself, but it seems to be com­plete­ly unin­ter­est­ed in enter­ing the con­sumer mar­ket.

How­ev­er, poten­tial com­peti­tors still have plen­ty of time. The first copies of Peb­ble, we recall, will find their own­ers at the begin­ning of the autumn sea­son. [giz­mo­do]