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Statistics and Forecasts

Connected wearable shipments set to reach 262 million by 2021 (Wareable)

Worldwide market for AR and VR headsets grew 25.5% YoY in Q2 2017 as shipments reached 2.1 million (IDC)

Samsung, Sony, and Facebook accounted for more than 60% of global VR and AR headset shipments in the second quarter of 2017 (Statista)


Device Announcements

Pebble creator made an iPhone case that can store and charge AirPods (The Verge)

The Michael Kors Access Grayson and Sofie Android Wear now on sale (9to5 Google)

Pimax teases ‘Next Generation’ accessories for its 8k VR headset (Road to VR)


Funding & M&A

Virtual science lab startup raises $10 million (TechCrunch)

Fast Travel Games raises $2.1 million (Games Industry Biz)


Major milestones

Vuzix wins bid to roll out smartglasses solution for vets to help them regain sight (Reuters)

Samsung confirms Daydream support for Note 8 (9to5 Google)

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch will help diabetics track glucose levels (Engadget)

SATS & Changi Airports roll out smartglasses solution (Mashable)

Atom Visualizer is the first app developed using Google’s ARCore (MobileSyrup)

Scope AR to Support Apple’s ARKit (Markets Insider)

Magic Leap is experimenting with light-bending nanomaterials (Engadget)

Makers of the Nex Band launch wearable visual novel, The Mighty Maru (MobileSyrup)


Rumours

Google is reportedly ready to buy smartphone maker HTC (CNBC)

LTE Apple Watch uses same phone number as iPhone, some carriers to offer free/cheaper trial plans (9to5 Mac)

Firmware points to new Apple Watch case finishes: ‘Blush Gold’ aluminium and ‘Gray’ ceramic (9to5 Mac)

Leaked iPhone 8 firmware reveals animated emoji, Face ID, and updated AirPods (The Verge)


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Tom Emrich

Tom Emrich

Sometimes called the “man from the future” Tom Emrich is a leading voice in wearable technology as an investor, community builder and influencer. His passion for this space is driven by his belief that wearable tech plays a critical role in our human evolution.