W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Apple Watch resurgent

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Welcome to The Wearable Weekly, your trusted guide to all things wearable tech. If you only have time to read one thing about wearables this week, this is it.

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Statistics and Forecasts

Apple Watch sales up over 50% since last year (TechCrunch)

Worldwide AR/VR market will grow from $11B today to $215B by 2021, predicts IDC (9to5 Mac)

Xiaomi is world’s top wearable maker for first time as Fitbit sales slide (TechCrunch)

Fitbit shares rocket 15% as analysts bet on smartwatch launch (MarketWatch)

Apple Watch Has Now Surpassed Estimated 30 Million Shipments Since Launching in 2015 (MacRumors)

Zebra 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study finds 50% of participating manufacturers expect to adopt wearable technology by 202 (Manufacturing.net)

DHL use of Vuzix smartglasses resulted in 15% productivity improvements on average (PRNewswire)

A smart torque wrench and Google Glass improve GE Aviation mechanics’ efficiency by 8-12% (TechRepublic)


Device Announcements

HP debuts Z VR backpack aimed at the enterprise (Engadget)

Neurable unveils world’s first brain-controlled VR experience (IEEE Spectrum)

Merge Cube augmented reality toy debuts at Walmart (VentureBeat)

Microsoft starts selling developer ‘mixed reality’ headsets online (TechCrunch)

Google’s second AR phone, the Asus ZenFone AR, is finally official (Ars Techinca)


Funding & M&A

Greycroft’s Jon Goldman raises $15.6 million fund for VR, AR, esports, and games (VentureBeat)

Boeing’s HorizonX investes in C360 Technologies (GeekWire)

Neurable Receives Investment from Zell Lurie Founders Fund (FINSMES)


Major milestones

Sansar beta opens (Engadget)

Mio Global appoints new CEO (BetaKit)

The Void is bringing a location-based Star Wars VR experience to Disney resorts (TechCrunch)

High Fidelity announces integration of HTC Vive Trackers for full-body motion capture (PRNewswire)


Rumours

Rumors continue to grow on “Samsung Pop” wearable device (Wareable)

Apple is suddenly looking to hire a bunch of map tech experts (CNBC)

Apple Experimenting With Several Augmented Reality Glasses Prototypes (MacRumors)

The next Apple Watch will reportedly have LTE (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.