W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Facebook betting billions on virtual reality

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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Device announcements

Tag Heuer Android Wear 2.0 watch coming in May (Wareable)

Microsoft now shipping HoloLens to developers in Japan (MSPoweruser)


Funding & M&A

DigiLens raises $22 million for consumer-focused augmented reality products (UploadVR)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announces plans to invest more than $3 billion in VR over next 10 years (TechCrunch)

HTC VIVE launches $10 million VR For Impact program at World Economic Forum 2017 (UploadVR)


 Major milestones

PSVR now supports 360-degree YouTube videos (MobileSyrup)

Thalmic hires Under Armour exec for product experience role (BetaKit)

Android Wear 2.0 coming in February (MobileSyrup)

Matterport brings its VR spaces to the iPhone (Engadget)


Rumours

HTC’s Halfbeak smartwatch pictures leaked (Android Police)

KGI says Apple is developing new biometric sensors (9to5 Mac)

Magic Leap patent shows the use of AR to help with color blindness (Inverse)


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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.