W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Is Google ramping up AR and VR production?

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Statistics & forecasts

Global market for smart AR glasses will grow from 150,000 unit shipments in 2016, to 22.8 million units annually by 2022 (Tractica)


Funding, acquisitions & M&A

Simplifeye raises $3 million (TechCrunch)

Verizon Ventures and R/GA partner to launch a digital media ‘venture studio’ (TechCrunch)


Device announcements

Google and Levi’s connected jacket gets a release date and pricing (Wareable)

TAG Heuer teases March 14 launch of its next smartwatch (9to5 Google)

Kerv ring that enables purchases now available in the UK (Mashable)

Movado partners with Google to launch a new smartwatch collection (PR Newswire)

Avegant unveils a new headset featuring light field tech (The Verge)

Xiaomi smart running shoes available in China in April (Wareable)

Deloitte developing wearable tech for mining (Forbes)


Major milestones

HTC will open full body tracking to developers (UploadVR)

Facebook launches Facebook 360 app (CNET)

CNN launches global VR journalism unit (The Verge)

Fossil Android Wear 2.0 landing in March (Wareable)

Apple releases watchOS 3.2 beta 5 for Apple Watch (9to5 Mac)

Trimble and DAQRI Collaborate on the integration of Trimble’s mixed reality solutions (Yahoo Finance)

Bandai Namco will be opening a new ‘VR Zone’ in Tokyo this summer (Forbes)


Rumours

Google job listings point to new “mass production” AR/VR hardware in the pipeline (Road to VR)


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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.