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Wearable Weekly

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 & Forecasts

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Shipments of Wearables to Surpass 200 Million in 2019, Driven by Strong Smartwatch Growth and the Emergence of Smarter Watches (Business Wire)

Global market for AR and VR in the healthcare market is expected to grow from $280m in 2013 to around $641m in 2018 (Business Wire)

The wearable fitness technology market is expected to reach USD 12.44 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 13.7% between 2016 and 2022 (Business Wire)


Device Announcements

Japanese startup Telepathy launched new smartglasses named Telepathy Walker (i4U)

Michael Kors launches two Android Wear powered smartwatches (MobileSyrup)

Nike debuts power-lacing shoes (SportTechie)

Samsung and de GRISOGONO announce Gear S2 with over 100 diamonds (MobileSyrup)

Nixon launches Mission Android Wear powered smartwatch (Engadget)

HP and Movado launch Tommy Hilfiger smartwatch (Wareable)

AliveCor working on FDA approved heart rate monitor Apple Watch strap called the Kardia band (The Verge)

Fossil announces seven new wearables including new Android Wear watches (MobileSyrup)

Samsung debuted VR-headset Entrim at SXSW (9to5 Google)

Crowdoptic launches its own hardware device (9to5 Google)

MYZONE launches new smart bra, t-shirt and updated app at London’s Wearable Tech Show (T3)

AMD and Sulon preview Sulon Q AR/VR device at GDC (Ars Technica)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

The Venture Reality Fund launches $50M VR/AR fund (VentureBeat)

Enflux launches crowdfunding campaign for its fitness tracking clothing (SportTechie)


Major Milestones

Sony confirms price for PlaystationVR will be $399 USD (MobileSyrup)

Microsoft and Lowes announce pilot program to use HoloLens in store (TechCrunch)

Quell pain relieving wearable named Best Wearable at SXSW (Business Wire)

HTC Vive will launch with 50 VR games (Fortune)

Oculus Rift will launch with 30 VR games (Wired)

Skyhook launches SDK to bring location services to wearables (TechCrunch)

Microsoft publishes new video showing off Actiongram for HoloLens (Engadget)


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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.