W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Speedos and Smart Rings

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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 & Forecasts

Worldwide revenue from retail sales of connected wearable devices grew by a whopping 133 percent last quarter to $6 billion, says Futuresource Consulting (Apple Insider)

74% of those that don’t own wearables would consider using one if accuracy in wearables could help them to better manage their health, says survey (PR Newswire)

Sony is expected to ship up to six million units of PlayStation VR (PS VR) headsets in 2016, accounting for 67% of the global VR HMD market, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Time (DigiTimes)


Device Announcements

Misfit launches Speedo Shine 2 for swimmers (Macworld)


Funding & Acquisitions

BioRing launches on Indiegogo to crowdfund its wellness smart ring (Wareable)


Major Milestones

Toronto Argos using STATSports GPS tracking (Toronto Star)

Facebook brings VR Reactions to 360-degree video (Engadget)

Samsung rebrands MilkVR to Samsung VR and allows UG content and launches Samsung Creators Program (Fast Company)

Sony Smartwatch 3 software update improves stability and GPS tracking (Android Headlines)

Xiaomi adds smartwatch category to its website (Android Headlines)


Rumours

Oculus patents VR Movement System with Phone-Based HMD (Upload VR)

Apple patents VR-related headset system (Engineering.com)

Apple developing micro LED panels for upcoming Apple Watch (DigiTimes)


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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.