W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Will Apple Watch overtake Fitbit?

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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

Fitbit sold 3 million devices in the first quarter of 2017 according to company (TechCrunch)

91% of HoloLens apps are being made in Unity (VRFocus)

Apple Watch shipments overtook Fitbit shipments during Q1 2017 to 15.9 percent market share, according to new report (Mashable)

Apple Watch sales have nearly doubled since last year, says Apple (MobileSyrup)

Unity CEO predicts VR/AR takes off in ’12 to 24 months’ (Upload VR)


Device announcements

Acer Windows 10 device to ship for the holidays (CNET)


Funding & M&A

Intelligent wearables pioneer TuringSense closes $3.0 million pre-series A funding (Yahoo Finance)


Major milestones

Oculus shuts down its emmy-winning VR short film division (Ars Technica)

Samsung launches multiple video on demand apps to Gear VR with PhoneCast VR (UploadVR)

Bosch to supply up to half of motion sensors for Apple (MacRumors)

Android Wear 2.0 rolling out to Huawei Watch (9to5 Google)

Tango gets Native Unity support (Engadget)

Microsoft launches “view mixed reality” built-in viewer as part of Windows 10 (MobileSyrup)

Sports Illustrated launching VR and AR content on Everest Climb (New York Business Journal)

Houzz launches new AR furniture mode (The Verge)

Microsoft announces partnership with Pearson to bring mixed reality to classrooms (TNW)


Rumours

Snapchat patent reveals future of Spectacles with augmented reality (Mashable)

New Apple Watch rumoured to have screen using micro LEDs instead of OLED (Forbes)

Amazon working on a new VR shopping experience (Upload VR)

Alleged leaked Fitbit photos show upcoming smartwatch looks like Blaze (MacRumors)


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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.