W|W: The Wearable Weekly – 52 million VR fans can’t be wrong

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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

By 2020, IDC estimates that wearable shipments will reach 213.6 million devices (Wareable)

40% of doctors say they have recommended wearables, only 4% of patients say they have according to Nielson survey (MobiHealthNews)

JP Morgan analysts slash Apple Watch estimates for fiscal 2016 to 11.9 million unit shipments from 23.5 million (CNBC)

52 million Americans could have VR headsets by 2020: Forrester (Yahoo)


Device Announcements

Zeiss created a premium Google Cardboard (TechCrunch)

Sony Playstation VR coming October 13 (MobileSyrup)

Razer debuts its latest HDK 2 (Engadget)


Funding & Acquisitions

Samsung acquires US cloud firm Joyent (ZDNET)

VRSE raises $12.56M and changes name to Within (Re/Code)

Felix & Paul raises $6.8M Series A (BetaKit)

Lumus raises $15M (Geektime)


Major Milestones

Fantastic Contraption adds built-in mixed reality and Twitch features (Gamasutra)

Fitbit rolls out new feature called “Sleep Schedule” (MobileSyrup)

Apple announces watchOS 3 with improved performance of apps, new watchfaces, greater access to APIs and more (MobileSyrup)

Visa to trial NFC wearables at Rio games (ZDNET)

Gear VR updates unifies Oculus Home with Rift (Road to VR)

Microsoft sends out fourth wave of HoloLens invites (Windows Central)

PSVR demos available at Gamestop and Best Buy (Yahoo)

Magic Leap partners with LucasFilm (TechCrunch)


Rumours

IBM patents night vision for smart glasses (IB Times)

Apple patent shows a watch with a camera (Yahoo)

Is this Snapchat’s new smart glasses? (Business Insider)

Upcoming Samsung smartwatch is codenamed “Solis”, runs Tizen (Phone Arena)


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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.