W|W: The Wearable Weekly – A sad Spectacle

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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 and Forecasts

Snap reportedly stuck with ‘hundreds of thousands’ of unsold Spectacles (The Verge)

According to the ‘Display Market Report for AR and VR’ published by UBI Research, OLED for AR and VR will hold 52% market share and by 2021 it’ll leap to 80% market share (Patently Apple)


Device Announcements

Everysight’s Raptor AR glasses pre-orders start (Wareable)

Misfit Vapor smartwatch gets October 31st release date (The Verge)


Funding & M&A

Acer Invest $5m In Starbreeze’s StarVR Corporation (VR Focus)

Pimax “8K” Surpasses Oculus Rift as Top VR Headset Kickstarter Project, $2.45M Raised So Far (Road to VR)


Major milestones

Unreal Engine 4.18 Now Available With Native ARKit And ARCore Support (VR Focus)

Fitbit’s first smartwatch can now make payments in the UK (Engadget)

Microsoft’s new studios create Mixed Reality holograms (The Verge)

Mastercard, Qualcomm-Powered ODG Smartglasses Use Iris Authentication for AR Shopping (Next Reality)

Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3 (CNET)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s VR project wins an Oscar (Polygon)

Bullet-time creator John Gaeta is going to Magic Leap (The Verge)


Rumours

Microsoft patents flat lenses useful for a more compact HoloLens (MSpoweruser)


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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.