W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Bringing AR to Android

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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

ABI Research forecasts enterprise retail wearable shipments will reach nearly 10 million in 2022 (Business Insider)

Google says augmented reality will be on ‘hundreds of millions’ of Android devices next year (CNBC)

Snap lost nearly $40 million on unsold Spectacles (The Verge)


Device Announcements

Olympus debuts Insight EI-10 open source $15,000 smart glasses (The Verge)

Tory Burch debuts the ToryTrack fashionable fitness tracker (Shape)

Sensoria launches Smart Running Sneaker (SportTechie)

Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset now available (Windows Central)

TPCast for Vive is now available for pre-order in North America at $300 (Road to VR)

Visa debuts payment-ready wearables for Winter Olympics (Mobile Marketer)

Daqri ships augmented reality smart glasses for professionals (VentureBeat)


Funding & M&A

Interaxon Inc. Announces $11.6 Million USD in Series B-1 Funding (BusinessWire)

Blume Ventures launches its third and largest fund of $80-100 million with a focus on AR & VR (Bloomberg)

Titan invests $5 million in wearable IoT firm CoveIoT (Economic Times)

Pregnancy wearable maker Bloomlife receives $2.3 million in grant funding (MobiHealthNews)

Medical startup Torch Surgery raises £15m for augmented reality surgery headsets (The Telegraph)


Major milestones

Intel announces its partnership with Turner Sports to broadcast NBA TNT matchups in VR (Engadget)

Epson and DJI join forces to launch an AR simulator for your drone (The Verge)

Google announces its immersive audio software Resonance Audio for VR & AR (The Verge)

Pokémon Go studio Niantic is making a Harry Potter AR game (The Verge)

Fitbit chosen for long-term US health study (Engadget)


Rumours

Apple is ramping up for a release of smart glasses for 2020, including a new OS called rOS (Bloomberg)

Google Patent reveals Google Glass being reinvented using micro-LED displays (Patently Apple)

Microsoft patent points HoloLens towards Open 3D mapping capabilities (WinBuzzer)


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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.