W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Canucks don’t care about wearables

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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

Activity tracker shipment totals are expected to top 87 million in 2021 according to ABI Research (HIT Consultant)

Fitbit remains wearable leader with Xiaomi and Apple rounding out the top 3, according to new IDC report (TechCrunch)

Almost 80 percent of Canadian survey respondents said they either don’t use or don’t care for wearable devices, says IDC Canada (MobileSyrup)


Device Announcements

Toshiba scraps Wearvue TG-01 Headset (PC Mag)

Microsoft launches HoloLens developer pre-orders (MobileSyrup)

ZTE shows off iCharming smart ring at MWC (Wareable)

HTC Vive pricing unveiled and pre-orders open (MobileSyrup)

Qualcomm shows off smart legging prototype at MWC (Wareable)

Canadian carriers to offer free Gear VR with S7 (MobileSyrup)

Philips unveils a wearable for hospitals (mHealth Intelligence)

Garmin debuts the Vivofit 3 and the Vivoactive HR (SportTechie)

Victorinox announces the INOX Cybertool clip-on smartwatch (TechCrunch)

Timex debuts Metropolitan+ analog smartwatch (Economic Times)

Samsung debuts Samsung Charm fitness tracker (Phone Arena)

Mondaine adds PayChip contactless payments to new Swiss smartwatch (Pocket Lint)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

ThingLink raises $1.3 million to expand media annotation platform to VR (Road to VR)

Augmented reality computer vision startup Wrnch Gets $1.8M Series A (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

Anouk Wipprecht launches smart clothing R&D studio Codame (Wareable)

Sony announces Playstation VR March 15 event (MobileSyrup)

Deutsche Telecom launches will.i.am Dial smartwatch (Economic Times)

Coca-Cola piloting packaging that turns into a Cardboard (BGR)


Rumours

Sony patent suggests they are working on new VR controllers (Forbes)

Microsoft ActionGram video capture app leaked (ZDNET)

Microsoft HoloLens start menu leaked (The Verge)


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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.