W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Google Glass enters the enterprise

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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

The total worldwide wearable band market grew 8% year over year in Q2 2017, led by Xiaomi with shipments of 3.5 million units (Canalys)

ABI Research forecasts enterprise wearables will top US $60 million in revenue in 2022 (Markets Insider)

Fossil’s struggles with wearables send shares plummeting 25 percent (MarketWatch)

Vuzix reports second consecutive quarter of $1 million plus revenue during the second quarter (Next Reality)


Device Announcements

Fossil introduces Q Venture and Explorist smartwatches (Wareable)

Google Glass enterprise edition on sale through partner Streye (VR Focus)


Funding & M&A

Lampix’s augmented reality ‘Crypto’ crowdfund scores $4.5 million, targets $60 million (Forbes)

Here Be Dragons VR studio closes $10 million Series A led by Discovery (TechCrunch)

cognitiveVR selected to join Verizon Ventures Media Tech Venture Studio (BetaKit)


Major milestones

BlackBerry teams up with Vuzix to provide UEM software (Wareable)

Unreal Engine updated with preliminary support for ARKit (Apple Insider)

The Oculus launcher now works with Steam games (Engadget)

Firefox updated with WebVR support (TechCrunch)


Rumours

Samsung’s next wearable is the Samsung Gear Sport, expected to launch at IFA (Engadget)

Apple patent describes using the front-facing camera, light and proximity sensors for health measurements (9to5 Mac)

Fitbit smartwatch renderings leaked (9to5 Mac)


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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.