W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Is smart clothing the next smartphone battery?

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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

AirPod shipments expected to grow by 100 percent YoY (Mashable)

Sony has sold 2 million PSVR units (The Verge)


Device Announcements

HTC’s Vive Focus launches in China for $600 (Engadget)


Funding & M&A

Apple reportedly acquiring Shazam (TechCrunch)

AR startup Apprentice raises $2.5 million (FierceBioTech)

XOi Technologies raises $4.5 million (Nashville Post)


Major milestones

Apple manufacturer Quanta reaches licensing deal with Lumus to produce AR displays (Bloomberg)

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch gets its first OS update and 60 new apps (TechCrunch)

watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch now available (9to5 Mac)

Oculus Rift Core 2.0 beta update now available (Engadget)

Oculus Story Studio team will debut new VR film at Sundance Film Festival (TechCrunch)

Android Wear gets Oreo update (Engadget)

Technogym rolls out Apple Watch & Gymkit support (Wareable)

Microsoft introduces Simplygon Cloud 3D object optimization for AR and VR (TechCrunch)


Rumours

Apple wins patent for biometric AirPods (Patently Apple)

Apple partner Catcher at work on new product category, could be rumoured AR headset (Apple Insider)

Samsung patents smart clothes that are powered by you to charge your phone (TechRadar)

New Magic Leap patent suggests team is looking at identity security (CB Insights)


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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.