W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Global launches and launch delays

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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Device Announcements

Occipital launches Dev Kit to turn your iPhone into a room-scale tracked VR headset (TechCrunch)

Best Buy lists Pebble 2 pre-orders with October 15 date (MobileSyrup)

Samsung’s Gear VR will soon feature XBox One Controller support (MobileSyrup)


Major Milestones

HTC launches Viveport App Store globally (MobileSyrup)

Android Wear 2.0 launch delayed to 2017 (MobileSyrup)

Google’s Tilt Brush getting multi-player support (Engadget)

Udacity launches VR developer nanodegree with Google, HTC & Upload VR (VentureBeat)

Shopify launches Thread for HTC (MobileSyrup)

Insurer Aetna will subsidize a “significant portion” of the Apple Watch (Engadget)


Rumours

Huawei may be considering switching its smartwatches from Android Wear to Tizen (9to5 Google)


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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.