W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Let’s talk Darth Vader and Pokémon Go

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

J.D. Power survey says Apple Watch owners are more satisified with their smartwatch than others (Yahoo)

Canalys says 7.5 million cellular smartwatches will ship this year, 53.6 million by 2020 (Wareable)


Device Announcements

Magic Leap ramping up production for its mixed reality device (Reuters)

Oculus now shipping within days (CNET)

Alcatel Idol 4S arrives in the US with VR Goggles (Engadget)


Funding & Acquisitions

BioRing more than triples its fundraising goal on Indiegogo (Digital Trends)

Catapult Sports acquires XOS Digital and PlayerTek (Sports Illustrated)

Unity raises $181 million (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

Vandrico and Deloitte team up to create the world’s largest database for wearables (Business Vancouver)

Oculus firmware update brings multi-camera support and auto-app updates (Upload VR)

Lucasfilm is making a VR film about Darth Vader (The Verge)

Mio partners with Pear Sports (Wareable)

Boeing successfully completed a Google Glass pilot (CIO)

Huffington post committed to making VR a part of its newsroom (Engadget)

Pokémon Go gets a HoloLens prototype (Fast Company)

Apple Watch 2 to have cellular connectivity (ZDNET)


Rumours

Google was working on a standalone virtual reality headset but parked it for Mobile VR (Re/Code)

Google working on high end mixed reality (AR/VR) device (The Verge)

Pokémon Go may soon support Google Cardboard (Upload VR)

Slimmer and lighter HTC Vive rumored for later this year (Ubergizmo)


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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.