W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Living in 360

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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

Wearable Tech Market To Be Worth $34 Billion By 2020, says CCS Insights (Forbes)

VR headset and AR smartglasses sales will hit 97 million by 2020, according to CCS Insights (Wareable)

Smartwatch shipments hit 8.1 million in Q4 2015 outpacing Swiss watch shipments, says Strategy Analytics (MobileSyrup)


Device Announcements

Samsung Gear S2 to get first eSIM that lets you choose carrier (MobileSyrup)

LG Innotek unveils tiny bio sensor for wearables (Android Authority)

AR startup, Meta, debuts Meta 2 smartglasses at TED in Vancouver (Forbes)

THE VOID debuts Rapture headset and vest at TED in Vancouver (UploadVR)

Omate launches kids smartwatch with 3G calling (Engadget)

Garmin launches Vivoactive HR Smartwatch (PC Mag)

W.ill.i.am launches Dial smartwatch (Wareable)

ZEISS shows Next Generation Optical System for smartglasses at 2016 MWC in Barcelona (BusinessWire)

HTC Vive will cost $799, preorder on February 29 and ships in early April (MobileSyrup)

LG launches VR headset and 360 camera at MWC (MobileSyrup)

Samsung launches 360 camera at MWC (Fortune)

Epson debuts M-300 at MWC (CNET)

Gear VR being given to all S7 Galaxy smartphone pre-orders (UploadVR)

Pre-order bundles open for Oculus (Engadget)

Improved View-Master VR coming this Fall (Road to VR)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

Super Ventures launches $10M fund and incubator dedicated to AR (Re/Code)

Cala Health gets $18M for tremor-treating wearable (MobiHealthNews)

Axiom Zen acquires virtual reality studio Hammer & Tusk (PR Newswire)


Major Milestones

Leap Motion launches Orion software with improved finger tracking (Engadget)

Fox Sports and NextVR sign a five-year VR deal (Hollywood Reporter)

Microsoft performs new demo of HoloLens on stage at TED in Vancouver (Re/Code)

Kaleidoscope VR film fest embarks on a world tour (Engadget)

Recon and APX Labs join forces to create a complete enterprise solution for smartglasses (SYS-CON)

Ford opens wearables lab (Fortune)

WEARVR opens paid app store (Road to VR)

Condé Nast & Doug Liman Team For VR Scripted Series ‘Invisible’ (Deadline)

Carnival and AT&T partner to create VR vacations (Fortune)

Atheer to Bring AiR Suite for Enterprise to Recon Jet Smart Eyewear (Yahoo Finance)


Rumours

Sony Playstation VR coming this Fall (Forbes)


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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.