W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Minecraft and Meatballs

Minecraft VR

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

Samsung S Health used by more than 150 million people, says Samsung (Android Headlines)

Apple Watch slips to 52 percent global smartwatch marketshare in Q1 2016 according to new report by Strategy Analytics (PR Newswire)

Worldwide shipments for enterprise and industrial wearables will increase from 2.3 million in 2015 to 66.4 million units annually by 2021, says Tractica (Tractica)

HTC predicts VR will beat smartphones in global sales in just 4 years (Tech Times)

Apple Watch social mentions down 80% since launch, according to TickerTags (Yahoo)

Tim Cook shares no numbers on Apple Watch on earnings call but says that sales met expectations (CNBC)

About 40% of gamers will buy a VR headset in the next year says the Entertainment Software Association (VentureBeat)

Smart Clothing and Body Sensor shipments to total 190 Million through 2021, according to Tractica (Business Wire)

Enterprise augmented reality will bring in $46B in revenue by 2021 according to ABI Research (Fierce Mobile IT)


Device Announcements

Xiaomi will start selling its smartwatch later this year (Fast Company)

will.i.am unveils his second smartwatch, Dial (Tech Times)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

Nokia buys wearable tech company Withings for $191M (MobileSyrup)

HTC launches $100 million VR startup accelerator (The Verge)

Augmedix raises $17M (TechCrunch)

Virtual reality startup SpaceVR raises $1.25M to launch cameras into space (Silicon Valley Business Journal)


Major Milestones

NYT and Google teaming up again to ship 30,000 Cardboard VR devices to subscribers (CNET)

TopShop opens innovation program for wearable tech (Forbes)

Google introduces “snap and swap” Mode watchbands for Android Wear smartwatches (MobileSyrup)

Google is building a new hardware division (Re/code)

Minecraft launches on Gear VR (The Verge)

Fitbit inks deal with Alibaba to sell devices in China (MobiHealthNews)

Ikea updates VR experience to let you cook its meatballs in a virtual kitchen (TNW)


Rumours

Samsung said to be working on new wearables: Gear Fit 2 and IconX earbuds (Yahoo)

Amazon may be ramping up to create its own VR content (The Verge)

Samsung working on a standalone virtual reality device (Variety)

Google patents smart lenses you inject in your eyes (Engadget)


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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.