W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Smartwatches of luxury

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

48.6% of developers surveyed are developing for the HTC Vive platform (Upload VR)

63% of survey respondents said enabling law enforcement and security officers with wearable tech to identify known or suspected criminals or terrorists is strongest opportunity (Yahoo)


Device Announcements

VSP unveils Level, glasses with an integrated fitness tracker (Mashable)

Garmin launches the fenix 3 luxury smartwatch (Engadget)

Kate Spade launches line of fitness trackers (Wareable)

Xiamoi launches Amazfit’s Equator and Moonbeam wearables (Wareable)


Funding & M&A

Silver.tv raises $6.2M for eSports VR platform (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

Ford launches Ford VR app (Upload VR)

Google launches Yosemite 360 experience narrated by Barack Obama (The Verge)

Samsung now beta testing Gear smartwatch support on iPhone (Cult of Mac)

Pre-orders for Sony’s upcoming VR headset sold out faster than any other piece of hardware in GameSpot’s history (Upload VR)

Pebble set to release its latest OS Pebble OS 4 (Slashgear)

Fossil announced that they will be releasing an “unprecedented” number of wearables in 2016 (MobiHealthNews)

Best Buy increases stores demoing Oculus Rift to 500 (TechCrunch)

US ITC rules that Fitbit did not steal Jawbone’s trade secrets (Inc)

Leap Motion launches Interaction Engine to make picking up VR objects more real (Engadget)

Nike+ app gets updates ahead of Apple Watch 2 announcement (9to5 Mac)


Rumours

Google will launch Daydream in weeks (Mashable)

Apple patent shows AR navigation technology (BGR)

Acer to be launching a gaming-minded smartwatch next month (DigiTimes)


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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.