W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Not for the faint of heart

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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

More than half of those surveyed consider Apple Watch a flop, according to Fluent survey (CNBC)

VR headsets will generate $895 million in revenue in 2016, says Strategy Analytics study (MobileSyrup)

Mobile and wearable payments will hit $100 billion by 2018, according to Juniper (Wareable)

Healthcare wearables will bring $17.8B in yearly revenue by 2021, says Tractica (FierceMobile IT)


Device Announcements

Huawei introduces its VR headset (9to5 Google)

Plantronics introduces The RIG 4VR, a headset designed for PlayStation VR (Gizmodo)

Facebook unveils its 360-camera for VR (USA Today)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

Logitech buys Jaybird for $50M (Wareable)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality leader Marxent secures $10 Million in Series B financing (Business Wire)

Magic Leap buys Israeli NorthBit to enhance their cyber security (GeekTime)

Gree launches $12 million virtual reality investment fund (Gamasutra)


Major Milestones

PTC adds HoloLens support for Vuforia (Engineering.com)

Technolust launches on Oculus (The Verge)

Outlook arrives for Android Wear (Engadget)

Android N gets “VR Helper”, takes steps towards becoming a VR platform (Ars Technica)

Roblox VR launches on Oculus Rift (Fortune)

First VR surgery streams live (Engadget)

Vuzix smartglasses integrates with GoPro (PR Newswire)

Samsung launches Milk VR on Google Play (Variety)

Facebook unveils its 10-year roadmap towards augmented reality smart glasses (Yahoo News)


Rumours

Samsung Gear iOS support coming soon? (iDigital Times)

Under Armour patents smart clothing for baseball (Motley Fool)

More suppliers hint at upcoming Apple Watch 2 (MacRumors)


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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.