W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Rumour Mill

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

Gartner’s latest report says the wearable market will grow from 232 million units sold in 2015, to more than 322 million in 2017 (Wareable)

Gartner report sees smartwatch sales soaring: 30.32 million smartwatches were sold in 2015, which will grow to 66.71 million by 2017 (Forbes)

Gartner is projecting VR/AR headset shipments to be 1.43 million this year, and 6.31 million next year (PC World)

Canadian study finds fitness trackers are leaking data (PC World)

Apple Watch Took Two-Thirds Of Smartwatch Market In 2015, Says Analyst (TechCrunch)


Device Announcements

Swatch Group will release three smartwatches this year including one at Baselworld (Bloomberg)

Apple now selling View-Master VR (The Drum)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

AR startup Magic Leap raises $793.5M Series C (TechCrunch)

WEVR raises $25M and announces Transport (Digital Trends)


Major Milestones

Agency JWT and Mio Global have teamed up to provide clients with wearable insights (Ad Age)

Pebble rolled out Pebble Health and messaging enhancements (ZDNET)

Epic Games announced in-VR editing (Ars Technica)

Android Wear update enables wrist-calls and more gesture features (Wareable)

Microsoft releases timely video re-imaging the Superbowl using HoloLens (The Verge)

GoPro and Microsoft ink patent licensing deal (Engadget)

AltSpaceVR launches on the Gear VR (Engadget)

Kenzen wins best startup at NFL’s 1st and Future (TechCrunch)

VR Arcade coming to LA (PSFK)


Rumours

Apple Watch S expected to be released this Spring according to analysts (Business Insider)

Nintendo may be getting back into VR (Forbes)

Samsung launching its VR camera on Feb 21 (Engadget)

Apple getting into VR? Spending lots of time at the Stanford VR lab (Cult of Mac)

Playstation VR priced at $299 (VR Focus)

Google launching a Gear VR competitor (Ars Technica)

Apple to launch VR for iOS in 2 years time (Apple Insider)


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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.