W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Rumours of AR smartglasses


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Statistics and Forecasts

Wearable device shipments to reach 430 million units annually by 2022, according to Tractica (BusinessWire)

Apple Watch suppliers say shipments expected to reach 15 million this year, 20 million next year (9to5 Mac)

Gartner hype cycle 2017 reduces time for VR to hit “plateau of productivity” to two to five years (Gartner)

Global smart clothing market predicted to be worth $4.5 billion within six years (Cycling Industry News)

Device Announcements

Qualcomm launches new camera modules to improve mixed reality and biometrics (MobileSyrup)

Ubiquiti Labs debuts wearable camera FrontRow (Digital Trends)

Funding & M&A

Immersv raises $10.5 million for VR advertising (TechCrunch)

Google bought Senosis Health (The Verge)

AltSpace VR may not be dead after all (TechCrunch)

Meitu joins $14 million round in Chinese augmented reality firm HiScene (China Money Network)

Samsung leads LVL Technologies’ $6.5M round to build a hydration-tracking wearable (MobiHealthNews)

Google acquires AIMatter, maker of the Fabby computer vision app (TechCrunch)

Major milestones

Google Earth VR lets you experience total solar eclipse (Road to VR)

UPS is developing VRE training for its drivers (TechCrunch)


HoloLens 2.0 not expected this year, according to suppliers (MSPoweruser)

Facebook is working on futuristic AR smartglasses (Business Insider)

Lenovo teases Mirage MR headset (MSPoweruser)

Samsung plans just revealed new Holographic AR Glasses (SlashGear)

Jawbone’s medical plans included a heart attack warning bracelet (Engadget)

Samsung to launch Gear Fit 2 Pro smartband with swim tracking (ZDNET)

Apple Watch 3 expected to have LTE using eSIM with no calling features (9to5 Mac)

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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.

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