W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Smartwatch sales dip while AR and VR thrive

Pebble Steel smartwatch

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

Apple Watch Sales Fall 55% in Second Quarter, IDC Report Says (Bloomberg)

Smartwatch shipments fall 32 percent in Q2 says IDC (ZDNET)

Mark Zuckerberg tells The Verge he expects AR devices to hit consumers in five to ten years (The Verge)


Device Announcements

Manus VR glove enters production (PR Newswire)

Razer’s second OSVR devkit is now available for pre-order (Engadget)


Major Milestones

Square Enix teases Apple Watch role-playing game (Ars Technica)

Flex and MAS Holdings announce new partnership to develop wearable tech (Flextronics)

Apple will sell limited edition Olympics watch bands (TechCrunch)

Mr. Robot and Suicide Squad debut VR experiences at Comic-Con (SF Gate)

Google Launches New Arts & Culture App With Virtual Reality (Forbes)

Google hires former Samsung VR exec to work on Daydream (TechCrunch)

SMI Expands OEM Platform with Eye Tracking HTC Vive Developer Kit (PR Newswire)

ODG ported Pokemon Go to its smart glasses (Wareable)

Japan Airlines piloted use of HoloLens for inspection and training (Network World)

DAQRI is opening an augmented reality center in Austria (CNET)


Rumours

Samsung’s new standalone VR headset may be called “Odyssey” (Road to VR)

HTC partnering with HP to provide Vive-branded desktop PCs (Digital Trends)


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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.