W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The smartwatch takeover


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Statistics & Forecasts

More than $2.5 billion has been invested in VR and AR companies across more than 200 deals since 2014 says CB Insights (eMarketer)

Total smartwatch shipments will reach 20.1 million units in 2016, an increase of 3.9% from the 19.4 million units shipped in 2015 according to IDC (Business Wire)

IDC predicts 101 million wearable sales in China in 2016 (ReadWrite)

Device Announcements

Fove 0 open for pre-orders in November (The Verge)

HTC Vive now available on Amazon (Road to VR)

Lenovo Project Tango phone delayed until the Fall (TNW)

Funding & M&A

Thalmic Labs raises $158M CAD Series B (BetaKit)

OMsignal announces $13 million in funding alongside launch of smart bra (BetaKit)

Major Milestones

Microsoft’s Actiongram HoloLens app comes out of beta (MSPowerUser)

IMAX preps for virtual reality experience roll-out (Seeking Alpha)

Augmented reality studio castAR picks up ‘Disney Infinity’ devs (Engadget)

LG, Huawei and Lenovo are not releasing smartwatches this year (The Verge)

Microsoft announces partnership with Thyssenkrupp Elevator to roll-out HoloLens to its elevator technicians (Windows Central)

Google launches Cardboard Camera app on iOS (TechCrunch)

Apple hires Oculus and Magic Leap talent (Business Insider)

Microsoft updates its Health app to Band (The Verge)

Facebook adds friends list to Oculus (Ars Technica)

Oculus makes achievements part of the Gear VR and Rift games (Engadget)

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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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