W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Snap and Spectacles

Snapchat Spectacles

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

18% of U.S. broadband households own a wearable fitness device, says Parks Associate study (Yahoo)

Kantar research suggests that 4.7% of Americans and 3.2% of those living in Europe’s four biggest markets currently own a smartwatch (Fortune)

Survey says 74% of women and 69% of men want to spend either less than $100 or $100 – $200 on smartwatches (Wareable)

The Chinese government predicts fitness and sports business will be worth $800 billion by 2025 (Wareable)


Device Announcements

Snap (formerly SnapChat) unveils its first hardware product, Spectacle (MobileSyrup)

CoWatch the Alexa-powered smartwatch now available on Amazon (The Verge)

BLOCKS modular smartwatch hits the FCC (Liliputing)

Intel launches the Oakley Radar Pace (Mashable)

OMsignal launches smart bra (BetaKit)


Funding & M&A

LiveLike raises $5M to stream sports in VR (Forbes)


Major Milestones

Google opens Daydream VR platform to developers (TechCrunch)

Unity adds support for Daydream VR (Upload VR)

Hulu launching new programming for VR app (TechCrunch)


Rumours

Apple patent suggest they are considering the use of active fluids for wearable displays (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.