W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Snapchat wants to own AR

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

Survey says that approximately 83 percent of current iPhone owners have no interest in buying the next Apple Watch (Fortune)

Smart glasses market to post a striking CAGR surpassing 141 percent during 2016-2020, reports Technavio (BusinessWire)


Device Announcements

Misfit unveils new Ray band options including partnership with Apple (Wareable)

Samsung launches its latest smartwatch, the Gear S3 (TechCrunch)

Alacatel launches a smartphone-free VR headset (Engadget)

Qualcomm announces an all-in-one VR headset (The Verge)

TomTom launches a series of new smart wearable devices, including a fitness tracker to measure body composition (BusinessWire)

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 will support Google’s Daydream VR platform (The Verge)

Acer starts shipping its StarVR headset to IMAX VR centres (TechCrunch)

Sony and RDS Industries unveil official PSVR accessories (VRFocus)

Google to announce DayDream headset on October 4 (The Verge)

Withings launches its latest smart analog watch the Steel HR (The Verge)

New Apple Watch 2 expected to debut at Apple Announcement September 7 (9to5 Mac)

Bragi launches sensor-free cheap wireless earbuds (9to5 Mac)


Funding & M&A

HTC invests $5M into VR Gaming startup Steel Wool Studios (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

Fitbit app update rolls out Fitbit Adventures which lets users engage in virtual competitions (Engadget)

Technolust update on Oculus will bring Oculus Touch support (Upload VR)


Rumours

Snapchat is gearing up for an AR device launch (FT)

Samsung ring patent could be a great VR controller (TechRadar)


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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.