W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Sony and Magic Leap push for VR patents

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

One fourth of wearable owners are dissatisfied with their device, finds Ericsson survey (PC World)


Device Announcements

The Blocks modular smartwatch opens pre-orders (The Verge)

Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro is the first Project Tango phone, available later this year for $500 (Engadget)

Lenovo shows off smart running shoe at Lenovo Tech World (The Verge)

TopShop launches its second bPay wearables collection (Wareable)


Funding & Acquisitions

Jawbone quietly acquires spectroscopy startup Spectros (MobiHealthNews)

The Virtual Reality Company raises $23 Million in funding (The Verge)

Spaces raises $30M with Chinese theme park operator (Re/Code)


Major Milestones

Pebble opens up fitness algorithms and launches mood app (The Verge)

Samsung is turning Welt, the smart belt project, into its own startup (Wareable)

EXOS Launches New Fitness Certification and Wearables Education Series (Business Wire)

Getty images makes hard push into VR content (Re/Code)

Fitbit launches new corporate wellbeing program (ZDNET)

Pebble watches get new firmware update including new weather and health app (The Verge)


Rumours

Sony files patent for “force sense” haptics device for VR (Playstation Lifestyle)

Former Google employee says Google Contact project is “slideware” (Business Insider)

Magic Leap patent drawing may or may not be what company’s device will look like (Mashable)


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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.