W|W: The Wearable Weekly – VR sees Stranger Things

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

Garmin’s fitness segment grew 34 percent, with revenue for 2016’s second quarter at $213 million (MobiHealthNews)

New report places a market value on Wearable Technology of $170.91 billion by 2025 (Tech Times)

Fitbit results show 5.7 million trackers in the quarter, with 54% of those the Blaze and Alta (Wareable)


Device Announcements

Xiaomi unveils its Mi VR Play virtual reality headset (Wareable)

Polar debuts its M600 fitness watch (Fast Company)

HoloLens opens up purchase of HoloLens to everyone in US & Canada (Fortune)


Funding & M&A

TheWaveVR closes $2.5 million seed (PE Hub)

Owlchemy Labs raises a $5 million Series A (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

HTC announces its own app store (The Verge)

Valve opens up SteamVR tracking to all developers (The Verge)

Homido launches its V2 VR headset (Engadget)

Android Wear’s Together being shut down September 30 (9to5 Google)

Jaunt launches new publishing program for VR content (Variety)

Basis recalls overheating devices (Engadget)

Envelop VR launches Envelop for Windows (Fortune)

Netflix releases its first VR experience for “Stranger Things” (TechCrunch)


Rumours

New Samsung patent looks suspiciously like the Apple Watch (Business Insider)

Intel is working on a depth sensor for the Vive (The Verge)


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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.