W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The AR/VR industry proves it’s not all hype

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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

HoloLens hardhat accessory performing well in Europe (MSPoweruser)

Sony expects to increase the number of PSVR games from 150 to 280 over the course of 2018 (RoadtoVR)

Four percent of Steam VR users use Windows Mixed Reality after less than two months (VRFocus)

AR/VR startups raised $3 billion last year (TechCrunch)

Steam survey shows the Vive accounted for 47 percent of the market, closely followed by the Oculus Rift at 46 percent — and then Windows Mixed Reality at four percent (Mediapost)

Less than 1,000 apps on the App Store support Apple’s augmented reality tools, says report (Apple Insider)


Device Announcements

Vuzix unveils Alexa-enabled smartglasses at CES (The Verge)

Kopin & Pico join forces to debut Eagle wearable entertainment system at CES (BusinessWire)

Nuheara to debut two new hearables at CES: Live IQ and IQbuds Boost (Wareable)

Acton’s ACE connected eyewear opens pre-orders (The Verge)

Samsung develops SmartSuit to help athletes train (Slashgear)

Sensoria and Optima team up to debut first smart diabetic shoes (Wareable)


Funding & M&A

Fitbit invests $6 million in glucose-monitoring company Sano (Engadget)

Wands VR developer raises $2.48 million (Games Industry)


Major milestones

Amazon rolls out Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to allow Alexa to be used with smartwatches, headphones, fitness trackers and more (TechCrunch)

Meta partners with Ultrahaptics and ZeroLight for touch in AR (VentureBeat)


Rumours

HTC may unveil a 4K VR headset at CES (Digital Trends)

Is Apple planning a touchpad wearable? (Slashgear)


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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.