W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The Rift opens (in Alaska)

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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

More Than 7 Million People Will See VR At Six Flags Parks In 2016 (UploadVR)


Device Announcements

First Casio smartwatch hits Google store (Android Central)

Oculus Rift starts shipping to consumers (The Verge)

Sony Playstation VR pre-orders went live (The Verge)

First HoloLens shipments begin to arrive (Windows Central)

Samsung debuts concussion measuring wearable BrainBand (Wareable)

Atheer and Xciel Partner to Bring Advanced AR Smart Glasses to Workers in the Oil and Gas Industry (PR Newswire)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

LifeBeam has raised $16 million in a round led by Squarepeg Capital  (MobiHealthNews)

Virtual Reality Storytelling Startup Visionary VR Raises $6 Million (Variety)

Eye-tracking virtual reality startup FOVE raises $11 Million Series A (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

Palmer Luckey delivers first Oculus Rift personally to consumer in Alaska (Road to VR)

Sensics Partners With DAQRI, Adding AR to OSVR (PR Newswire)

Lightwave working with MindShare to provide bioanalytics for the NCAA (Mashable)

Never-released Google Glass Enterprise edition found on eBay (The Verge)

Microsoft shows new form of HoloLens-equipped communication dubbed “Holoportation” (ZDNET)

Hulu launches Samsung Gear VR app (The Verge)

Pornhub launches free VR porn channel (Fortune)

Pebble to layoff 25 percent of its workforce after raising $26 million over last eight months (BetaKit)

Tesla confirmed using Vuzix in its factory (9to5 Google)


Rumours

Samsung Charm rumoured to cost 29.99 euros (Android Headlines)

Microsoft patents a new ring for HoloLens (MSPower User)

Google may add AR to its camera (VentureBeat)

Apple tweaks its patent on head worn VR systems (Patently Apple)

LG 360 VR listed as $199 according to online retailer (Android Central)


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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.