W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The rise of VR arcades

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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

Samsung Gear VR is best-selling VR headset of Q1 (MobileSyrup)

Nearly every Oculus Rift owner has bought Tough, says Oculus (Upload VR)

ABI Research forecasts enterprise wearables will top $55 billion USD in revenue in 2022 (PRNewswire)

Mary Meeker: Healthcare technology is booming thanks to cloud computing and wearables (Silicon Angle)


Device announcements

Snapchat Spectacles now on sale in Europe (Wareable)

Massless introduces VR Pen (Tom’s Hardware)

Microsoft reveals Dell and Asus Windows mixed reality headsets (The Verge)

Wearable X launches connected yoga pants, Nadi X (Vogue)

Epson introduces two new Moverio products – the Epson Moverio BT-350 and the Epson Moverio Pro BT-2200 (MobileSyrup)

Kopin reveals a new, 4K reference design VR headset (Engadget)

Inuitive reveal reference design with wide field of view (VRFocus)


Major milestones

Lenovo and Wikitude partner to create AR platform (Seeking Alpha)

Meta introduces AR Workspace (BusinessWire)

ODG R-9 smartglasses become first to be certified in new THX program (Sys-Con Media)

Tobii unveils its eye-tracking tech for HTC Vive (VRFocus)

Epson, DJI, and Edgybees launch AR game for drones (Fast Company)

Vuforia launches Project Chalk, lets people communicate in AR (VentureBeat)

Scope AR’s platform now offers markerless tracking, Tango support (Tom’s Hardware)

Vuforia augmented reality platform from PTC will support the Vuzix M300 smart glasses (BusinessWire)

Oculus adds support for Chromecast streaming (TechCrunch)

Occipital launches low-cost AR/VR tracking platform for all-in-one headsets (TechCrunch)

‘Largest virtual reality arcade in North America’ opens in Calgary (Calgary Herald)


Rumours

Andy Rubin’s Essential patent suggests branch out into smartglasses (MobileSyrup)

Samsung Patent reveals next-gen Gear VR headset with multiple new features (Patently Apple)

Foxconn leak suggests AR plans for iPhone 8 and Apple AR glasses (VRFocus)


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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.