W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The rise of wearable innovation

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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

Wearables market may top 125 million units in 2017, led by Apple Watch according to new IDC report (AppleInsider)

Roughly a quarter of marketers worldwide said that AR will be a priority in 2017. Just 18 percent felt the same way in 2016. (eMarketer)

ABI Research report says only 25 percent of B2B respondents actively operate augmented reality (AR) technology (PRNewswire)

IDC estimates dedicated AR and VR headset adoption expected to increase from just under 10 million units last year to 100 million units in 2021 (MacRumors)

New VRDC VR/AR innovation report reveals the HTC Vive is devs’ top target (Gamasutra)


Device Announcements

Armani’s first Android Wear smartwatch is coming in September (9to5 Google)

Google launching a line of cameras for 180-degree VR video (MobileSyrup)

Valve’s new ‘Knuckles’ VR controller is capable of tracking individual fingers (MobileSyrup)


Funding & M&A

Adobe acquires Mettle’s SkyBox tools to expand its VR video portfolio (TechCrunch)


Major milestones

Nokia officially removes the Withings brand name (MobileSyrup)

Ikea to be Apple launch partner for AR (9to5 Mac)

Fitbit, Minnesota Timberwolves partner on wearables, jersey patches (SportTechie)

Google Glass updated to XE23, its first firmware update in almost three years (9to5 Google)

Intel and the IOC ink 7-year Olympics tech deal for VR, drones, and more (TechCrunch)

YouTube launches new VR studio in LA, greenlights Daydream VR series with MLB, Vogue and Discovery (AdWeek)

IBM Watson’s interactive speech now integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew (VRFocus)

Developer releases video of Super Mario Brothers level on HoloLens in NYC (TechCrunch)


Rumours & Patents

Samsung files patent for wireless charging case for Gear S Watch (Business Korea)

Apple granted AR patent for interior design and animated movie posters, includes headset use (9to5 Mac)

Apple invents a 3D depth mapping camera for hand gesturing interfaces for future Macs and smart glasses (Patently Apple)

Fitbit is working on devices that can diagnose and track sleep apnea (Wareable)

Samsung working on standalone VR headset with OLED display and pixel density (Wareable)

Apple wins 11 design patents in China for iMessage and Apple Watch eye candy interfaces (Patently Apple)


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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.