W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Virtual Reality is now the superior reality

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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

Oculus says that Gear VR has “millions of users” which have collectively spent “more than 20 million hours in the Gear VR to date” (Re/Code)

According to Carphone Warehouse, around 10% of British homes will have a virtual reality device by Christmas (Mirror)


Device Announcements

eMagin announces two wearable night vision products for consumers (Business Wire)

Ringy Aries collection now on sale (Wareable)

ASUS ZenWatch 3 is now available (MobileSyrup)

Snapchat starts selling Spectacles (The Verge)

LeEco debuts ExploreVR (TechCrunch)


Funding & M&A

IMAX Raises $50M to fund creation of interactive VR content (Forbes)

Portugal Ventures backs wearable tech company Kinematix (PE Hub)


Major Milestones

Social VR platform ‘High Fidelity’ launches in Steam Early Access (UploadVR)

Garmin brings Strava safety system to its wearables (TechCrunch)

HTC gets $220 add-on to make it wireless (MobileSyrup)

X Prize announces $1M Women’s Safety X Prize (Wareable)

Oculus launches feature to allow it to run on cheaper PCs (The Verge)

Mountain Dew launches experiential activation featuring smart clothing (Mediapost)

Google Daydream View review: Beyond Cardboard (MobileSyrup)


Rumours

Microsoft renews their Wearable Personal Information System patent (MSPoweruser)


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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.