W|W: The Wearable Weekly – VR enterprises

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Statistics and Forecasts

Entertainment VR investments jump 79 percent in second half of 2017 (VentureBeat)

53 percent of mid-sized companies have AR, VR pilot projects underway (TechRepublic)

Connected wearable patch shipments to reach 35 million units annually by 2022, according to Tractica (BusinessWire)

Samsung shipped only 500,000 Gear S3 units in Q3 2017: Canalys (Android Headlines)

IDC forecasts worldwide revenues for the AR and VR market to reach $13.9 billion in 2017 (PRNewswire)

Apple is once again on top in the wearable market for the past quarter, with 3.9 million Apple Watches shipped (The Verge)

ABI Research forecasts smart clothing will reach 31 million units sold in 2022 (TechRepublic)


Device Announcements

Fossil’s new smartwatch Q Control starts to ship (The Verge)

Spire debuts health-tracking wearable health tags (ZDNET)

HTC’s VR object tracker is launching in December for $99.99 (TechCrunch)


Funding & M&A

Williams-Sonoma acquires AR 3D imaging startup Outward for $112 million (TechCrunch)


Major milestones

IMAX launches new IMAX VR arcade in Toronto (The Verge)

Paramount Pictures launching first VR movie theatre (Deadline)

Garmin Pay contactless payments go live on the Vívoactive 3 smartwatch (VentureBeat)

Brain Power launches Empower Me Google Glass system for people with autism (Next Reality)

Facebook tests VR in News Feed with ‘Jumanji’ experience (Engadget)

Unitedhealthcare integrates Garmin and Samsung wearables into its BYOD program (Engadget)

GymKit launches in Australia (9to5 Mac)


Rumours

Primary assembler hints at Apple releasing AR headset in 2019 (MacRumors)


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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.