W|W – The Wearable Weekly: VR Migraines & Baseball wearables

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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

Global smart glasses for industrial applications to post a CAGR of 146.3% until 2020, according to Technavio (Business Wire)

62% Of Apple Watch owners will buy the next model just because (TechTimes)


Device Announcements

MUV launches wearable interaction device BIRD in Japan (PR Newswire)

Adidas debuts ZONE, a wearable for PE students at school (Engadget)

Xiaomi first smartwatch expected to launch Q2 2016 (FirstPost)

CrowdOptic launches smartglasses CrowdOptic Eye (Tech.co)


Major Milestones

MLB approves two wearable devices for in-game use (Engadget)

Pebble smartwatch gets text message replies with Verizon iPhones (The Verge)

Ikea launches a pilot VR app for the HTC Vive (The Verge)

Smartmedical launches EmoWatch, the first vocal emotion recognition app for Apple Watch (PR Newswire)

Object Theory launches Mixed Reality collaboration solution for Microsoft HoloLens (Windows Central)

HTC Vive gets a companion app to deliver notifications in Virtual Reality (NDTV)

Excederin launches augmented realty campaign to let others experience a migraine (PR Newswire)

Apple sells Hermes Apple Watch bands separately (TechCrunch)

Pfizer, IBM partner to create wearable sensors system to study disease progression in people with Parkinson’s (MobiHealthNews)

BMW using HTC Vive to design new cars (Engadget)


Rumours

Apple granted a patent for synchronized, interactive Augmented Reality displays (Patently Apple)

Samsung patents smart contact lens with built-in camera (Mashable)

Apple Watch patent suggests gesture controls may come to Apple Watch (ZDNET)

Apple Watch 2 will be 40 percent slimmer (Cult of Mac)


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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.