W|W: The Wearable Weekly – VR’s billion-dollar business

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

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans will use a wearable device by 2021, says Forrester report (ZDNET)

FitBit has engaged in 200 clinical studies based on more than 2 billion minutes of Fitbit data  (Buzzfeed)

74 percent of PC or console gamers said they planned to buy a VR device says new survey (Playstation Lifestyle)

54 percent of users driven to wearables by reward features, says PwC study (Mediapost)

Oculus has funded 70 VR games and experiences (UploadVR)

Virtual Reality a $674 billion business reality, says global payment processing provider Payscout (Benzinga)


Device Announcements

Doppler mood-altering wearable shipping delayed to October (Wareable)

PSVR to launch in China in October (UploadVR)

Pokemon Go Plus delayed until September (PC World)

Fove unveils new design for its eye-tracking VR headset (TechCrunch)

SMI launches HTC Vive with high performance eye tracking (PR Newswire)

TicWatch 2 launches on Kickstarter (TechCrunch)

Phillips announces new line of connected wearables (Slashgear)

Intel will offer details about its Remote EyeSight smart glasses at Intel Developer Forum next month (ComputerWorld)


Funding & M&A

HTC Vive X startups announced (UploadVR)


Major Milestones

SketchFab launches new VR features including “View in VR” button for the web (UploadVR)

Deloitte and Vandrico team up on wearable database (PSFK)

Square Enix launches its first RPG game for the Apple Watch (Engadget)

Technicolor opens media center to build AR/VR (Engadget)

Nest adds Apple Watch support (The Verge)

HTC Vive X accelerator opens Shenzhen location (TechCrunch)

Minecraft getting Oculus Rift support (The Verge)

Unity 5.4 Officially Releases With Streamlined Multiplatform VR Support (UploadVR)


Rumours

Samsung Gear S3 rumored to debut at IFA in the September (Tech Times)

FitBit Flex 2 rumored to be released at IFA later this year (TechRadar)

Skully AR Helmet shuts down (TechCrunch)

Digital crown may come to the iPad (Fortune)

Xiaomi to launch VR headset this week (Android Headlines)

Samsung Gear VR expected to be unveiled this week at Samsung event, this may be a sneak peek (TechCrunch)

Apple Watch 2 to have thinner display (Cult of Mac)

The FCC Certifies Nixon’s Android Wear Smartwatch (Android Headlines)


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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.