W|W: The Wearable Weekly – Wearable Happy Meals

Wearable Happy Meals

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

Two-thirds (65%) of wearables intenders agree that “Wearables technology will positively impact daily life,” says IDC survey (Business Wire)

WebMD survey finds millennials and seniors most likely to use wearable fitness trackers (MobiHealthNews)

Deutsche Bank analyst likens current VR space to the smartphone space nine years ago (Bloomberg)

Technavio Expects the Global Industrial Wearable Devices Market to Exceed USD 5 Billion by 2019 (Business Wire)

Wearable Device Shipments to Reach 560 Million Units Annually by 2021, according to Tractica (Business Wire)

Consumers’ Use of Health Apps and Wearables Doubled in Past Two Years, Accenture Survey Finds (Business Wire)


Device Announcements

X2 Biosystems unveils the X-Patch Pro wearable head impact monitor (SportTechie)

Siren Care developed smart sock for people with diabetes (i4U)

Lumobodytech launches standalone sensor for running shorts (Wareable)

Meta opens pre-orders for Meta 2 (We Are Wearables)

Intel working on augmented reality headset (WSJ)


Funding, Crowdfunding & M&A

DAQRI acquires 1066 labs (TechCrunch)


Major Milestones

Biofeedback game Nevermind Adds Support for Apple Watch including Affectiva’s Emotion Sensing tech and Tobii EyeX Controller (Gamasutra)

Open-source alternative to Android Wear emerges (PC World)

Neato’s vacuum robot gets an Apple Watch app (Stuff)

McDonald’s launches Happy Meal container that turns into Google Cardboard (Fortune)

Google Store adds virtual reality category selling devices (9to5 Google)

Nymi and NPX Semiconductors team up to demo physical access and payments using NPX’s secure element technology (Marketwire)

Pebble cuts the price of the Time and Time Round (MobileSyrup)

IBM launches Watson Health Cloud for HealthKit, Apple Watch SleepHealth as first app (9to5 Mac)

Virtual Reality coming to Six Flags rollercoasters (MobileSyrup)

Facer launches for Apple Watch (TechCrunch)


Rumours

Disney patents magnetic toys that interact with smart devices (Tech Times)


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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.