Week in wearable tech: CES 2016 special

A round-up of all the major stories from a jam packed week for wearables
Week in wearable tech: CES 2016

Wow, what a week it's been in the ever-growing world of wearable tech. We've seen a plethora of new devices going live over in Las Vegas at CES 2016 – make sure you check out our best in show picks.

And read on for a summary of the major news from the world's biggest tech expo….

VR gets serious

Major VR announcements are nothing like buses. Nothing at all. That's be a silly comparison. Just too abstract.

What is apparent, though, is that CES week has seen two major VR announcements come at once. Firstly we now know the price and release date for Oculus Rift: March and $500.

And secondly, the HTC Vive Pre (yes, they have added a bit onto the name) is newly redesigned. We got hands-on with the second-gen Vive over in Vegas and it's better than ever. We also spoke to HTC's Daniel O'Brien about what that new front-facing camera means. Mixed-reality, apparently.

Here's everything you need to know about HTC Vive.

Misfit gets stylish

2015 was a bumper year for Misfit. And it's kicked-off 2016 with a bang by launching the Misfit Ray - an activity tracker that moves away from the circular shaped design found on the Misfit Shine 2 and Flash, for something that looks more like a bracelet.

Check out our Misfit Ray hands-on review for our first impressions.

We said hearables would be a breakout theme for 2016 in our Wareable 50 and it didn't take long for Misfit to get in on the act by also announcing the Specter headphones at CES 2016.

Fitbit gets slaughtered

Fitbit has had a mixed week. After unveiling the Fitbit Blaze at CES 2016 its share price took a hammering. Our editor Michael Sawh explains why right here.

The Blaze itself is a sports tracker packing a colour LCD screen. It's no smartwatch. Read our Blaze hands-on for more info.

And, of that's not bad enough, Fitbit has also been targeted with a class action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart rate tracking.

Tough week.

Fitbit has a lot to learn. That's just one of five things we learned at CES 2016.

Android Wear gets sporty

There were no Android Wear revelations from the usual suspects but a couple of new sporty smartwatches were detailed at CES 2016.

The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 is an Android Wear smartwatch for outdoorsy types who are looking for a waterproof (to 50m), shockproof and vibration proof wearable that's certified to US military standards.

Due to launch in April, all that tech doesn't come cheap as the WSD-F10 will sell for $500.

Apparel giant New Balance also announced that it's launching a running focused Android Wear smartwatch in 2016.

The as-yet unnamed device will feature GPS and built-in storage for smartphone free music listening, which will put it head-to-head with the new Moto 360 Sport.

Under Armour gets techy

We expected Under Armour to have a big say in wearables this year after spending big bucks on a host of big fitness apps.

The US sports giant unveiled a family of fitness hardware under a new HealthBox line. The headline-grabbing device is the UA Band fitness tracker.

With a look that's very HTC Grip - not surprising given the Taiwanese mobile giant is a design partner - the Band is capable of all the usual activity tracking features we'd expect to see including step counting and sleep monitoring, and it also promises to measure resting heart rate.

Under Armour weren't the only company with new fitness trackers on show - Withings unleashed the E Ink Go and Fossil revealed its latest Q watch / tracker hybrid.

Sphero gets cuter

This isn't major news by any stretch but we couldn't not mention the Force Band controller for the already brilliant BB-8 toy.

So. Much. Fun.


For all the CES 2016 news in depth, head over to the dedicated CES homepage now.

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