The week in wearable tech: IFA special

The biggest news and best reads you might have missed from a busy week in tech
The week in wearable tech

It's been a ridiculously busy week in the world of wearable tech as a result of Europe's biggest tech expo, IFA, taking place over in Berlin.

For all the IFA news and analysis be sure to check out our dedicated hub page but, if you're looking for a quick overview of what went on, simply read on.

Android Wear assault at IFA

Android Wear doubled in size over in Germany with three new devices on show. LG had already announced its G Watch R the week before and we got official confirmation of both the Asus ZenWatch and the Sony SmartWatch 3 at the show. We also, finally, got launch and price details for the Moto 360, which will cost £199 in the UK.

If you're still not sure what Android Wear is exactly, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide.

Fitness trackers get smarter

It wasn't just smartwatches getting a boost at the Berlin-based expo, there were also a couple of juicy fitness tracker launches as well.

Hot on the heels of the Sony SmartBand Talk, which packs an E Ink display, the Garmin Vivosmart offers users a combo of smartwatch and activity tracking features in one slick looking device. However, unlike the new Sony SmartBand, there are no calling features on the Vivosmart, although the awesome looking curved OLED display more than makes up for that.

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We also reviewed Adidas' latest fitness tracker this week - the miCoach Fit Smart.

Wearables get an injection of style

Samsung announced a partnership with Swarovski for a crystal-infused Gear S strap and another IFA 2014 wearable that is all about style is the Intel MICA.

Black watersnake skin, pearls from China and Madagascan lapis stones is what you’ll find on one and white watersnake skin, tiger’s eye from South Africa, and obsidian from Russia on the other. Priced at around $1,000, they will arrive in time for Christmas.

You can read all about every single wearable device that was unleashed at IFA in our full round-up.

Samsung teams up with Oculus for VR venture

The Samsung Gear VR gained officialdom over in Berlin at IFA 2014 - the virtual reality headset that takes on the likes of the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus...albeit with a little help from the former. As reported, Oculus is partnering up with Samsung for its VR venture - the Korean company worked with the Facebook-owned virtual reality specialist to develop the software aspects of the Gear VR.

We went eyes-on with the Gear VR during the week, have a read of our early thoughts.

Concept of the week

Jolt is a wearable sensor that alerts coaches – or parents, as it has been positioned – to dangerous head trauma that could need treatment.

The device itself is a small clip that goes inside a helmet, goggles or other headgear. Charged by Micro USB, it connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone app that warns the user that a dangerous impact has taken place. The app also included a cognitive test to check the player's wellbeing.

Next week could be massive for wearable tech with the iWatch expected to gain officialdom. Make sure you bookmark Wareable to make sure you keep up with all the Apple news.


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