The week in wearable tech

All the biggest and most important stories of the week in one place
The week in wearable tech

Apple's event in San Francisco this week dominated the news, with new Watch finishes, a collaboration with Hermès and news on watchOS 2 all making an appearance.

Add more Samsung Gear S2 news and a big update from Jawbone and it's a bumper week in wearables.

watchOS 2 set for 16 September release

Apple watchOS 2 lands 16 September

Apple's major update to the Apple Watch is set to drop next week with native apps, more widgets and a new Pebble Time-like feature called Time Travel. Check out all the big improvements and why it matters in our news story.

If you can't afford a Cupertino smartwatch, then check out our 13 Apple Watch alternatives for iOS. And if you are waiting patiently for the update, check out our Apple watchOS 2 guide as well as our list of all 50 designs, including the new finishes and straps if it's time to change up the look of your Watch already.

Jawbone UP2 and UP3 get major updates

Jawbone UP3 and UP2 major updates

After a host of mediocre reviews, Jawbone has announced a big upgrade to its fitness tracker line-up, with a host of new designs to boot. Passive heart rate monitoring and auto sleep detection are now on board, amongst other upgrades.

Check out our original Jawbone UP2 and Jawbone UP3 reviews to see what we moaned about when we first got our hands on the fitness trackers - these will be updated to reflect the big updates very soon. We've also been asking what happened to smart clothes in fitness?

The Moto 360 that never was

Moto 360 2 'value tier' gets scrapped

After the unveiling of the new Moto 360 last week, there might still be a cheaper, funkier model still to be released. The so-called value tier 360 was leaked in the form of a concept image by a Motorola designer. It would have had a plastic trim and gone without the heart rate monitor.

We've also updated our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy and the best watches on the horizon. It's also worth out checking out our guide to what you need to know about the Samsung Gear S2.

Samsung SmartThings lands in the UK

Samsung SmartThings launches in UK

UK homes just got smarter with SmartThings: Samsung's starter smart home kit, a new hub and motion, presence and power sensors too.

This week we also looked at a new technology which can track your carbon footprint around the home with wearables, Nest vs Honeywell in the battle of the smart thermostats as well as the best mobile VR headsets for which you might need a new games room.

Crowdfund this

Our crowdfunding pick this week is the Nucli smart lock. With over two weeks left on its campaign, the team has already smashed its target - no wonder as it's packed with features. The usual digital entry features are included as well as remote controls like seeing and speaking to people at the door when you are away from home via a camera.

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