And finally: Samsung Gear S3 to become Gear VR controller

All the less credible stories of the week in one place
Gear S3 to control Gear VR

Welcome to another edition of And finally, our round up of the less credible and smaller wearable and connected technology stories of the week.

Every Sunday we gorge ourselves on rumour and speculation, after a week of lean news proteins and good wholesome grains of fact. And why not indeed? This week we have news on elephant wearables, Formula 1 and Donald Trump detectors… but first, something from Samsung.

Samsung Gear watches to control Gear VR

Opening the rumour mill this week is a new report that Samsung is working on an app to enable users to control its Gear VR headset with a smartwatch app. SamMobile reports that an app for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2 is imminent, which could offer a large degree of control in the VR world. Details are light, but that could be in-game control, or a way of swapping between VR apps without coming out of the headset.

Check out our review of the second edition Samsung Gear VR, or if you're looking for the best VR headset to buy this Christmas, make sure you read our hot new review of the PlayStation VR headset.

Elephant fitness trackers hit US zoos

A new study in US zoos has put fitness trackers onto elephants to gain data about their habits and effects of their living conditions. By monitoring steps of 255 elephants via a Fitbit-style device but with built-in GPS, researchers found that it wasn't the size of the enclosure or how far they were walking everyday but social interactions that affected welfare. Zoo keepers are now being trained to monitor the elephants daily activity via a tablet.

Check out other altruistic examples of wearable tech use in our Saves the Day section, which is also being rewarded in the Wareable Tech Awards 2016.

McLaren F1 wearable tech

Formula 1 team McLaren has confirmed it's set to use wearable tech in its race suits. Japan Times reports that the team is set to use Hitoe sensor clothing to monitor the working time of its put crew and ensure the team are in peak physical condition. The technology is capable of sensing heart rate and other biometrics, and looks to be introduced in the 2017 season.

Check out our in-depth look at wearable tech in football and discover how the introduction of wearables into baseball isn't going completely to plan.

Caterpillar wearable aims to stop accidents

Much like the McLaren wearable, heavy industry behemoth Caterpillar has also created a tracker to predict when accidents will happen. It's not a miracle worker or fortune teller, however. Equipment World (first for all your equipment needs) reports that the device monitors movement using an accelerometer. Beyond working out that a lack of movement means the user has fallen asleep at the helm of heavy machinery, it learns the user's movements and sleep patterns to determine when they're fatigued and alertness has fallen.

It's an admirable notion, but one that means employees giving up a lot of data. Corporate schemes have been hampered by people's unwillingness to give employers that level of insight into their lives. Check out our in-depth look at wearable tech and privacy as well as the best sleep trackers.

iDonald watch to save us from Trump

We said that And Finally was about the less credible wearable stories of the week, but it's also about the downright bonkers. We found the iDonald on a trawl of Indiegogo looking for cool wearable campaigns and…wow.

Essentially an unbadged Samsung Gear 2 from 2014, iDonald smartwatch dedicated to apologising for Donald Trump (impossible, we know; nothing has that much battery life) and stopping his rise to the White House. iDonald is one of those crowdfund campaigns that's just for the lulz, but that hasn't stopped two iDonalds being ordered. It even comes with a proper spec sheet that reveals its 1.2GHz dual core processor and Android 4.4.2 OS. iDonald, do your work.

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1 Comment

  • Samnet says:

    How pathetic, a liberal wareable.  Smoke another bong so you can kill some more brain cells and become mute!

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