And finally: The Super Mario Bros watch and more...

The wearable tech news murmurs and blips for the last seven days
Super Mario Bros watch and more...

It's been a juggernaut of a week for wearable tech with Black Friday offering up a feast of smartwatch and fitness tracker bargains.

It's also been a busy week, news wise, so make sure you take a look at our roundup of the biggest headlines of the past seven days to catch up.

And read below for the smaller stories from the week you might have missed, kicking off with an awesome geektastic watch...

Super Mario Bros hits the wrist

Okay, technically, this isn't a smartwatch and it doesn't really fit our 'connected self' remit. But, how could we not tell you about this brilliant Mario Bros watch that has just gone live.

This limited edition Romain Jerome mechanical masterpiece, to celebrate 30 years of everyone's favourite plumber, can be yours for just $18,950. A bargain.

Shape shifting sneakers

Do you get frustrated when you go into the the sneaker store but are torn between different designs? Be torn no more as ShiftWear, "the most adaptable shoes you'll ever own", have just landed on Indiegogo.

These e-paper kicks have a 30-day battery life and you're able to customise the design using a companion smartphone app. Check out the video above for more info.

And be sure to check out our pick of the best crowdfunding campaigns and take a look at our feature on the most successful wearable tech projects so far.

Pebble Time gets SMS boost

If you're rocking a Pebble Time, a Time Steel or a Time Round and you're an AT&T postpaid subscriber then good news - you can now reply to text messages directly through your smartwatch.

Yes, we know this is pretty limited, but we're assured by the powers that be at Pebble that a wider rollout will follow.

In the meantime, check out our pick of the best Pebble apps.

LG has an image problem

It was rolling out to AT&T stores across America and reviews were in progress but LG decided to stop selling the Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE earlier this month. And now we know why.

According to the Telegraph, the dramatic recall was because of image issues.

"What we can share is that the hardware issue was related to a new advanced component that we had incorporated in the device that had never been used in an LG wearable device before," LG said.

"During aggressive testing over thousands of hours under severe conditions, it was revealed that this component failed to meet LG's quality standards and could potentially impact our image quality over the life of the device."

Oh dear. We were so looking forward to updating our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches too.


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