The week in wearable tech

All the stories from the past week in wearable tech
The week in wearable tech

In another edition of The Week in Wearable Tech we round up all the stories you might of missed form the last seven days.

It's been a quiet week for big launches, what with MWC 2015 just weeks away now, but it's still been an interesting one. LG made its first contribution to the increasingly fun world of VR with its Cardboard-compatible headset. We got some intriguing figures on who won the first smartwatch sales battle in 2014 and some advice from Fitbit on its skin irritation issues. And we celebrated Valentine's Day the Wareable way with a brilliant account of speed dating wearing Google Glass.

LG gives its VR headset away for free

We can't get enough of VR this week and neither it seems can LG. It announced VR for G3, its own take on the DIY Google Cardboard headset for its flagship smartphone, the LG G3. The best bit? It will be given away free to new G3 buyers. If you've already made your own, why not check out our fully refreshed and updated round-up of the best Google Cardboard apps, games and demos to try?

We've also been playing the best Samsung Gear VR apps this week, rating the best VR headsets and pondering what VR means for the future of storytelling after a visit to the Sundance Film Festival.

Lukewarm Android Wear sales

Samsung and Pebble did OK at the back end of 2014, making up most of the 4.6m smartwatches sold in the last six months of the year. Android Wear, not so much, with just 720,000 units sold, mostly made up of the popular Moto 360. HTC, too, is rumoured to be shunning the mobile OS for its first smartwatch.

Still, Android Wear isn't set in stone, expect more announcements at Google I/O in May and even sooner, new devices at Mobile World Congress. For now, here's our definitive ranking of the best smartwatches and, more specifically, the best Android Wear watches.

Celebrities, too, favour the Pebble it seems - in our list of celebrities wearing wearables, we only spotted one Moto 360 versus lots of Pebbles and fitness trackers.

Maybe, then, battery life is Android Wear's main issue. We discuss the death of charging and some innovative new methods of powering wearables in the latest edition of #Trending, our weekly look at the hottest trends in wearable technology.

'Women can take wearable tech mainstream'

That's according to Claude Aldridge, co-founder of modular smart jewellery startup Trellie. Read our interview to find out why partnerships with big names like Marc Jacobs and Macy's might mean Trellie-powered jewellery, buzzing and lighting up when you get calls and alerts, hitting fashion stores in 2015.

With exciting new tech from the likes of the Keep Beat smart sports bra and posture improving wearables, we're inclined to agree with Claude.

Elsewhere, we sent Kate Solomon to the front line of social interaction - speed dating - armed only with Google Glass to see how it affected her flirting game in the run up to Valentine's Day. Have a read to find out if she bagged a date.

Fitbit Charge still causing rashes

We experienced these Fitbit skin irritation issues, too, though only one out of three Wareable editors has had a problem. Fitbit's advice this week? Keep it clean, dry, loose and give your wrist a break.

Read our Fitbit Charge HR review to find out how we got on with the activity tracking and heart rate monitoring as well as our list of the best fitness trackers you can buy. Struggling to meet your goals? We speak to Performance Labs' Waynne Dartnall about virtual coaching in the first in our Meet the Boss series.

Crowdfund this

You're itching to pledge money to make a fresh-faced wearable tech device reality aren't you? Then check out our weekly hit of the best crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This week, it's Smartstones, the wearable stone that lets you send coded touch-based messages to loved ones.

Also check out the Tago Arc E Ink bracelet that never needs charging - we first featured the Arc last week and the really smart bracelet has already hit its Indiegogo target.

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