The week in wearable tech

The biggest news stories from a jam packed week in wearables
The week in wearable tech

We may all have eyes on Barcelona now, with our gaze firmly fixed on MWC and the wearable goodies the mobile expo is bound to throw up but, before the madness begins let's reflect on what's been a ridiculously busy week.

We've seen Kickstarter records broken, Android Wear get a kick in the teeth and the beginnings of a Swiss invasion. Read on for all the biggest wearable headlines of the week...

Pebble Time lands with a bang

It was a huge week for Pebble fans. First, the Pebble Time was officially announced, then we found out that the new Pebble Timeline OS was set to hit original Pebble models and then the Kickstarter records started to tumble.

The Pebble Time remains faithful to the things that made the first Pebble great - an affordable price tag, an impressive seven day battery life, iOS and Android compatibility - while at the same time adding some serious upgrades to the platform.

How does it compare to the current best smartwatches on sale?

Swiss smartwatches incoming

We know that Tag has a smartwatch almost ready to go but it's legendary watchmaker Mondaine who became the first to the Swiss smartwatch post - the Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart was announced on Friday and will go on show for the first time at Baselworld next month.

The Horological Smartwatch Open Platform will see a raft of new Swiss made smartwatches arriving in the near future from the likes of Frederique Constant and Alpina.

Will this affect Apple Watch sales we wonder? We asked some industry experts if the Cupertino smartwatch would be a hit or not.

LG ditches Android Wear

LG unveiled a second LG Watch Urbane smartwatch on Thursday; one packing 4G connectivity and its makers claim it's the first LTE smartwatch on the market.

The big news is that, unlike the LG Watch Urbane, the LTE version ditches Android Wear, in favour of a proprietary OS.

Is Android Wear facing exile already?

Google ponders Jawbone investment

It's looking likely that Jawbone is a prime investment target for Google, with reports suggesting the search giant is considering making a strategic investment in the San Francisco brand.

With recent speculation suggesting Jawbone has cash-flow problems, and the delay problems the UP3 tracker has faced, Google's purported investment looks perfectly timed.

Crowdfund this

This week's crowdfunding focus was the UnaliWear Kanega Watch, which is designed to help the elderly when they're out and about.

It packs all the usual features you'd expect from a wearable with its target demographic but also adds a handy directions assistant for situations where the user might be lost. This function uses voice guidance, with the wearer able to talk to their watch to ask for help.

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