The week in wearable tech

A big seven days for fresh devices - here's what you need to know
The week in wearable tech

This week was a big'un for new wearables with fresh devices from Garmin, Fossil and Misfit. Alongside the new smartwatches and trackers, we also got new UK info about the much anticipated rotating bezelled-Gear S2 and a whole bunch of promising crowdfunding projects.

Here's the big stories you need to read this week.

Garmin unveils new Forerunner family

Garmin unveils new Forerunner family

Garmin came to the party with its annual update of running watches, and in the process ditched Mio's heart rate tech. This trio of GPS running watches packs formidable metrics and includes the new flagship Garmin Forerunner 630.

In this week's #Trending, we take a look at the current trend of putting bpm metrics on the wrist - who is doing it well and who is getting things wrong. We also discuss whether wearable tech needs a killer app and round up the best wearable tech deals of the week.

Fossil reveals its Q line of accessories

Fossil's new line-up of connected accessories includes an Android Wear smartwatch - the Fossil Q Founder - as well as a non-display watch and smart bracelets for men and women. The accessories will go on sale from 25 October from $175.

Or will you wait for the Tag Heuer Connected which also packs Intel tech? That luxury smartwatch is arriving on 12 November so not long to wait. Read about more upcoming smartwatches in our comprehensive list of the next-gen devices to expect in 2015 and 2016.

Misfit Shine 2 is a fine-tuned tracker

New Misfit Shine 2 lands

This new fitness tracker is certainly more evolutionary than revolutionary but the Misfit Shine 2 boasts a smaller design, improved algorithms and IFTTT integration.

In a week that saw Jawbone winning a lawsuit against Fitbit, we put together our ten essential ingredients needed to build our ultimate fitness tracker. Plus we took the TomTom Spark out for review in our test of the watch that's made for music-loving runners.

Samsung Gear S2 hits UK shops on 12 Nov

Gear S2 hits UK shops 12 November

Samsung's new smartwatch goes up for UK pre-order on 29 October for £249 for the regular version and £299 for the Classic before it lands in selected shops on 12 November.

Check out our in-depth guide to the Gear S2 and our hands on review ahead of our full Samsung Gear S2 review which will land on very soon. If Tizen doesn't tickle your fancy, try our round-up of the best Android Wear smartwatches.

Crowdfund this

This week's crowdfunding pick is Scienverse, a VR platform that allows developers to place apps and games within a virtual world. It's sounds hella futuristic. You can meet other users/players' avatars then take part in experiences and games with them. To make it real, pledge $49 and in return you'll get access to the beta coming in September 2016.

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