The week in wearable tech

The must read headlines from a week in wearables
The week in wearable tech

A couple of long-time-comings in the past seven days as Blocks finally, finally hit Kickstarter (on its way to a million dollars, at least) and Swatch launches a contactless payments watch... in China.

Here's the biggest stories in wearable tech this week.

Back the Blocks modular smartwatch

Blocks modular smartwatch hits Kickstarter

Blocks smashed its Kickstarter target in one hour flat but you can still back it for $285 with four swappable modules or $195 with a plain band. The indie, underdog startup done good.

If you're intrigued as to how Blocks went from a team of engineering and design students to its Kickstarter campaign, check our in-depth feature on the story of Blocks including a chat with Blocks co-founder Alireza Tahmasebzadeh who hints at what's coming next. Elsewhere in smartwatches, we reviewed the Moto 360 2, sourced the best Moto 360 watch faces and updated our Tag Heuer Connected guide ahead of the 9 November launch.

AmpStrip cancelled, refunds begin

AmpStrip cancelled: Not shipping

FitLinxx's fitness plans end as it moves into the medical tech space. That means Indiegogo backers will get refunds and athletics will have to wait for stick-on stats.

While we hunt around for true AmpStrip competitors, check out the best waterproof fitness trackers, our Garmin Connect review and if you're looking to splash that refund money, our wearable tech deals of the week.

Swatch Bellamy payments watch lands

Well, it does if you live in China. The Swiss watchmaker launched this affordable watch for card-free NFC payments only. It's coming to the US and Switzerland soon too.

This Swatch doesn't have an LCD screen, a trend we've seen in smart jewellery. This week we take a look at all the new smart rings that have been appearing over the past few weeks, some with NFC payment capabilities.

Also read our Nest vs Canary vs Piper NV guide to find out what the best security camera is for you paired with our chat with Canary's CEO on how to catch burglars.

FIFA is creating a wearable tech standard

FIFA eyes official football wearable

FIFA is asking the makers of wearable sports trackers to disclose their tech as it looks to create a standard for wearable tech in football. Lazy players better watch out.

FIFA isn't the only institution getting involved with wearables this year, no less than the United Nations is making virtual reality documentaries for headsets like the Samsung Gear VR as fast as it can. This week we also take a look at the debate around social or solitary VR with directors from Oculus Story Studio and Sony's London Studio taking opposing sides.

Crowdfund this


Our crowdfund pick this week is Antelope which is now live on Indiegogo. It's connected compression smart clothing which the company claims can boost muscle strength and performance. Early bird body suits are $999 but you can get Antelope's calf guards for $225.

Also on crowdfunding sites this week is Shammane, a female focused smartwatch, and Vring, a voice controlled smart ring.

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