The week in wearable tech

A bumper week for news stories on Wareable first
The week in wearable tech

Wareable hit Web Summit 2015 in Dublin this week where we chatted to wearable tech and VR CEOs on stage, got the scoop on new devices and drank some Guinness.

Here's the biggest stories with some juicy exclusives about future wearables.

New Withings Activité revealed

This almost ready Withings Activité tracker is made of steel but priced alongside the Activité Pop, so around $150. Withings CEO Cédric Hutchings gave Wareable a first look before announcing a new MyFitnessPal partnership.

Withings certainly fits into the trend of people wearing tech even if they don't fully use it to its features potential. Wearable tech is now a legitimate fashion statement - we're just surprised we didn't have to wait longer. Another big surprise is how far Samsung has come with its smartwatches, check our Samsung Gear S2 review for the full verdict.

Also news just in this weekend, the Xiaomi Mi Band 1S with heart rate monitoring is now official.

Two new Misfit wearables ready for CES

New Misfit Shine 2 lands

...in January and only one of them is an activity tracker, according to Misfit CEO Sonny Vu. At the UK launch of the Shine 2, he also confirmed that Misfit tracking is "coming soon" to Android Wear watches.

If you can't wait till January, have a look at our wearable tech deals of the week for some bargains on trackers and watches. And if you're a little more serious about fitness than just activity and sleep tracking, you'll like our look at chest strap vs wrist based heart rate monitoring.

Microsoft is building a Cortana hearable

We've got all the details on an upcoming Microsoft Cortana wearable. It's still in the early stages but we should hear and see more about this Moto Hint-style device later in 2015.

More future gazing on the site this week as we take an in-depth look at the future of fertility tracking with apps, services and wearable tech. Plus we look at the best HomeKit tech that's ready for your smart home now.

Palmer Luckey: VR bigger than phones

Sporting a Honolulu casual look at Web Summit, the Oculus boss predicted that VR and AR devices will supplant the smartphone, though maybe not even in the next 10 years. Read on for more bold Luckey claims.

Another CEO who wasn't exactly being shy with his predictions about the future of wearable computing was Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky. He confirmed to us that Pebble's Timeline UI is coming to older Pebbles in December as an opt in beta and we got some hands on time with the lovely new Pebble Round too.

Elsewhere in VR, we got more eyes-on time with the consumer Oculus Rift edition and Toybox plus we took a look at the must watch TED Talks on virtual reality.

Crowdfund this

Best wearable crowdfund projects

Pebble's CEO also told us that they are "in this for the long haul" and a big part of that is making the hardware for the Pebble Time open.

This starts with Smartstraps and our crowdfund pick this week is Ripple, a solar powered strap for the Pebble smartwatch that is looking for funding on Kickstarter now. It's $59 but you'll have to wait until August next year for shipping.

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