The week in wearable tech

Black Friday happened and the wearable tech news world kept spinning this week
The week in wearable tech

So you didn't whip yourself up into a wearable tech deals frenzy yesterday. Black Friday has been and gone, though there is still Cyber Monday to look forward to. For those who know that there's decent discounts year round on wearables, here's a shot of sober, refined, good old fashioned news for you.

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

Fossil Q Founder hits shops

Fossil Q Founder on sale now

This fashionable $275 Android Wear device has hit stores in the US in time for Christmas. The Q Founder is a bit of a Moto 360 lookalike, even down to the annoying dead area at the bottom of the screen.

We promised ourselves we wouldn't mention it again but there are some decent Black Friday and Cyber Monday smartwatch deals left. This week we updated our Apple Watch 2 rumour round-up and took a look at the best Swiss smartwatches so far.

Google built a Star Trek communicator...

Google built a Star Trek communicator

... And then ditched it. The wearable communicator was designed to give easy voice access to search and Google Now. But it never left Google's labs, instead the closest thing we've seen in real life is the OnBeep Onyx.

In our big feature this week, we asked why are tech companies like Google altruistic and what's in it for them? We also delved into the price of wearables and found the best kit for your connected garden.

Fitbit Surge and Charge HR get auto exercise detection

Fitbit Surge and Charge HR updated

The new SmartTrack feature for the Surge and Charge HR knows when you work out and what you're doing. It recognises activity like running, cycling and walking where there is continuous movement. PurePulse heart rate tracking is also improved in this latest firmware update.

Worrying news from the EU this week, its new regulation plans could hurt Fitbit's chances, and the whole health and fitness category. Our how to looks at picking the best Garmin watch for your specific needs and we've also got a bunch of Moov Now tips for anyone who owns that excellent device.

Star Wars is coming to Google Cardboard

Star Wars gets Google Cardboard experience

On 2 December, in fact. Pencil that date in your diary if you own a Cardboard VR viewer - there's a The Force Awakens tie-in coming and it's a series. And there's exclusive content. Yep.

We updated our list of the best Cardboard apps, games and experiences so let us know what we've missed. Plus we spoke to the CEO of LucidCam about he is trying to make sure we can all shoot 180-degree home videos for VR.

Crowdfund this


The Juvo sleep tracker, currently raising funds on Indiegogo, is our crowdfunding pick this week.

It uses a sensor that slips under your mattress and tracks movement, breathing, light and noise disturbance as well as light, deep and REM sleep. The real clever bit is that Juvo then suggests what time to set your alarm and what temperature to have your bedroom. Pick one up for $149 as an early bird.

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