The week in wearable tech

Thought wearable tech was done for the year? You thought wrong
The week in wearable tech

Wearable tech hasn't slowed down just yet. We've got a new Health platform from Pebble, fresh HTC Vive gear and plenty of future-gazing VR and AR news too. Read on for the biggest headlines in wearable tech this week and savour it all because it's CES rumours from now until January.

Pebble Health arrives on Time watches

Pebble is finally getting into activity and sleep tracking in a big way and it's enlisted Stanford to help. We chat to Pebble's Jacob Surber about the new feature. Plus Pebblers with an older device get Timeline UI this week.

Pebble got a slot in our list of the 50 gamechangers in wearable tech for 2016 for its upcoming Smartstraps. We also looked at the 2015 rumoured wearables that never actually made it. Talk about missing in action.

We also have a big, BIG, update to our best fitness tracker list. The Jawbone UP2 is now our recommendation for our best overall fitness tracker. Boom.

New HTC Vive and controller pics leak

New HTC Vive pictures leak

We've been waiting for CES to see the updated HTC Vive headset ahead of its April 2016 release date, but a leak from HTC has ruined the surprise.

Eagle-eyed spotters over at Reddit claim to have unearthed a couple of photos from HTC's website that show a refined version of the headset and controller.

This week we also updated our list of the best Oculus Rift games so far. Plus we rounded up 21 Star Wars wearables and talk to Ubisoft about its VR gaming plans for 2016.

Magic Leap wants $827m to make AR real

Magic Leap needs $827 million for AR tech

If this tech isn't amazing, there will be a lot of egg on a lot of big, tech faces. Magic Leap is raising $827 million to build its augmented reality tech. To add to the $542 million it's spent. AR costs the big bucks, guys.

Also this week, we get a bit more real with our Android Wear super guide and our Apple Watch missing manual.

NASA, PlayStation VR and space robots

NASA taps VR for space robot controls

In bonkers news this week, NASA is using Sony's PlayStation VR headset to train people to control space robots. The demo has the truly excellent name of Mighty Morphenaut and helps users anticipate floating objects.

Don't miss the VR films and experiences heading to Sundance 2016 as well as VirZoom, the VR exercise bike.

Crowdfund this

This medical grade face mask, MAPO, from French company Wired Beauty is looking to raise €40,000 on Kickstarter. Sensors detect your skin's moisture levels and heating zones built in. Clever.

In other face news this week, we check out the best Android Wear watch faces (including the fancy, new designer ones) and CastAR is delayed until 2017.

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