The week in wearable tech

Welcome to our weekly round up of the biggest stories in wearable tech
The week in wearable tech

Welcome to our weekly round-up of the hottest happenings in the world of wearables.

This week, we gave our verdict on the Tag Heuer Connected Android Wear watch, revealed our annual Wareable 50 watchlist for 2016 and a major fitness tracking company has been teasing plans for future products.

Read on for all the big stories of the week.

Fitbit CEO: More sensors, coaching coming

In the same week we've been busy having our say on what the next twelve months has in store for wearable tech, Fitbit's CEO and co-founder James Park has also been talking up the company's next generation trackers.

Top of the new features list appears to be sensors that better measure stress and blood pressure. What's more promising is talk of how Park wants to start helping users making more sense of the data. It's definitely an area Fitbit needs to work on and we hope that's it's high up on that priority list for 2016.

Looking to buy a Fitbit this Christmas? Check out our Fitbit trackers comparison. You can also take a look at our updated look at the best fitness tracker for some more helpful advice.

HTC Vive up for pre-order in February

Big news for VR fans as it was announced this week that the HTC Vive headset would be going on sale in April 2016 and that Vive pre-orders will open up in February.

The headset, which is built in collaboration with Valve, was supposed to land this year. Now Vive fans will have to wait a little longer for the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR rival. HTC also confirmed it will be hosting a developer conference before the end of the year and plans to show off the latest version at CES in January. It's all very exciting.

We spoke to Valve developer Chet Faliszek about Vive, VR and how it's going to change gaming in a big way. If you want to sample virtual reality at home this year, here's our pick of the best Gear VR apps.

Timeline UI coming to classic Pebbles

Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel owners rejoice, you'll soon be able to browse through old notifications and upcoming dates in your busy schedule.

Pebble had always promised it would bring the Timeline UI to its older line of smartwatches and it's coming as part of a firmware update later this month. It's available in beta for Android phone users with the full version landing before the end of December.

If you're thinking about picking up Pebble this Christmas, you can find a pretty good offer in our wearable tech deals of the week. It's also worth checking out our smartwatch buyers guide for a little extra advice on what to look out for.

Tag planning diamond and gold smartwatches

Look out Apple, the Swiss watchmaker is already planning on growing the Tag Connected family and has been talking of adding more glitzier (and no doubt more expensive) models to the range.

That comes off the back of the news that tag is upping production on its Connected Android Wear watch to meet the growing demand. It looks like 2016 could be the year that traditional watchmakers fight back in a big way.

Also in the world of Google smartwatches, we've tried out the best Moto 360 straps, picked our favourite Android Wear apps plus the Omate Rise raised big bucks with a 48-hour Indiegogo campaign.

#Trending: Bestsellers made smart

Speaking of Tag's first smartwatch, in this week's #Trending Wareable's Features Ed Sophie looks at how some of the bestselling watches and accessories are getting great tech makeovers. Finally, good-looking wearables are on their way.

Crowdfund this

Pivot is a tennis wearable that aims to improve your game on the court. It's already raised $72,000 on Indiegogo, which is just short of its $75,000 goal with 40 days to run on the campaign. Using multiple sensors to track a player's motion, it'll deliver useful metrics on aspects like footwork and body position.

You'll need to cough up $249 for the entry level Challenger package or you can go big and buy the Grand Slam package, which includes 14 sensors.

It's almost Christmas...

...and shame on you if you haven't done any of your shopping. If you're still struggling for some inspiration, we've put together our top Christmas gifts for cyclists our Christmas gift guide for runners and you should be able to find a few more wearable Christmas ideas. Now get shopping.

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