The week in wearable tech

All the big wearable stories of the week in one place
The week in wearable tech

All eyes may well be on next week and the possible arrivals of the Gear S3, Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit Charge 2 and more at IFA, but there's been plenty going on this week in the world of wearable tech.

If you love wearables, whether that's VR or fitness trackers, we've rounded up all the week's biggest and most important stories in one place

There's good news for Gear S2 owners, a collection of new Garmin watches and a smart home entry in this week's crowdfunding pick.

Read on to get this week's wearable tech news fix.

Jawbone loses to Fitbit in latest lawsuit

It's been a bad week for Jawbone as a judge ruled that Fitbit did not steal its rivals trade secrets.

Jawbone had accused Fitbit of poaching its staff, exploiting their inside knowledge of Jawbone's technology and infringing a number of patents. However, the judge found in favour of Fitbit, ruling that "no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret."

Fitbit CEO James Park said that Jawbone had attempted "to disrupt Fitbit's momentum to compensate for their own lack of success in the market."

The case has rumbled on for over a year, and it looks like this won't be the last of the legal wrangling between the two companies.

On the site this week, we meet a company that wants to pioneer women-first wearable tech, argue why there are too many VR standards and look at how wearables are playing nice with multiple platforms.

Gear S2 iOS support finally rolling out

It's been a long time coming, but Samsung has opened up a beta program to allow the Gear S2 to be paired to an iPhone.

Available for the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2, the beta program will let you pair the Samsung wearables to the iPhone. Much like Android Wear on iOS it's likely that some of the features best optimised for Samsung's own phones will not be supported.

The timing could have something to do with the arrival of the Samsung Gear S3 and possibly the Apple Watch 2 as well.

For smartwatch fans, we look at the five biggest challenges facing next gen smartwatches and spend more time with Ticwatch 2.

Topshop picks smart clothing winner

Topshop has chosen smart fabric startup The Crated as the winner of its first ever Top Pitch wearable tech bootcamp.

The winner will now get to now gets the chance to develop a "heated garment prototype" with the high street retailer's Design team.

The other two Top Pitch finalists were both connected accessories. First up, LA-based Luma Legacy and its smart charm jewellery which was joined by Pins Collective and its digital badge that can be customised in a companion app.

On the subject of smart clothing, we explore what's next for haptics in wearable tech and we speak to smart sock creators Owlet about making a big difference to little lives.

Garmin ups style stakes with Fenix Chronos

Garmin announced a new Fenix Chronos range, which sees the outdoor GPS sports watch get a luxurious makeover.

While the specs remain the largely the same as the Fenix 3, Garmin now offers a range of different finishes including titanium with brushed titanium band as well as a stainless steel model with a vintage leather band.

Unsurprisingly, the Chronos Collection does not come cheap. Find out how much in our full story.

In other fitness wearable news, Moov announced Strava integration, plus we pick our favourite running apps and James enters week 6 of his heart rate training diary.

Bold wants you to ditch the keys

This week's crowdfund pick is a smart lock. Yes, we know smart locks aren't new, but the Bold promises to make keyless entry to your home safer than other smart locks.

It features a motorless design, which reduces risk of mechanical failure, and has fewer weaknesses thanks to the omission of a manual key. If your smartphone dies there's a manual remote or you can grant friends or neighbours access.

Bold is motoring along nicely to its €120,000 target. The lock will cost €199 but early birds can grab one for €149.

If you love crowdfunding, we've picked out the most successful wearable and smart home campaigns of all time and we send out a search party for the crowdfunded wearables the world is still waiting for.


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$129.95
Huawei Watch
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