The week in wearable tech

All the biggest news from the last seven days
The week in wearable tech

Between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the world of wearable tech has moved from idle to manic in a matter of hours. If you're not out hunting for some bargains - and working off the turkey in the process - you might want to catch up on any news you missed over the last seven days.

And you needn't look any further - here are the big headlines.

May the IFTTT be with you

The week in wearable tech

The Star Wars hype is ramping up again on the eve of Rogue One hitting cinemas, and we're sure to see BB-8, a star of Episode 7, on plenty of people's Christmas lists again - especially as the companion Force Band, which lets you control the droid by waving your hand, is now IFTTT compatible. This means you'll be able to control smart home devices with a simple gesture, like Obi-Wan Kenobi presumably does in his condo. You can see a few pre-set options over here.

Check out our guide of how to use the Force Band with BB-8, and our interview with creator Sphero on making some of the coolest connected toys of the year.

Pay day

The week in wearable tech

With Samsung opening up Samsung Pay to other Android phone users with the S3, Google has some catching up to do. This week we saw signs that Android Pay could be about to appear on smartwatches with hints in the new Google Play update. We expect it might not arrive until the Android Wear 2.0 update though, which has been pushed back to next year.

In the meantime, you can check out our updated roundup of the best apps for Android Wear.

First contact

The week in wearable tech

Alphabet is interested in health wearables, and one of its ongoing projects is a glucose-detecting contact lens for diabetes sufferers. It's very cool, very futuristic, and potentially very useful, but this week we learned that clinical trials for the lens have been delayed. "It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin," a spokesperson from partner company Novartis told Reuters. But fear not - things are still moving ahead.

"This is a very technically complex process and both sides are learning as we go along. We will provide updates at the appropriate time."

Snapbot finds a home

The week in wearable tech

Snapchat's Snapbot is still touring America delivering Spectacles to a chosen few, but this week it found a home in New York where it will remain until New Year's Eve. More machines are still popping up around the country, but the NYC pop-up means you'll have a better chance of bagging a pair. That said, demand is still big, so expect to be queuing for a while if you're planning to head over to Manhattan.

Meanwhile, we asked some Spectacles owners what they like about the wearable, and you can also read why Editor Michael Sawh thinks the Spectacles have made smartglasses desirable again.

<3 Pebble

The week in wearable tech

There were a lot of things we liked about the Pebble 2, but we found the heart rate tracking to be a bit off when out for a run. This week Pebble launched an update that not only improves the HR tech, but adds heart rate zones to the watch, letting you see how much time you spend in fat burn, endurance and performance.

Pebble's HR reader now also plays nice with third-party apps, while the update brings some new software features to both the Pebble 2 and Time models - including voice reminders. Check out our full Pebble 2 review for more on what we thought of the smartwatch.


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