The week in wearable tech

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The week in wearable tech

We’re beginning to sound like a broken record during our regular weekly roundups of the biggest news on Wareable.

But we promise, it really has been another bumper week for wearable tech, with big name product launches and some highly anticipated smartwatches finally going on sale.

So let’s jump right in with the biggest wearable tech news of the week….

Jawbone unleashes new tracking duo

Fitbit the week before, Jawbone this. That's right, we're talking about new lines of fitness trackers – with Jawbone lifting the covers off of a pair of new wearables this week.

First up is the Jawbone UP3, the company's latest flagship device that will go on sale this winter. The UP3 is joined by a Misfit Flash rivalling budget tracker labelled the Jawbone UP MOVE.

You can see what the UP MOVE is up against by checking out our Misfit Flash review and also our pick of the best budget activity trackers.

HP smartwatch hits online fashion store

Back in August we told you how HP wanted to add a tech twist on the traditional timepiece and now we have the fruits of that ambition with the HP smartwatch being officially unveiled.

The 44mm stainless steel smartwatch is officially called the MB Chronowing and packs smart features such as email, text and app notifications.

It's the latest traditional looking watch to merge with connected tech and the stunning looking Kairos smartwatches were also detailed this week.

Rival Korean devices finally go on sale

Two big smartwatches hitting the shops this week, direct from Korea. First up is the long awaited Samsung Gear S, which of course blurs the boundaries of smartwatch and smartphone by including a SIM card slot - it went on sale on Friday priced at a whopping £329 in the UK. US cell carriers are also offering it at various price-points with various data contract deals.

Next up is the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch so far - the LG G Watch R. It hit Google Play and Amazon this week, costing £225 in the UK and $299 in the land of the free.

You can see how the Gear S compares to the Sony SmartWatch 3 here and also click the link to see how the LG G Watch R fares against the Moto 360 - its circular Android Wear rival.

Fitbit opens the door to Apple Health

Much has been made of the fact that the Fitbit ecosystem isn't Apple Health compatible, with reports even suggesting that Fitbit's decision to go it alone led to the Cupertino company pulling Fitbit devices from its stores.

However, Wareable spoke to Fitbit's Gareth Jones this week and he told us there was still a chance Fitbit and Apple Health could become a happy union. Click here to read the full interview.

Fitbit has a couple of juicy new launches coming our way, of course. You can read all about the Fitbit Surge here and check-out all the details on the Fitbit Charge models right here.

Crowdfund this

There's nothing too ground breaking about this week's subject of Crowdfund this: Our weekly look at the world of wearable tech startups seeking funding.

The Nightro Athletic smart clothing is designed to offer 360 degree visibility for runners of cyclists, with the reflective print t-shirts made from a conductive fabric that allows a charge to be taken from a battery pack to a pair of LED lights.

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