The week ​in wearable tech

All the big wearable technology stories of the week
The week ​in wearable tech

In this week's round-up, we have the latest on the Jawbone UP3's delays, more skin irritation woes for Fitbit and a new crowdfunding service that's got Kickstarter in its sights.

Read on for the biggest wearable technology stories of the week.

Crowdedrocket takes aim at Kickstarter

This week saw the launch of new crowdfunding platform called Crowdedrocket, which aims to take on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with new wearable tech projects. We caught up exclusively with the CEO John Gotts, who told us that the company was focusing on projects that were likely to succeed, and helping startups with marketing and PR, to increase their chances of success.

We’ve highlighted the dangers of crowdfunding in the past, and Indiegogo is currently exploring an optional insurance for would-be backers. You can also read our weekly wearable crowdfunding picks.

Fitbit Charge faces skin irritation accusations

The curse of Fitbit is coming back to haunt the wearable company, as a trickle of new complaints about skin rashes overshadow the launch of the new Fitbit Charge.

The Fitbit Force was recalled earlier this year when the adhesive was proven to be irritating user’s skin, and the company responded to the latest wave of criticism by claiming that users needed to make sure they took a break from their devices.

You can read our Fitbit Charge review and get the lowdown of the best fitness trackers and best smartwatches, too.

Jawbone UP3 delays frustrate shoppers

While Fitbit is having problems with the people that’s bought its new band, Jawbone is having issues with customers who simply want to purchase its new wearable. Delays to the Jawbone UP3 mean that its had to compensate early-birds, and the current wait time for a band is around nine weeks.

Check out our guide to the Jawbone UP3 and, if you simply can’t wait, read our Jawbone UP Move review instead.

Uno Noteband smashes targets

The Uno Noteband has just smashed its $50,000 target this week.

The band acts as a notifier on your wrist, and speed reads your messages word by word, meaning you don’t need to pull our your phone to read messages.

If that impresses you then check out our round up of the wearable innovations just around the corner that are about to change everything. What’s more, we look at the uses for our wearable’s data, and pick out five companies that help you to do more than count your steps.

Crowdfund this

This week’s Wareable crowdfunding pick is the first boxing wearable device, that enables you to work out if you punch like a hamster or jab like a kangaroo. Aimed at boxers, MMA fighters and fitness types, the Sensor tracks punch force, punch type and counts, and displaying them on your smartphone.


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