The week in wearable tech: Android Wear 2.0 is on its way

All the biggest Google - we mean wearable tech - stories from this week
The week in wearable tech
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Google has only gone and completed the Grand Slam of The week in wearable tech. At I/O this week, we got a lot of new announcements - gadgets, apps, platforms, features - in wearables, VR and smart home.


Android Wear 2.0 is on its way

What's new for Wear 2.o? Standalone apps, a Material design refresh, complications from any app on any watch face and smart replies for messages. Plus third party fitness apps can now exchange data via Google Fit. The smartwatch update is coming this autumn.

Read this: We go hands on with Android Wear 2.0 at I/O

Also this week, we got more of a tease on Android Pay coming to Android Wear watches, while Fitbit announced that wearable payments are coming to future trackers (just not this year). Not sure where to start on AW - check out our Android Wear super guide which we've just updated.


Daydream is an Android powered VR platform

This could be big. Daydream is Google's new fully fledged mobile VR platform with a bunch of headsets and compatible phones due this autumn, an app store and high profile partners like HBO, IMAX and Ubisoft already confirmed.

Read this: Google Daydream - everything you need to know

We argued that Daydream is the real starting gun for VR, reviewed the best of VR at Cannes Film Festival and brought you another instalment of Field of view, our new weekly virtual reality round up. Plus Oculus announced a own VR for Good program.

Google Home takes on Amazon Echo

Google announced its own Wi-Fi speaker, named Home, at I/O. And we want one. Ask it to look up the weather, news or Google some facts plus hook it up to Nest products and smart lights. No price yet, launching later in 2016.


In Paul's Smart home diary week 12, he talks about plugging the gaps in a connected home and we take another look at the smart locks that are available to buy plus what's coming.

Project Jacquard gets an official name and launch date

The Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket will be the first launch to come from Project Jacquard. Aimed at cycling commuters, interactive fibers are woven in the jacket to let the wearer control music, maps and calls from the sleeve. It's due to be released in spring 2017.

Tempted? Check out our newly updated list of the best smart clothing you can buy (from biometric shirts to contactless payment jackets) and swoon over pretty fashion tech from the Met Gala.

Crowdfund this

Our crowdfund this pick of the week is Knocki, a smart home sensor that turns hard surfaces - tables, walls - into control platforms for connected kit. On Kickstarter now from $69.

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