Week in wearable: Apple's life-saving Watch feature and Magic Leap's big reveal

What went down over the last seven days

Last week, we were all about telling you what's going to go down in 2018 - and some of those predictions are already starting to come true. It looks like Apple is set to get serious about health tracking while Magic Leap has finally shown us what it's been doing with Google and Alibaba's (among others) investment money.

Away from the news, we've been talking to Kokoon about its sleep wearable that raised a whole lot of money in 2015, though its smart headphones have still not launched. They're coming, but we now have a better idea of the story behind the delays. We also show you how to style your smartwatch with the latest catwalk approved looks, start to think about the big launches that lie await in January at CES 2018 and argue that, while Adidas is quitting wearables, it can still help make sports wearables better.

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So what else went down this week? Read on to find out.

Apple is set to get serious about health tracking

Week in wearable: Apple's life-saving Watch feature and Magic Leap's big reveal

So it sounds like the next Apple Watch will add health tracking into the mix after a report this week from Bloomberg has it from sources that the folks at Cupertino will be adding a EKG heart rate monitor to its smartwatch.

If you're not entirely clued up on all things heart rate, EKG monitors is the kind of tech used in the medical industry to monitor BPMs, and while Apple believes the optical sensor already packed into its Watch is suitable for detecting conditions like atrial fibrillation, the switch in technology should improve vastly improve the accuracy of readings.

A step into the serious health tracking realms would mean Apple seeking FDA clearance, which could hold the feature up from being added. But the regulatory body is trying to make it a little easier for tech companies like Apple to fast track health breakthroughs, so it might be a feature we see sooner rather than later.

Magic Leap finally shows us what it's been hiding

Week in wearable: Apple's life-saving Watch feature and Magic Leap's big reveal

We were beginning to think that this secretive AR startup was going keep us waiting until next year to show us what it's been working on, but it gave as an early Christmas present by unveiling of its One mixed reality glasses.

But before you get carried away about rushing to get a hold of these goggles that harnesses Magic's lightfield technology, the Creator Edition wearable is aimed at early adopters and developers to get a better feel of the startup's cutting edge technology.

We don't know how much it's going to cost, or precisely when it's going to launch in 2018. But it is launching in 2018 and that's at least one positive we cling onto.

Google is working on wearables

Week in wearable: Apple's life-saving Watch feature and Magic Leap's big reveal

Did someone say Pixel Watch? Our US editor Hugh has been arguing the case that Google should mirror its Pixel phones and make its own smartwatches. Well it could possibly be on the cards as it was revealed this week that Google is ramping up production of new wearables.

It seems Google is planning to expand its hardware and that will include wearables, VR headsets along with smart speakers and phones.

While there might well be more companies making Android Wear smartwatches than ever has been, the prospect of Google's own branded smartwatch could be a good addition to showcase the platform's strengths. Just as long it doesn't arrive riddled with bugs like its latest smartphones.


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