In a momentous week for wearable technology, a raft of new products coming to the fore how that smartwatches and wearable technology has a bright future. If you've been off the grid this week, here's what you missed:
Apple Watch is go
Without doubt the big story of the week was that Apple finally unveiled their smartwatch. Yes the iWatch – or Apple Watch as Cupertino imaginatively dubbed it – is alive, gorgeous-looking and not lacking the sprinkle of Apple magic we hoped and prayed it would have. You can read our early Apple Watch review straight from the floor in Cupertino, our comprehensive guide and our in-depth look at the team behind it.
Intel's smartwatch goes official
You’d have to be mental to announce your own smartwatch on the same day as Apple, right? Well, that’s why we love those crazy guys at Intel. Back in March they bought wearable minnow Basis – responsible for the impressive Basis B1 Band – and the fruits of that marriage is the Basis Peak smartwatch, unveiled the same day as Apple's. No-one may have noticed, but the early signs are promising.
The history of the smartwatch
In case that wasn’t enough action for one week, we put together a short history of the smartwatch, tracing the bloodline of the Apple Watch all the way back to 1927 when clever inventors…well, you’ll have to read to find out.
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We’ve also updated our best smartwatch 2014 guide, with all the big news from Apple and a hectic IFA show in Berlin, throwing out the old, and replacing it with an enviable line up of devices that show just how promising this burgeoning trend has become.
Beware the crowdfunding Wild West
You can’t move for a new project looking for a helping hand from crowdfunding these days, and Kickstarter and Indiegogo are full of startups looking for a handout. But should you invest and what are the chances of losing your money? Well, if you’re not careful, the risk can be huge. Read our investigation into crowdfunding and learn how to invest and what to look out for.
Best pet wearables and dog trackers
Wearable technology isn’t just for people you know. Pet wearables are growing at an incredible rate, and our four-legged friends can benefit enormously from activity tracking and dog GPS collars. Essential reading for any pet owner, but even if you don’t have a dog, it’s worth it for the pictures alone.
Finally, in this week’s regular feature, we’ve highlighted Reemo as the most promising wearable project looking for funding. It enables you to fully automate your home using just gestures and swishes of your hand, turning any living room into a scene from Minority Report.
See you next week!