Week in wearable: Strava runs into trouble, Intel plots AR glasses, and we surf

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The week in wearable tech
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Can a pair of yoga pants perfect your posture? Can you vibrate your way to inner peace? This week we sent Becca Caddy to try out the Nadi X smart yoga pants that use haptic feedback to improve your performance - go see how she got on.

Elsewhere we learned that the Apple Watch Series 3 is doing gangbusters, selling at twice the volume of the Series 2. We don't know how many of those are LTE models, which would give us a better idea of how many people are lapping up the added cellular connectivity, but it's still an encouraging sign for Apple's wearables business overall - which is now its second biggest revenue source after the iPhone.

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We also sent writer Leon Poultney surfing with the Nixon The Mission SS smartwatch. It's worth a read. Here are the other big stories of the week.

Strava runs into trouble

Week in wearables: Strava runs into trouble, Intel plans AR glasses, and we go surfing

The Strava story was one of the biggest of the week, both in and outside of wearables, when it was discovered that military activity could be seen when cross-referencing Strava's runners heat map with known military base locations. This isn't a new problem for the military - and it's not a problem exclusive to Strava.

We dived a bit further into the problem and spoke to a security researcher about the problem of 'fit leaking', which companies like Strava, Suunto and others need to think more carefully about. Right now many of these platform don't do a good enough job of guiding users to edit the information they're sharing.

Hopefully the Strava debacle will nudge these companies into thinking more carefully about how they capture, manage and - in some cases - publish our data. Just holding this data on a server could itself be problematic, and as this week's story shows, we as users need to take more precautions with our data, not just assume that companies are always going to act in our best interests.

Intel eyes AR smartglasses in 2018

Week in wearables: Strava runs into trouble, Intel plans AR glasses, and we go surfing

An interesting report from Bloomberg this week laid out Intel's secret plans to launch a pair of smartglasses this year. The glasses are being referred to as "Superlite" and would be part of a new spinoff company called Vaunt, which Intel is said to be looking to sell a stake in.

What's interesting about this story, other than the fact Intel is looking to sell a consumer pair of AR glasses in 2018 - potentially getting ahead of Apple, Facebook another AR-hungry companies - is that it's preparing for a scenario where the glasses don't gain tractions among everyday users.

In that situation Intel will provide the tech to other companies building AR glasses. We're yet to see a pair of AR glasses that would convince us to wear them daily. The Vuzix Blade are the closest thing to an everyday pair of AR specs we've tried.

It's Super Bowl weekend

And finally, with it being the Super Bowl this weekend, we've got a couple of pieces worth reading. Concussions are a big problem for the NFL, and it's something wearable tech companies are uniquely positioned to solve. Go check out Conor's piece on how this technology is taking on the NFL's concussion crisis. Then go read how the NFL and Sleep Number are teaming up to give players sleep-tracking beds. Sleep is a huge contributing factor to performance, and together the NGL and Sleep Number plan to put more focus on players getting the right amount and quality of rest.


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