And finally: Apple Watch to track glucose levels and more

The week's wearable tidbits and blips in one place
Apple Watch glucose detector

In this week's And Finally, we round up an interesting development in the Apple Watch release, some hot new incoming designer wearables and the result of the latest crazy dreaming at Google's secret labs.

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And Finally is our weekly synopsis of the rumours and rumblings of the wearable world. Make sure you check back every day at Wareable for the latest big wearable tech news, reviews and analysis.

Apple Watch to read glucose levels

Details of a forthcoming Apple Watch app have revealed that the company's forthcoming wearable is going to be able to track glucose levels from the wrist.

Medical device maker Dexcom Inc's app enables users to check their glucose levels, using a tiny sensor that goes under the skin. Smaller than a hair, this sensor can be read by the Apple Watch, so diabetics can get a glucose level reading every five minutes.

The sensor is already in use and approved by the FDA. However, Dexon has successfully lobbied the FDA to lift its restrictions over the app, which will now be ready in time for the Apple Watch's launch in April.

Check out our guide the hottest smartwatches and, of course, our hands-on Apple Watch review.

Michael Kors to get into wearables

Luxury handbag maker Michael Kors is readying itself for a wearable tech makeover, the company has said. Chief executive John Idol told journalists that the company "would be in wearables" and that it has "a whole strategy" around the technology.

Michael Kors already has a partnership with Fossil, which in turn is working with Intel to create a new range of smartwatches.

As if by magic, last week we identified Michael Kors as one of our favourite brands we'd love to see doing wearable tech. Check out that round-up, and of course, our list of the top fashion designers who are already getting into wearables.

Google's latest wearable will make you smell better

Google has already been linked with a crazy science wearable this month – the cancer detecting wrist band (complete with a pair of fake arms with real skin). However, its latest wearable device – essentially a glade plugin that you wear – may just be the weirdest.

The patent, which was awarded on 10 February but applied for by Motorola Mobility back in 2012, uses a movement sensor which orders a web connected air-freshener to pump a pleasing odour into the air as you move.

Oddly, the device will also use social networks to identify the location of people you know, and help you avoid them, lest they see you sweaty and unkempt. Utterly bizarre.

If you find that odd, make sure you check out our list of the most bonkers wearables to date.

Ryanair to embrace smartwatches

Budget airline Ryanair wants to create smartwatch apps, to give its customers easier access to flight information.

The company has set up an innovation lab to sort out its garbunkle of a website, and the team has also identified smartwatches as a way for the airline to get better information to its customers.

"In the future, Ryanair wants to be able to provide information throughout a passenger's journey, from the second you go to bed in a hotel, to when you land and need to find your car, or book a taxi," said John Hurley, CTO of Ryanair.

He told The Telegraph: "People want micro-moments, micro pieces of information. Things like notifications to say 'you are now boarding at gate 14' or that 'the queue in security is currently quite long'."

Travel is one industry that's expected to see a huge rise in the use of wearable technology. Virgin Atlantic is already trialling Google Glass in its upper class lounges and Quantas has bought a handful of Samsung Gear VR headsets for use on business class flights.


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