Welcome to And finally, the place to find out what the heck has been happening in the wearable tech world over the last seven days.
Hitting the headlines this week, our first big details on HTC's Vive Cosmos standalone VR headset and an interesting patent that suggests an Apple Watch camera band could be in the works. Polar unveiled its Ignite watch that promises to do some really interesting things with your sleep data. Fitbit users can now use the Cardiogram app to monitor heart health, while Wareable fave Stryd unveiled its new wearable power meter for runners.
Read this: The week in VR and AR
Read on for a few lighter stories for you to tuck into if you need that extra hit of wearable goodness.
Jony Ive will still help make wearables for Apple
There was another quite sizeable piece of news that dropped this week and that was the announcement made by Apple's design guru Jony Ive that he was set to leave the company he has spent nearly 30 years at, to set up his own design firm.
While Ive will leave behind the company where he has helped bring to life so many iconic pieces of tech, one genre he is not leaving behind is wearables. Ive's new firm LoveFrom will continue to work on the wearable technology and healthcare according to the FT.
‚ÄúThere are some areas that are personal natural passions for me,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThe work that we've been doing with wearable technology ‚ÄĒ with technology becoming more personal, there is an inevitability that it becomes worn.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThere are products that we have been working on for a number of years,‚ÄĚ he said of his continuing work at Apple. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm beyond excited that I get to continue working on those, and there are some new projects as well that I‚Äôll get to develop and contribute to.‚ÄĚ
Ive doesn't explicitly mention the Apple Watch, but it has been spoken about as one of his passion projects. The mention of healthcare seems apt as well as Apple's smartwatch continues to transform itself into a device that can be utilised as serious health monitoring tool as well as being somewhere to check in on your notifications.
Apple designer Marc Newson will be joining Ive on his new venture and is someone who is regarded as having a huge influence on the development of the Apple Watch. Ive also hinted at future focus on wearable tech design, which could suggest we'll see his team work on non-Apple wearable devices too.
Have a read of our brief history of Jony Ive creating the Apple Watch to find out why it was one of his passion projects.
watchOS 6 will make Apple Watch a better workout companion
Apple's latest software update for its smartwatch doesn't launch until later this year, but as the public beta versions roll out, we are starting to learn more about what it'll bring to the Apple Watch party.
One new feature that will be music to the ears of anyone that taps into the Watch's sports tracking features is the news that you'll be able to see a nice summary of workout data in the Activity app on the smartwatch itself. Even when dismissed, you'll still be able to view it.
That makes a change from what you currently have to do deal with after you've completed a workout. While you can get that summary on your Watch, it will disappear once your workout is finished. Then you need to go to the Activity app on the iPhone to review it all again. It's a small change, but one that we think people will appreciate.
Catch up on the big features landing on your Apple Watch with our rundown of the key new watchOS6 features.
Myo's gesture control armband tech will live on
The startup we now know as North used to be known as Thalmic Labs, and first entered the wearable realms with its Myo gesture control wearable. Then it decided to make its Focals smartglasses ‚Äď no doubt leaving a lot of ideas it had for its first wearable to one side.
Fellow startup Ctrl-labs is ensuring all that good work hasn't gone to waste having acquired the patents for the Myo armband from North. The startup has been developing its own wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine-interpretable commands. The patents acquired cover applications focused on electromyography (EMG) and should help Ctrl+labs build its own device and tap into the community that formed when Myo first became available.