And finally: Your Fitbit will soon be able to control your smart home

All the big wearable headlines from the past week

Welcome back to And finally, our weekly roundup of everything that happened this week in the world of wearables.

If you missed all the big headlines of the week, there's no need to worry. We're here for you like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter night. You can check out all the big news of the week below.

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Fitbit gets smart home powers

And finally: Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld's never-set-up $25,000 gold Apple Watch

Compared to Apple Watch and Wear OS, Fitbit just doesn't have the same app catalogue - a catalogue that lets you adjust your thermostat, turn off your lights, and control all manner of other smart home appliance.

Fitbit is getting in on this a little more thanks to a new partnership with Home Connect, a platform that connects all your appliances to the fabled Internet of Things. You'll be able to use your Fitbit Ionic and Versa to do things like pre-heat your oven or check if your refrigerator door is open.

A handful of appliance brands including Bosch and Thermador have signed up for Home Connect so far - and hopefully more to come.

Karl Lagerfeld never set up his custom $25,000 Apple Watch

And finally: Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld's never-set-up $25,000 gold Apple Watch

Karl Lagerfeld, who led fashion houses like Chanel, was an icon in the fashion world. So much so that Apple's design guru Jony Ive gifted him a custom gold Apple Watch.

That Apple Watch featured a custom gold metal link bracelet. At the time, Apple only sold the silver and black metal link bracelets to the public, and ordinarily, the gold Apple Watch went for $17,000, but with the gold link bracelet MacRumors speculates the cost was around $25,000.

But here's the thing: Lagerfeld never set up his Apple Watch. He simply wore it as an accessory. There are a number of pictures around the internet of him wearing his Apple Watch, and a lot of them show the Apple Watch's setup screen.

What is a smartwatch that isn't set up to, you know, be smart? An accessory that a fashion legend would wear without thinking twice, apparently.

One of TCL's foldable phone concepts is a bracelet

And finally: Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld's never-set-up $25,000 gold Apple Watch

Samsung's Galaxy Fold set the internet ablaze with its futuristic look (and that price tag), and it's no surprise that everyone else - from LG to Apple - is looking at making a foldable phone. TCL, best known for making great, affordable TVs, is also jumping into it.

It's got a number of foldable phone concepts, Cnet reports. Some fold like wallets, others fold like Razr phones, some fold out rather than in. One of them, however, is folded like a bracelet that you'd wear on your wrist. It's a smartphone that's also a wearable, and it kind of feels like a futuristic slap-on scrunchy.

It's unclear if we'll ever see these concepts come to fruition. TCL has promised to release its first foldable phone by 2020. We'll have to wait to find out if a wearable bracelet is part of that first wave.

UK to track criminals with GPS tags

And finally: Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld's never-set-up $25,000 gold Apple Watch

Thus far, most of us have used our wearables as fitness devices. They have other uses though, like companies using them to track their employees and governments to track citizens.

The UK is looking to do the latter. The country's government is looking to use GPS bracelets for around-the-clock tracking of criminals when they're out of prison. They'll be used to ensure sex offenders go to rehab, or that restraining orders are followed.

The government is looking to roll them out this summer, and estimates that 4,000 people a year will get the tag. However, only about 1,000 will be in use at a time. Other advantages include reducing prison sentences for minor offenses, while the drawbacks include a loss of privacy.

In case you missed it

This week was all about Samsung: The Korean giant had the first of its two Unpacked events this year. While the Samsung Galaxy Fold and S10 smartphones stole the thunder, Samsung also announced some sweet, sweet wearables.

We were able to get our hands on the new Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds, but Samsung didn't have any demo units of the new budget Galaxy Fit tracker. We'll have to wait until that's released in a couple months time.

Speaking of foldable displays, some rediscovered Apple patents point toward an Apple Watch with a flexible display at some point in the future. Also looking ahead, the Series 4's ECG feature could be rolling out in Europe later this year.

Elsewhere, we learned that Google is shutting down the web version of Google Fit to concentrate on the smartphone and wearable version of the app. Garmin went ahead and updated the Vivoactive 3 Music with a Spotify app, too.

Finally, HTC announced the Vive Focus Plus, which comes with more advanced controllers and will match up against Oculus' Quest quite nicely.



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