In another addition of our weekly round up of the biggest wearable tech news, we look at Microsoft’s surprise wearable, a new fitness tracker and the latest on Tag and Samsung’s latest smartwatches.
Microsoft HoloLens revealed
Microsoft took everyone off guard this week by announcing its big play in VR tech. The HoloLens is a blend of VR and AR, overlaying rich “holographic” images onto elements in the real world. The tech was shown off alongside Windows 10, and runs the OS from within the headset.
GOQii band lands in US
The GOQii Life fitness tracker has been launched in the US, and brings its host of fitness mentoring beyond its native home in India. It's an unusual device, and offers the usual activity band features coupled with personal coaching.
Samsung Orbis watch details break
As details emerge about Samsung’s round-faced smartwatch that’s likely to appear at MWC in March, it seems the Korean giant is planning wireless charging for its new device.
Tag CEO cosies up to Apple
It seems that Tag Heuer is serious about smartwatches and the company has said that it’s planning on outlining its tech partners in the next six weeks. Jean-Claude Biver, the company CEO, revealed this week that the watch won’t carry the Swiss made stamp that’s synonymous with Tag’s watches.
He also back-tracked on comments made in September about the Apple Watch, when he said that it look like it was “designed by a student in their first trimester.” Biver has now called the Watch “an incredible achievement.”
This week’s crowdfunding pick is HIRIS, a wearable computer that’s laden with sensors. Instead of prescribing the uses, like a fitness tracker or smartwatch, HIRIS is open to developers to find uses via apps, so your band could be a super fitness tracker, as well as gesture controller or smart home remote.