The week in wearable tech

A complete roundup of the biggest wearable stories of the week
The week in wearable tech

Welcome, once again, to the week in wearable tech - a roundup of the top stories from the last seven days.

It's been another busy week for wearables so let's get straight to it. For more in-depth details on these stories, click the links to click through to the full posts.

Oculus Rift finally set for lift off

The Oculus Rift consumer edition will arrive in the first quarter of 2016 and pre-orders will start later this year. The launch date window was confirmed by Oculus VR this week.

If you're into VR, make sure you check out this post on The Void; physical stages and rooms for gamers strapped in to VR headsets to roam around and interact with.

Apple Watch's secret port

The Apple Watch's secret port has been revealed and Apple has announced its Made for Apple Watch program - a list of requirements for designers and makers to meet before straps get the Apple seal of approval. Like the Made for iPhone stamp, it means you'll have to jump through a few hoops want to build an Apple Watch band or strap.

Smart straps are all the rage at the moment. Pebble's forthcoming Time smartwatch boasts an open platform for developers to knock-up connected straps and the likes of Montblanc and Kairos have built entire devices with the connected tech in the straps.

Swatch to revolutionise battery tech

The long running saga of the Swatch smartwatch took another turn this week, with the company's outspoken CEO Nick Hayek telling a Swiss newspaper that a "revolutionary battery" will arrive in 2016.

"We're working intensively on this problem with our research group Belenos and battery producer Renata," he said. "Next year we will come to the market with a revolutionary battery, not only for watches but also for automobiles."

Check out our updated guide to the competition it will face in our best smartwatch guide.

Smartwatch boom to continue

The smartwatch market is set to explode in the next five years; increasing from 3.6 million shipments in 2014 to a whopping 101 million by 2020.

The IHS stats are based on booming Apple Watch sales – it states 19 million could be shifted this year alone - and also a huge uptake in Android Wear adoption: 96 million units in the next five years.

Crowdfund this

Linkitz is a next gen friendship bracelet set that includes a programmable core and snappable links with electronic components inside such as a motion link with an accelerometer, LED links, speaker and mic links and a 'friend' link for connectivity (it's not clear what yet).

It was the focus of our weekly guide to the best tech startups looking for crowdfunding.


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