​The week in wearable tech

All the biggest stories of the week.
​The week in wearable tech

Welcome to the week in wearable, where we round up the biggest happenings of the week.

It's been a crazy one with VR news from E3 in Los Angeles dominating the agenda – but there's plenty you might have missed. Let's catch you up.

Fitbit IPO values company at $4.1bn

Fitbit has registered the third biggest IPO of 2015, after raising over $732 million on its opening day of trading. That values the company at $4.1bn, which rose to over $6bn on Friday, as investors backed the company's huge sales in 2014 and early 2015.

Check out our in-depth look at how Fitbit grew to become one of wearable tech's biggest success stories, and of course, reviews of the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge.

VR goes mad

There's been an absolute VR bonanza at E3 in Los Angeles, and while we reported that 10% of the 274 companies at the show were VR related last week, it's still been a busy week.

An industry analyst has predicted that 2.5 million VR devices will be sold in 2015 – rising to 24 million by 2018.

Meanwhile at E3, OSVR has added support for Android handsets, and newbie FOVE has revealed that it will support Valve's Steam VR on its indie headet.

Make sure you check out our first look review of Microsoft HoloLens and Sony's Project Morpheus.

Intel buys Recon

Intel has snapped up sports wearable manufacturer Recon Instruments. The maker of the Recon Jet and Recon was bought for an undisclosed figure, but joins Vuzix as recent eyewear acquisitions at Intel.

Check out our round-up of the best smartglasses as well as everything we're expecting from Google Glass 2.

Microsoft Band gets golf smarts

Microsoft has partnered with golf giant TaylorMade to add some serious smarts to the Microsoft Band. Like the dedicated golf smartwatches, or the multi-sport Garmin Vivoactive, the golf features on the Microsoft Band extends to distance to the pin and scorecard keeping.

Check out our review of the Microsoft Band, and our round up of the best fitness trackers.

NHS goes wearable

The NHS is looking at wearables to help keep an eye on vulnerable patients. The plans include using skin sensors, or smart clothes, which monitor health and upload information directly into patients' records.

It's not the only organisation getting involved in healthcare wearables. Check out our report on how Apple's ResearchKit is helping fight illnesses and the Apple Watch app that's taking the fight to cancer.

Wearable Forum kicks off

If that wasn't enough big news for the week, we saved the biggest for last. This week the Wareable Forum launched, your new place to chat about the latest wearable trends and innovation.

We wanted to create a forum for more discussion about this fantastic industry – so that's exactly what we did. Head over there and let us know what excites you in wearable tech.


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