The week in wearable tech

It's been another busy seven days for wearables - here's the big stories
The week in wearable tech

Wearables just don't quit at the moment. With launches, updated release dates and new crowdfunding projects, this week has been another busy week.

Read on to find out what's been hitting the connected self headlines on Wareable this week from Oculus' big San Francisco event, a surprise new device from UK network EE and our Crowdfund This pick.

Oculus Rift gets big reveal

Oculus Rift consumer edition revealed

You know what we mean, the consumer edition of the Oculus Rift that is. It looks like a refined Crescent Bay with the same built-in headphones, sturdy strap and a more compact design. Oculus also outed its pair of Oculus Touch controls, announced that they're bundling in an Xbox One controller with the headset and gave us a sneak peek at some upcoming Oculus Rift games.

Xbox games also landed on Oculus. Kind of. Come 2016 we will be playing Xbox One games on the Rift ... in a virtual theater. Not quite what we're looking for but hey, we're sure Microsoft knows exactly what we want.

Jawbone UP2 and UP3 get updates

Jawbone update battery life

Our Jawbone UP3 review and Jawbone UP2 review have both only just gone live but already it might be time to re-review. That's because Jawbone's latest trackers have already been treated to an update which promises improvements to battery life, sleep tracking and more.

It won't be enough to really change our mind on the UP3 which hasn't quite lived up to the hype but in the UP2 we have a solid, good value tracker now so the updates could make it a real winner.

EE launches 4G Action Cam

4GEE Action Cam livestreams over 4G

Everything is getting connected and that's good news for networks like EE which wants to sell us more plans. Take its new 1080p GoPro rival Action Cam- you can buy it from as little as £10 a month for 24 months on selected EE plans and livestream your sports shenanigans straight to the web.

Wearable action cameras are big news but not everyone has the cash lying around to fork out for a high end device. So EE's new tactic, which will in the future extend to other wearables and connected objects, could be a real boost.

The autumn smartwatch stampede

Vector smartwatches on sale in September

A couple of release date updates this week for some anticipated wearables - we now know that the Vector smartwatch, up for pre-order this week will be ready for this September. And the Android Wear Huawei Watch has been delayed until October or November due to issues with Google and China.

With Tag's Carrera Wearable 01 also due in the autumn and Samsung's round Gear A smartwatch likely to be revealed at IFA in early September, now could be the time to hold off buying your first smartwatch.

Crowdfund This

This week's crowdfunding gem is the Kuai biometric headphones. The buds pack an MP3 player and smart coach tech as well as heart rate monitoring making for a great pair of all-round fitness headphones. Plus they sync up with Endomondo, Strava and MyFitnessPal. Definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a cheap pair of fitness in-ears with an edge.


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