The week in wearable tech

All the biggest stories of the week in one place
The week in wearable tech

Welcome to our weekly recap of the biggest stories in the world of wearable tech.

This week we have Mondaine's luxury smartwatch, Nokia's VR camera and a Braille wearable. This and more of the biggest headlines from a busy week in wearable tech, virtual reality and smart home news.

Mondaine smartwatch pre-orders open

The luxury smartwatch is now available for pre-order with a price tag of $850, going up to $950 in September. Inside the Swiss smartwatch is MotionX and Sleeptracker sensors, letting you track steps, distance and sleep, with smart alarms and activity reminders too. The accompanying app will also provide adaptive coaching based on the user's activity.

Check out our Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart review for more information and take a look at our pick of the best activity trackers to see how it compares.

Nokia's OZO camera announced

The rumours pointed towards a Nokia virtual reality headset, instead we got a VR camera, but that's good too. OZO is a 360 degree spherical camera, which captures stereoscopic 3D through eight synchronised optical image sensors as well as spatial audio via the eight microphones. Unfortunately it's aimed at professional filmmakers, and with an un-announced price, it's unlikely you'll be using one to record your home videos.

VR is big business now, have a read of our roundup of the top VR headsets.

A Braille smartwatch

Dot is the first wearable for the visually impaired. It has four sets of six dots, which raise to produce four braille characters at a time. It can cycle new characters at speeds from 1-100 per second, which should be good for all skill levels.

The South Korean startup doesn't want to stop at the wrist though, looking to continue with the potential in the Internet of Things. Dot has already started trialling modules at ATMs and train stations, giving information on bank balances and train times.

Garmin struggles against Fitbit

Second-quarter earnings have been released for Garmin, which show a slowing in fitness tracker sales, while Fitbit seems to keep growing. Garmin's CEO came under questioning from investors, concerned as to why the company should be in the tracker market when there's a "well-established leader". Most likely in reference to Fitbit which was valued at $4.1 billion after its IPO.

If you're in the market for a Garmin device makes sure you read this.

Crowdfund this

This week's Crowdfund this is Vytal, a small disk that promises to track heart rate, respiration, temperature, stress, posture, sleep and activity level. The 1cm thick, two inch-diameter circle sticks to the chest and uses LE Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone app. The app will give visuals and data about your activity as well as providing health advice.

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