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 Garmin's new Forerunner 25, news on Fitbit's Q2 earnings call and an update on Oculus Cinema going social. These and more of the biggest headlines in wearable tech, smart home and virtual reality news.

Polar: Wrist-based HRM coming soon

Polar has confirmed it is working on a low-price fitness tracker with an optical heart rate monitor built in. Although many if its competition has already put optical heart rate monitors in their fitness trackers, Polar told Wareable that the company waited to making sure they could do it properly.

Check out Polar's biggest fitness tracker rivals in the market at the moment.

Garmin unveils a running watch

Garmin unveiled the Forerunner 25 this week; a slimmer version of its entry level running watch with added smartwatch notifications. The 25 is aimed more at weekend runners than serious athletes; tracking pace, distance, times and also offering smartphone notifications. However, with a monochrome LCD panel and no touchscreen, it's no Apple Watch competitor.

Have a look at our guide to what Garmin running watch is right for you.

Fitbit sold 4.5 million trackers last quarter

Fitbit had a great second quarter, selling more than 4.5 million trackers, including its Fitbit Surge and Charge HR. And international sales of its fitness trackers have risen 250% year-on-year. Weirdly this Q2 earnings call has made shares drop 11% in trading after an initial rise of 4%.

Movies with mates in Oculus Cinema

Oculus will be updating its cinema VR experience with multiplayer and social features. The Oculus Cinema, a VR app that puts you in a virtual cinema, will soon allow you to watch films with friends and see them sitting next to you in the virtual world. It's not clear whether these social features will work with the Gear VR as well as the Rift though.

This week in VR we wonder whether VR or AR is the future, we look at next-gen VR controllers and we got our hands on the HTC Vive again when we viewed its Dota 2 demo.

Crowdfund this

This week's Crowdfund this is the bonkers Buddy LED dog collar, which has GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Using the smartphone app you can track your pooch's location, activity and create a geofence so you'll be notified if it leaves that area. It can also remind you to feed, walk or take your dog to the vet, there's even Apple Watch compatibility.

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