​The week in wearable tech: Fitbit cracks its first case

All the big wearable stories of the week in one place
Fitbit cracks its first case
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Welcome to another week in the world of wearable tech. We've rounded up all the week's biggest and most important stories in one place, so you can get yourself caught up quickly.


This week we have news on how a Fitbit helped the police solve a case, an amazing AR video you need to watch, a smartwatch with a pretty impressive party piece and find out about a brain wave tracking hearable.

And if you're big into VR then check out our new weekly regular, the week in VR, for your dose of all the news that's shaping the future of virtual reality.

Fitbit cracks its first case

Fitbit data was used by police authorities in the US to solve a sexual assault case. It used a woman's Fitbit to figure out whether the claim was indeed valid and was able to use the fitness tracker data to prove it was actually false. Described as a "landmark case" the district attorney handling the case believes this won't be the the first time that it'll turn to wearable devices and new gadgets to help solve cases.

If you like all things Fitbit, we explain how the Fitbit Alta is helping us kick bad habits, and why it deserves a spot in our pick of the best running watches and fitness watches for women.

Watch this amazing Magic Leap video

Take your mind off VR for moment and cast your eyes on the latest mind-blowing video from Magic Leap. We could break down exactly what happens in the two minute clip shot through the company's Mixed Reality Lightfield tech, but we think you should just watch it and enjoy the future of AR.


For the lovers of VR and AR, we took a closer look at three exclusive Oculus Rift games from Insomniac Games and talk to the Hollywood alumni about invading the VR scene. We also see whether VR or AR is winning the space race and pick out the VR highlights from the Tribeca Film festival.

Apple Watch Reserve strap is no more

Remember the Reserve Strap? The Apple Watch band promised to give the smartwatch a major battery boost by taking advantage of the diagnostic port hidden under the strap clip. Then the Cupertino company decided to release a WatchOS update that disabled that port, erasing any chances of the Reserve Strap ever working. If you're willing to never update your Apple Watch then it will still work, but this is obviously a big blow for the strap that promised to extend play time by 150%.

There's is some good news though Apple Watch owners. We've selected our favourite Apple Watch games and taken a closer look at how it compares to the Fitbit Blaze. Done with the Apple Watch? Then here's how to get the best out of your Android Wear watch paired to an iPhone.


CoWatch is an Alexa powered smartwatch

If the Apple Watch or Android Wear is not your cup of tea, then you might be sold on this. The CoWatch is an Android powered smartwatch from a startup that includes former Android and Android Wear developers. It's big party piece is the fact it's the first smartwatch to include Amazon's Alexa personal assistant. The slick looking smartwatch will offer Siri-like functionality from the wrist and if you want one, you can bag a CoWatch for just $159 through its Indiegogo campaign.

Elsewhere on the smartwatch front, we rounded up the best smartwatches for kids, find out an easier way to customise the Gear S2 and get excited about a smartwatch and other upcoming wearables we can't wait to play with.

Aware is a brain wave tracking hearable

Yes, you read that right. The Aware, designed by 3D scanning company United Sciences is a hearable that can can monitor brain waves to let users monitor stress, sleep patterns and relaxation. There's more too. It's packed with a host of fitness tracking sensors including a heart rate monitor and a 16GB of storage for music and data so you leave your smartphone behind. It's already progressing nicely towards it goal and is set to give Bragi Dash and company a run for their money.

In other crowdfunding related news, we spoke to Xmetrics, the makers of a swimming activity tracker who told us why wrist worn trackers are not fit for the pool. There's also a Kickstarter campaign for a smart baby hat that could save newborn lives in Uganda that launched this week.


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