The week in wearable tech

A comprehensive collection of the top stories from the last seven days
The week in wearable tech

Pokémon Go. Have you heard of it? Apparently it's a big deal.

We're sorry. There's no escape from it... even here. The game that is taking over the world has had some pretty big implications in the world of wearable tech. No honestly.

Read on to find out how exactly we've managed to ham-fist in some Pokémon Go stories, as well as some non SEO-led news headlines as well...

Gotta wear them all

That sub-headline was awful. Sorry. But not as awful as the news that the Pokémon Go Plus, the wearable accessory of the game, has sold out. Due to ship at the end of July, Ebayers have, predictably, jumped on the craze - bids are hitting well above the $200 mark, the RRP is just $34.99.

The Bluetooth wearable device notifies you when a Pokémon is in your vicinity.

In other Pokémon Go wearable tech news, Jawbone revealed users logged in 62.5% more steps than usual following the game's launch.

Samsung Gear S2 update lands

Back to actual, proper wearable tech news and the long awaited update for the Gear S2 landed this week. The major addition is the new My Photo feature that lets you choose your own images to be your watch face. Samsung has also made it possible to install recommended apps directly from the watch, rather than having to do so through your paired smartphone.

The Gear S2 is currently ranked as our top smartwatch. The sequel - the Samsung Gear S3 - is strongly tipped to launch later this year.

Nest leaves the smart home

The Nest Cam Outdoor is the latest addition to Google's ever expanding smart home waistline, bringing exterior security camera action to the connected house.

Looking a lot like a beefed up version of the popular indoor Nest Cam, the Outdoor Cam offers a 130-degree field of view and is, of course, weatherproof as it's designed for outdoor mounting. The good news is that it costs the same as its indoor brethren at $199. It's out in September.

New Nexus watch pair pictured

Last week we got word of the new Android Wear Nexus smartwatches and we've now got some renders to go with the purported specs. We're informed the images above "are not 'interpretations' but recreations of primary source material", whatever the heck that means.

There's a bunch of new Android Wear devices in the pipeline including smartwatches from Nixon and New Balance, but a Nexus Wear range does sound appealing - especially if Google uses the models to introduce new features to the platform.

Crowdfund this

We're intrigued and cautious in equal measure by ELF emmit, the latest mood altering headband. It is designed to de-stress or stimulate you, help you meditate or sleep by emitting pulses at varying frequencies in sessions between 30 to 120 minutes.

You can still get the $99 early bird units on Indiegogo which is 50% off the RRP.


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