The week in wearable tech

All the big wearable stories of the week in one place

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 don't have to trawl the web to find the stories that really mattered.

We've got Fitbit news, Pebble's happiness report while Gamescom and Intel's Developer Forum served up some mixed reality goodies.

Read on to get this week's wearable tech news fix.

Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 detailed

New Fitbits anyone? It had already been suggested that the wearable tech heavyweight was prepping more launches this year, and this could be our first look at them.

Alleged images of the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 were leaked online suggesting that the Charge 2 will get a more textured rubberised strap and monochrome OLED display. The Flex 2 meanwhile packs a 5 LED light display and is expected to be waterproof (swimmers rejoice).

We're expecting to hear more about what's in store for the next gen Fitbits at IFA in a few week's time.

Check out what happened when we used a fitness tracker to measure our heart rate highs and lows with sex, shoplifting and scares. We also dish out our favourite Fitbit Blaze tips and tricks and prove that trackers are not just for humans.

McDonald's fitness tracker gaffe

Yes, McDonald's put kid-friendly fitness trackers inside Happy Meals but the quest to help little ones burn off those fries backfired when the fast-food giant had to recall the Step-It wearable due to complaints of skin irritations and burns.

While there were no details on how many trackers caused issues, one unhappy mother revealed on Facebook that her child was burnt by the tracker after playing with it for just eight minutes. Another report suggested that a two-year old had been burnt as well.

In this week's #Trending, we look at the business of recalling wearables and if you like your trackers to be more grown up, we compare the Fitbit Alta and Misfit Ray.

Pebble reveals the key to happiness

The results are in. After launching its Happiness app earlier in the summer, Pebble has taken data from the first 10,000 users to find out what makes us happy.

According to the data, alcohol is the strongest indicator of happiness in the moment. Healthier activities to build into your routine include yoga, which comes second, exercise, socialising and meditation. Right down the bottom are commuting, meetings and work.

So alcohol, yoga and friends is the key to happiness. Who would've thought it?

Also on the site this week, we pick out the best smartwatches for women, look at the new smartwatches tipped to land at IFA, and our exec editor James argues that square smartwatches are dying.

Intel Alloy joins the mixed reality party

Intel this week announced Project Alloy, a prototype headset with features that resemble an Oculus Rift crossed with a Microsoft HoloLens.

Unveiled at Intel's Developer Forum, the truly wireless headset delivers mixed reality features such as real world object recognition and offering the ability to see your own hands and fingers while in VR.

Specs are scarce but the tech involved is centred around Intel's own depth-sensing, room-scanning RealSense cameras Project Alloy will appear in the form of an open hardware platform next year so the first devices might not be ready until late 2017 or 2018.

For AR and VR lovers, check out what we made of HTC Vive's mixed reality demo at Gamescom. Plus, we investigate what we're actually playing/doing/watching in VR.

Insolito is a fitness tracking smart insole

This week's crowdfund pick goes to this insole that tracks runs and workouts a bit like Tune and Stridalyzer. It packs in an accelerometer and six sensors to the track the likes of steps, distance and estimated calorie burn.

The insoles also track taps of your foot, which can be used and hands free gesture controls. The campaign says that foot taps will enable you to control an SOS feature, making a call, taking a selfie, or playing music. Yes, really.

If you want to back it you can pick up two insoles for $129 at Indiegogo.

In other crowdfunding wearable news, Chinese company Meizu revealed its first smartwatch and it looks like another smart analogue beauty.

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