Okay, so there was no mega tech show this week, nor a high-profile Apple keynote, but that doesn't mean that the wearable tech news agenda ground to a halt.
Far from it - it's been a very busy seven days in the world of wearable tech and you'd be forgiven for struggling to stay on top of things. But don't fret - here's all the main stories from the week in one, easy to read, round-up...
Amazon's Dot revamped and UK bound
The first-gen Echo Dot was launched in the US back in March and with the new Dot, you're essentially getting a slimmer design, volume buttons and a more powerful processor to help make Alexa smarter... and it's cheaper too.
Check out our nifty guide to the best Amazon Alexa skills to get started.
MSI VR back pack laughs at your phone
It weighs 3.6kg and provides about an hour and a half's VR fun, powered by a Nvidia GTX 1 graphics card. HP and Alienware are among a handful of others to also announce similar products, but the VR backpack market is hardly a thriving one. Yet.
Swinsense Live dives in
Swimsense Live has been updated with more accurate tracking systems, new swim-specific data and Bluetooth syncing for real-time results all behind a redesigned chassis. It costs $179.99 and is on sale now.
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- Wearables transforming how we live with disabilitiesNext gen hearing aids and really, really smart glasses are the future
- The best Stringify FlowsThere's an IFTTT rival in town, with an eye on your connected tech
- What's next for Crytek's virtual reality ambitionsWe speak to Crytek's Elijah Freeman about controls, visuals and if this is VR's year
China is wearable tech mad
IDC's estimate for global wearable tech sales in 2016 is 101.9 million. So if China keeps up the way it's going, it could end up accounting for 20 or even 30% of total wearable tech sales.
Alpina ups its smartwatch game
The new Alpina is certainly a looker and this has been the Horological Smartwatches' main selling point since the Swiss-Silicon Valley Open Platform launched with Alpina, Mondaine and Frederique Constant last year.
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