The week in wearable tech: Adidas out of GPS running race

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The wearable tech news wheel keeps on spinning and this week it was at quite a rate. There's news of a new GoPro, some Oakley smartglasses, an Alexa powered smartwatch and yet more bad news for Oculus fans.

Read on for a full rundown of this weeks biggest wearable tech news stories.

Adidas out of GPS running race

The week in wearable tech: Adidas out of GPS running race

Adidas has seemingly given up on GPS running watches.

"We're not going to see a new running watch from Adidas for a while," Stacey Burr, VP of wearable sports electronics at Adidas told us. "There will be some additional hardware in the future that we're very excited about but we're looking, on the running side, at how we can bring our algorithms and coaching and training plans to other device platforms, in addition to Smart Run."

Maybe Adidas wants to do what Nike has done. It recently teamed up with Apple on its Series 2 smartwatch.

GoPro's Hero comes along

The week in wearable tech: Adidas out of GPS running race

It's been a long time coming, but we finally have the GoPro Hero 5 Black. CEO Nick Goodman took the covers off of it this week, with one of the big new additions being waterproofing – without additional housing. You can submerge it up to 10m and record all of your underwater antics.

Theres's 4K video recording and 12-megapixel stills and there's also a 2-inch touchscreen display making it a whole lot easier to navigate and preview shots.

We recently did a big action camera test - it'll be interesting to if/how the Hero 5 improves on our top picks.

Alexa invades smartwatch

The week in wearable tech: Adidas out of GPS running race

CoWatch, the Amazon Alexa boasting smartwatch, is now available for all after successfully funding on Indiegogo earlier this year. You can grab the silver model for $279, with the black model priced in at $299.

Built by IMCO and running Cronologics OS, it comes out of a startup featuring former Android and Android Wear developers.

Check out our pick of the best smartwatches on sale now.

Oculus controllers a Touch expensive

The week in wearable tech: Adidas out of GPS running race

A tweet by Engadget reporter Nick Summers shows how the Oculus Touch controllers will cost a staggering £189.99 - about $250. With the Rift already costing $599.99, it brings the cost full the full package up to $849.99.

To put that price into perspective, PlayStation VR will cost $399 when it goes on sale next month - although you'll need to cough up a PlayStation Camera and a pair of PlayStation Move controllers.

Oakley has smart vision

The week in wearable tech: Adidas out of GPS running race

Oakley's Radar Pace smart sports sunglasses, built with Intel, are about to go on sale.

The Radar Pace sunglasses cost $449. Built into the frames are a pair of removable earphones, three microphones and a host of sensors - an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer and humidity and proximity sensors. We don't know what exact Intel chip is being used, we assume it's Curie.

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Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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