The week in wearable tech: Polar M200 is a budget tracker with HRM

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The week in wearable tech
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It's unofficial VR week on Wareable. And reviews week... And Google week. If VR is your jam we have news and features from Oculus Connect 3 and a big ol' PlayStation VR review. Plus new Google Daydream View and Google Home details, an affordable Polar and an experimental VR app on Kickstarter.


Oculus C3: Standalone Rift, Touch price

No Palmer Luckey but we did get news of a prototype Santa Cruz standalone Rift, price and release date + price for Touch, games, earbuds and social VR news from Oculus Connect 3.

US editor Lily and News editor Hugh are on the ground at Oculus' big event. Also worth checking out is this look at Oculus Touch prototypes and the design decisions which lead to the final device and Oculus' chief scientist Michael Abrash talking about VR tech in 2021.


Google Home: $129, coming 4 November

Google makes its play for anyone tempted by an Amazon Echo with its cheaper connected speaker Google Home and its Google Assistant technology. Works with Nest, Hue and SmartThings too.

Also in smart home this week, we refresh our best smart bulbs list, look at mad Maker Faire NYC projects and cover August's plans to let delivery people into your house (with your permission of course).

Polar M200 is a budget tracker with HRM

Polar has added optical heart rate tracking to this new Polar M200 wearable that's a blend of the M400 and A360. It will cost just $149 when it goes on sale later this year.

Elsewhere in fitness, find out how to buy a fitness tracker, dig into the facts around another dubious study claiming health promoting wearables don't work and in sport, give the new Zepp Play Soccer a nod. Plus find out what your Apple Watch Activity Rings say about you - are you a One-Workout Warrior, an Everyday Athlete or just hungover?


Google Daydream View is a $79 VR headset

This is exciting. At its Pixel event, Google unveiled its new mobile VR headset, Daydream View. It's made of cloth, connects wirelessly and comes with a controller. Nice.

The big review of the week was the Sony PlayStation VR which got four stars. It's not cheap but at $500 all in, it is a hell of a lot more affordable than say, the Vive. That's the subject of this week's #Trending - can VR be both amazing and affordable? Also this week, we looked into reports that Apple is building a VR headset, an AR helmet or maybe even both.

Crowdfund this: Gravity Sketch

Our crowdfund pick of the week is Gravity Sketch, a new VR tool in development for the HTC Vive. The experimental 3D art app even lets you 3D print your creations if you have the right kit. It's on Kickstarter now and £25 gets you the app.


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