The week in wearable tech

All the big wearable stories of the week in one place
The week in wearable tech

After an eventful week of CES announcements, we fully expected things to be all quiet on the wearable tech front. How wrong we were.

We've got some pretty big Android Wear and Fitbit news to catch you up on, more Apple AR speculation and a crowdfund pick with a difference that should appeal to lovers of all things virtual reality.

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

Android Wear 2.0 is landing in February

The week in wearable tech

Finally, it's coming, people. After Google delayed the launch of its latest smartwatch OS update, Android Wear 2.0 is arriving in February. That's according to an email being sent out to Google Play developers that confirms the early February arrival.

Google is also expected to announce two of its own smartwatches although it's not clear whether these will join Wear 2.0 next month.

If you need something to whet your Wear appetite, we spoke to Casio about building its second Android Wear smartwatch, give you the rundown on the New Balance RunIQ Wear watch and our US editor Hugh writes a letter of advice to Google on how to make up for lost time with its latest update.

Fitbit continues to splash the cash

The week in wearable tech

After paying $40 million on Pebble late last year, Fitbit has opened up the wallet again to buy smartwatch startup Vector. If you're not familiar with the name, Vector is headed up by a former Timex CEO and launched two luxury smartwatches with the promise of 30-day battery life.

Vector's founder and CTO Andrei Pitis confirmed the acquisition of its software platform and design team, which appears to provide more evidence that Fitbit is working on building an Apple Watch and Samsung Gear killer.

Also this week, we spoke to the Withings CEO to find out why counting 10,ooo steps is no longer enough and we go hands-on with a fitness tracker that makes fighting the fat a personal battle.

Fitbit also tried (and failed) to buy Jawbone

The week in wearable tech

Clearly it's not just smartwatch companies Fitbit is interesting in snapping up after it was revealed this week that the wearable tech giant also tried to acquire struggling outfit Jawbone.

The deal would've seen Fitbit inherit Jawbone's software assets and intellectual property, however the two companies could not agree on a price so it didn't happen.

With all the Fitbit news this week, we dedicated #Trending to find out what Fitbit is up to right now, plus we speak to the company about how it's finally getting serious about meaningful fitness tracker data.

Apple is working on AR smartglasses

The week in wearable tech

Yes, Apple is apparently working on a pair of smart eyewear and the latest report suggests it's buddying up with optics company Carl Zeiss to make it happen.

The two companies are said to be building a light pair of augmented reality/mixed reality glasses that may be announced this year. It's not the first time we've heard that Apple is exploring the AR realms, it's now surely just a question of whether it's something we'll be trying out in 2017 or holding out for in 2018.

In other news, make sure you have a read about Merge VR and how its Holo Cube is set to make AR more fun.

Thresholds is a mixed reality exhibition

The week in wearable tech

For this week's crowdfund pick we've gone for something a little bit different as this Kickstarter campaign aims to bring a mixed reality recreation of the first photography exhibition in 1839 to four real locations in the UK in 2017.

A minimum pledge of £25 will secure you a spot at the event, which will take place across four venues around the country including Somerset House and the National Media Museum.

If you love all things VR, be sure to check out our look at Eonite's inside-out tracking tech, find out why HTC isn't building a Vive 2 yet, and read our investigation into whether VR is actually safe for kids.



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