The week in wearable tech

A roundup of the top headlines of the past seven days
The week in wearable tech

Another seven days have flown by so it's time for our weekly check-in on the big wearable tech headlines.

This week, there's exciting news from HTC and Under Armour, a stylish new hybrid analogue smartwatch and an interesting update from Strava.

Read on for all the details...

HTC Vive goes wireless

The week in wearable tech

The HTC Vive can now go wireless, but you'll need the help of a new accessory to do it. HTC has opened pre-orders for a $220 add-on produced by TPCast, who are part of the Taiwanese company's Vive X accelerator program.

The add-on affixes to the headset and runs on a battery that should give you about an hour and a half of play, although HTC says it plans to put out a longer-lasting battery in the future.

It's been a busy week in VR, as always. We reviewed Google's Daydream View and picked out the best Daydream apps to check out first.

Under Armour fitness tech plans in 2017

The week in wearable tech

Under Armour has plans to introduce new devices, according to chief digital officer at Under Armour, Mike Lee, who we spoke with at WebSummit this week.

When we asked whether we can expect different devices from the ones already launched by Under Armour, Lee told us, "We (Under Armour) plan to make more announcements on this front in early 2017."

Under Armour unveiled its UA HealthBox back in January this year, including the UA Band fitness tracker, a heart rate monitoring chest strap and a set of smart scales.

Timex IQ+ stylish hybrid goes live

The week in wearable tech

Timex jumped in smart analogue watch market last year with the Metropolitan+, and now it's having another bash with the IQ+ Move.

The Move comes in a few different styles and sizes to appeal to both men and women, along with a bunch of straps to customise them. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned and sleep metrics, with all the information available to see in the companion app.

The smart analogue watch market is getting crowded. We took a IQ+ Move rival for a spin this week - check out our Skagen Hagen Connected review to see how it fared.

Strava ups its safety games

The week in wearable tech

Strava's safety feature, Beacon, which went live earlier this year has been updated so you can now use it on select Garmin devices, including the Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000, Edge Explore 820, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT and Fenix 3.

Using Beacon, users can choose up to three safety contacts who will receive a text message with a unique URL when an activity is started. Safety contacts can click the URL to track the runner on a map in real time, as well as view the remaining battery power without needing their own Strava account to see the information.


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