Welcome, friends, to another distillation of the week's wearable news - and this is a special one. "Why so?" you ask. Because unless you've spent the week with a pair of Sensoria's smart socks over your ears you'll know that it's been CES 2017, one of the biggest tech shows in the world.
And what a week it's been, with plenty from the world of wearables and connected self technology for us to get our teeth into. If you've missed any of it, let's get you up to speed.
Not actually vaporware though, we hope. This week Misfit showed us its first full smartwatch, the Misfit Vapor, which brings Misfit's typical style to a sporty interior. This is a watch that will take on Samsung's Gear S3 and the Apple Watch, and Misfit has also built it its own operating system.
It's one of the nicest looking smartwatches we've tried, and in fact reminded us of the Moto 360 quite a lot. We know it's launching later this year for $199, but there are still a lot of questions left to be answered, particularly around the software.
Speaking of Misfit, parent company Fossil showed us a few new additions coming to its already-large range of wearables, and told us it's now heading for the big 300. You can peruse the new hybrid watches here. We particularly like the new Q Grant.
Something to Bragi about
Hearables maker Bragi took us behind closed doors at CES to demo something special that it's been working on: 3D audio. The new feature, which will launch as a free software update to all Dash users later this year, has us mighty impressed. You can read our detailed impressions here, but it essentially creates a mixed reality experience where audio can remain fixed or move around you at will.
There are incredible possibilities here; we can't wait for Bragi to unleash the new feature on the Dash, hopefully before long.
Garmin reveals new Fenix watches
Garmin used CES as a platform to announce three new watches, all successors to the Fenix 3. However it's the Fenix 5X leading the pack, measuring 51mm and offering pre-loaded TOPU US mapping and cycle maps along with built-in Wi-Fi.
The 5S comes in a bit smaller at 42mm and a sapphire outdoor-friendly model that also build in Wi-Fi connectivity, but offers poorer battery life than the 5X. Finally, you've got the 47mm Fenix 5 sat between them.
Prices range $599.99 and up depending on your material and model of choice. To help you decide, check out our Fenix 5 hands-on review with the trio of new Garmin watches from CES.
Despite murmurings of a new headset, HTC didn't announce the Vive 2 at CES, but it did unveil a new device called the Tracker, which turns any object into a VR controller.
Don't believe us? Just read our impressions of the Vive Tracker from our demo, during which we got to play a baseball game with a real baseball bat, and a game where the trackers were placed on gloves to give us full use of our hands and fingers in virtual reality.
HTC also announced the TPCast module for taking the Vive wireless will be made globally available - but for the steep price of $249. It's also launching a dedicated content store just for VR arcades, something we think is particularly neat.
Casio and New Balance whip out new wearables
Casio took the wraps off its new WSD-F20 watch at the show, which runs on Android Wear and is aimed at the most outdoorsy of outdoorsy people out there. Built-in GPS is the big new feature here, while the rugged water resistant design means it can easily withstand any of the activities it can track, such as cycling, fishing, trekking and winter sports. It's also set to update to Android Wear 2.0 in the spring. Now go and check out our impressions of the WSD-F20.
Also running on the next version of Android Wear will be the New Balance RunIQ, which we've been waiting a year for. The watch, which we had a play with at the show, also comes with an interesting Strava integration to make it easier to upload and share workouts, all tracked by the watch's built-in GPS.
Now that we've hit the highlights, be sure to check out all the rest of our CES 2017 coverage.
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