The week in wearable tech: HomeKit gets its first camera

From Fossil to Magic Leap, we look back at a busy seven days
HomeKit gets its first camera
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It was never going to be easy to match last week's cluster bomb of news, but this week certainly hasn't been short of events, happenings and - dare we say - occurrences.

So make a nice hot drink, calm yourself down, and dive into another wrap-up of all the big stories.

Magic Leap makes its first appearance

Who you gonna call? Magic Leap! The enigmatic mixed reality system has made its first appearance in the wild via a leaked photo. The picture, given by a source to Business Insider, showed a backpack PC attached to a headset, like some kind of crap Ghostbusters costume you throw together an hour before the Halloween party.

CEO Rony Abovitz addressed the picture in a tweet: "The photo shows an @magicleap R&D test rig where we collect room/space data for our machine vision/machine learning work." Expect something very different for the final product, basically, if we ever actually see it.

HomeKit gets its first camera

The first HomeKit security camera went on sale this week, and it comes from Taiwanese company D-Link. Apple has started selling the Omna camera on its store, meaning it's beaten the Withings Home Plus - also HomeKit-friendly - to the market. The Omna has a 180-degree wide-angle lens and night vision up to 16 feet. It can also shoot and store video and images at 1920 x 1080 resolution, and of course will let you monitor your home from an iOS device.

SmartWatch 3 won't get Android Wear update

This week Sony told us that the SmartWatch 3 won't be getting the update to Android Wear 2.0, which will be sad news to many. "SmartWatch 3 will not be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0 as after evaluation, we found the current operating system version delivered the most consistent and stable experience," a spokesperson told Wareable. The Samsung Gear Live, original Moto 360 and LG G Watch will also miss the upgrade.

Fossil bets big on wearable tech

Fossil's share price might still be in free fall, but wearable tech is undoubtedly helping the brand. Results showed a decline in traditional watch sales offset by growth in connected devices. The Fossil Q, Skagen Connected and Michael Kors Access are the big ones to thank, and although wearable tech might not be the company's saviour (traction is still slow), it's definitely going all in with a promise to launch 300 devices.

Improving life for the blind

A nice story to round off with. This week we reported on eSight's new pair of smartglasses that help the legally blind to see. The new model, the eSight 3, has improved quality, more features and a lower price. "The quality of the vision it restores, and the way it does it, and the size and appearance is head and shoulders above anything we've done before," eSight CEO Brian Mech told Wareable. "[Users] can see pretty much as well as anyone who's normally sighted". Amazing stuff.


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