Here’s what’s up in the world of wearable tech.
* Acquisition frenzy! Earlier this week, Intel bought fitness tracker manufacturer Basis Science for an undisclosed amount. On the same day, Facebook bought virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus VR for $2 billion. And apparently, Microsoft today shelled out $150 million for wearable computing intellectual property from Osterhout Design Group. What wearable tech will Apple, Google or Twitter acquire this week? They need to keep up!
* Intel had a busy week, as it also reportedly invested $15 million in Israeli startup OrCam, which makes a small wearable camera, “to be clipped onto glasses, that interprets what it sees and feeds back to the wearer via bone-conduction audio.”
* Fitbit has seen more than one million downloads of its Android app. That’s a whole lotta fitness trackers.
* British manufacturer Kiroco won the Best Innovation of The Year award at London’s Wearable Technology Conference and Expo for interactive jewelry that allows you to tap an NFC phone to see text, video and photo messages.
* Interesting analysis of the wearables market from Nielsen.
* Google Glass will be used with Ray-Ban and Oakley glasses.
* HTC CEO says an HTC smartwatch will come at “the appropriate time.”
* USC is slated to debut the world’s first Google Glass journalism course this year. Shouldn’t be too controversial…
* Swiss watchmakers think smartwatches are icky.
* Panasonic debuted the HX-A500, which it says is the world’s first 4K/30p wearable camera.
* How about recording audio with a wristband? Kapture will have you covered whenever their product comes out.
* How about a wearable smartphone dock?
* “Run-n-Read is a wearable un-compromise for reading runners.” Ruh-roh!
* The U.S. Navy has developed a smart shirt.