Week In Wearables: How To Buy Apple AirPods, Magic Leap AR Glasses, Hearables Volume Increasing

With news of Apple AirPods selling out, here are tips on how to snap up a pair. Magic Leap has finally revealed what its AR glasses will look like and reports reveal what the future of wearables will be – fitness trackers will not be the leading item, it seems. This is the week’s news in the world of wearable tech.

The Week in Wearables is a news digest, out each midweek, focused on some of the things that have happened in the world of tech you can wear on your wrist, perch on your head, stick in your ear, sling around your waist, tuck into the small of your back or, well, you get the idea.

There won’t be a Week in Wearables digest next week while the world seems to close down for tech news, but it will return in the first week of the new year. Happy Holidays!  

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 07: A pair of the new Apple AirPods are seen during a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. unveiled the latest iterations of its smart phone, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 2, as well as AirPods, the tech giant’s first wireless headphones. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Apple AirPods sold out online until January

Apple’s AirPods were hard to find when they first launched but even now, Apple seems to be finding it hard to keep up with the remarkable demand for the cute little earphones.

Apple’s wireless earphones are currently estimated for delivery in early January if ordered today from Apple’s online store in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and several other countries.

AirPods are also currently out of stock at most of Apple’s retail stores around the world, and at authorized resellers such as Best Buy, Macy’s, Target, Walmart, and Verizon in the United States. Bottom line: they’re hard to find anywhere.

At $159, AirPods are a more affordable gift idea than many Apple products, which may be causing stronger demand than Apple can keep up with.

I’d say that the best tip for how to snag a pair, by the way, is to log on and check availability in local Apple Stores, order them and go in to collect.

MacRumors has the story.

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The improved watchOS Workout interface

Wearable Bargains

Paul Lamkin at Forbes has just revealed some great ways to buy smartwatches this late in the holiday season.

Although fitness trackers are currently leading the way in wearable tech, a recent analyst report suggested that smartwatches, such as the Android Wear range and the Apple Watch series, will hit 71.5 million shipments by 2021.

So, the chances are your loved ones are going to be looking for some wrist-based tech action sometime soon. No need to wait though, here are some great smartwatch deals you can nab for them this year.

Apple Watch

The sad news is you won’t get the latest and greatest Apple Watch – the Series 3 – but you can get the still-great Series 1 for less than $180 at Target. You don’t get the GPS, LTE or waterproofing skills of the top dog but you still get the latest watchOS software, complete with access to the plethora of Apple Watch apps.

All is made clear in Paul’s post on Forbes.

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Magic Leap’s AR headset as revealed on the company’s website

Magic Leap One In Plain View

The Verge has been following the story of Magic Leap and its Augmented Reality goggles – it’s been going for some time – and has noted that the company has now revealed what’s on the way.

After more than three years, Magic Leap has unveiled what it describes as a “creator edition” of its augmented reality system. The Magic Leap One consists of a pair of oversized cyberpunk-y goggles, a puck-shaped external computer called a Lightpack, and a handheld controller. It’s supposed to accept “multiple input modes including voice, gesture, head pose and eye tracking,” and maps persistent objects onto the environment — “place a virtual TV on the wall over your fireplace and when you return later, the TV will be right where you left it,” the site promises. An SDK is supposedly coming in early 2018, and the hardware is supposed to ship at some point next year.

Read more at The Verge.

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Pico Goblin Headset, going on sale now.

Pico Goblin Headset Now On Sale

Staying with VR, Wareable has news of the Pico Goblin standalone headset, which is going on sale now.

Standalone VR headsets are the new hotness. Affordable standalone headsets, like Oculus new standalone Go headset, are even newer hotness. Announced just before E3 2017, and actually going on pre-order in June, Pico has officially announced that it’s standalone, smartphone-free Goblin headset is now on sale for £269. 

The Goblin headset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and features two 70Hz displays that combine to produce a 2.5K resolution display. There’s a 90-degree field of view and self-adaptive pupil distance. There’s also 3DoF head tracking technology, which basically means you can roam around freely. There’s no need for wires or sensors or any of that.

Wareable has more.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with the new Sportloop strap.

Wearable Tech to Double in Popularity

Industry analyst IDC has said that the market for wearable tech is set to double by 2021, as Forbes’ Paul Lamkin reports.

The worldwide wearable tech market is set to explode in popularity in the next few years, with 149.5 million shipments in 2021. That’s according to leading industry analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), who states that more vendors – particularly fashion brands – and cellular connectivity built into smartwatches helps to drive growth in the category.

That 149.5 million figure would be more than double the estimated 61.5 million shipments for this year and IDC claims that smartwatches will be the form factor powering the boom.

More from Paul at Forbes.

And finally…

The world of wearable tech is not just growing, it’s changing. Wareable has analysed IDC’s assessment, and claims that fitness trackers won’t be the leading wearable category.

Fitness trackers, according to IDC’s research, will see single-digit growth, going from 45 million shipments in 2017 to 47.7 million shipments in 2021. That will see its marketshare drop from 39.8% in 2017 to 21.5% in 2021.

Smartwatches and hybrid watches will make up most of the growth in the wearable market. A lot of this is because smartwatches and hybrids can do the health-based features that make fitness trackers popular, but also have the benefit of added fashion appeal and more features, like apps and music, and, in the case of the burgeoning kids smartwatch market in China, games.

Then there are hearables, which IDC says will increasingly offer either fitness tracking or audio augmentation. That segment is set to go from 1.7 million shipments in 2017 to 10.6 million in 2021. Smart clothing is also set to grow, going from 2.4 million in 2017 to 11.5 million in 2021, but IDC warns that the primary driver will be step-counting shoes. Sensor-laden clothes, like the Levi’s Commuter Jacket, will still have potential, but they’re likely to have limited use that mimics features people already have on their smartwatches and hearables, making them a tough buy for most people.

Much more in Wareable’s detailed analysis.

 

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