And finally is the place for the stories you might have missed from the last seven days. It’s where the wearable tech NIBs, murmurs and blips end up.
This week, there’s news on a possible new avenue for Apple, a new wearable contender and some breakthrough super hero info…
Apple VR headset excitement rises
Tim Cook has got the web rumour mill all in a spin following comments he made during the Cupertino company’s latest earnings call. “In terms of virtual reality, I don’t think it’s a niche. I think it can be… it’s really cool, and has some interesting applications,” he said.
Add to that a report in the FT that claims Apple has a “secret team… of experts in virtual and augmented reality” who have “built prototypes of headsets” and “includes hundreds of staff from a series of carefully targeted acquisitions, as well as employees poached from companies that are working on next-generation headset technologies.”
It looks as if the Cupertino company will be adding its effort to the growing army of VR headsets soon.
Spider-Man tech incoming
Elliot Hawkes has a message for anyone claiming Spider-Man tech is impossible. The Gecko Glove, according to Engadget, “Uses a process that spreads weight evenly across the entire patch, making it efficient enough for a person to cling to a glass wall.”
Haier details its wearable assault
Haier is the latest Chinese company to enter the wearable world. The Qingdao based business has detailed a duo of new devices that it will be showing off in Barcelona at MWC next month.
The HaierWatch is a hybrid analogue fitness tracker / watch, along the same lines as the Withings Activité and the Mondaine Helvetica No.1 Smart, and the H Band looks every inch the Huawei TalkBand B2 clone. It’s all very uninspiring.
Apple Watch a hit with the ladies
“The demographics of Apple Watch are evolving, as women are adding Apple’s latest gadget to their wrists in increasing numbers; culminating in December, when 46% of Apple Watch revenue was generated by women, compared to only 17% at launch.”
That’s the line, according to Slice Intelligence, who also state, “After online sales dipped over the summer, they began to recover into the fall and climbed rapidly through the holiday season, at an average monthly growth rate of 67% from October to December.”
We’re not convinced on the female angle though – surely some of those women shoppers could have been gift buying for their partners?