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This week’s banger is supposed confirmation that we’ll get two new Xiaomi wearables in the next few months. Plus we got to see more details of Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Lightfield tech, some more fighting talk from Under Armour and a treat for Sony SmartWatch 3 owners.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 and smartwatch due soon
It doesn’t get much bigger than Xiaomi. Now, Huang Wang, the CEO of manufacturer Huami – which works with Xiaomi – has let slip that the second gen Mi Band and a Mi smartwatch will be launched in the next two months.
The new fitness tracker could be named the Band 2 but we reckon it’s unlikely Xiaomi will drop the international Mi branding. It is set to have a small display and cost more than the Mi Band 1s (though that’s not saying much).
The first Xiaomi smartwatch will also feature a (bigger) display but not much else is even rumoured about it with no details on battery life.
Under Armour: We’re beating Nike
Under Armour is not afraid to sell itself. And it’s at it again with Robin Thurston, UA’s chief digital officer, telling Digiday this week: “Nike is a formidable competitor, but we have a nice lead in connected fitness right now.”
With one million new users being added to its collection of apps every eight days, Under Armour has reason to be confident. HealthBox is far from finished though so we hope to see plenty of updates in 2016.
Sony SmartWatch 3 is getting the latest AW update
We haven’t had a new smartwatch from Sony in 2016 (or 2015 for that matter) but the SW3 is at least getting Android Wear 1.4/ Marshmallow. The update is coming over the next week or so according to senior developer advocate Wayne Piekarsi who announced it on Google Plus.
Check out our story on what’s coming for Smartwatch 3 owners in this latest Android Wear update. Basically, there’s less swiping, more talking and wrist shaking.
Plus, if it’s still time for an upgrade then peruse our list of the best smartwatches you can buy in 2016.
Magic Leap patents emerge
The Magic Leap details continue to trickle through and Recode has details from a couple of updated patents about how its Mixed Reality Lightfield tech will actually work. First up, more than one person will be able to view virtual/augmented games and apps at the same time.
And there’s a nice example of how coffee shops will distract us while we wait. In the future, we’ll see jungle scenes on the walls and ceilings while our coffee is being made. Future AR hold music!
We still don’t know what the wearable will look like but the patent shows an A headset with transparent mirrors.