And finally is where we mop up the wearable tech rumor mill, bringing you fully up to speed with what’s being reported by the tech press.
It’s also a one-stop shop for some of the lesser stories of the week, that didn’t make our dedicated wearable tech news page.
Read on for this week’s instalment….
Xiaomi planning even cheaper fitness tracker
Xiaomi, the biggest selling fitness tracker brand in the world (true story) has only just got the Mi Band 4 out of the door – but isn’t sitting still; with the cheaper-still Mi Band 3i touted for launch.
The name was picked up in a bit of code in the Mi Band app – spotted by the eagle-eyed chaps over at Androidtr.es.
Chances are it’ll be cheaper than the 4, but will no doubt lose some of the features as well. Or it could be a revamped Mi Band 3 with some additions.
Who the heck knows? In the meantime, check out our pick of the best budget activity trackers.
Movado Connect 2.0 detailed
The Movado Connect Wear OS smartwatch went live back in 2017 (pictured above) and the world is crying out for a sequel. Probably.
The good news is that it’s coming. The Movado Connect 2.0 has been detailed over at the FCC (yeah, you know me).
The listing reveals the key specs too. There’s set to be 8GB of storage, 1GB RAM, a 300mAh battery and will pack in NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
There’s a good chance it could be running the new Snapdragon 3100 chip as well. No word on a launch date as of yet though.
Samsung’s not done with folding gadgets yet
After the absolute PR disaster that was the Galaxy Fold, you’d have thought the folks in Korea would be done with tech that folds up for now.
But you’d be wrong – Patently Apple has the details on some AR glasses the company has outlined, stating:
“Samsung notes that one or more embodiments of the present invention relates to foldable smartglasses wherein the temple portion of the wearable device may include a projector and a prism, and the temple portion may be constructed to be foldable with respect to the frame of the device, thereby allowing the device to be easily being stored.”
No, we’re not entirely sure what that means either. Looks ‘cool’ in the diagrams though, eh?
Pamper’s smart diaper goes live
Pampers have teamed up with Lumi for “the world’s first all-in-one Connected Care System”.
What that equates to is some smart connected diapers – that not only track wetness and poops, but also sleep and movement – and a Logitech smart security camera that acts as a baby monitor (which also tracks temperature and humidity).
“By combining a video monitor with an activity sensor, Lumi helps parents blend real-time data with their intuition seamlessly and offers insights tailored to their unique baby using the Lumi by Pampers app.” That’s the official word.
You can sign up here. No word on pricing just yet.
Wearables surge between the sheets
New research from Lovehoney suggests wearable tech is growing in popularity – but not just on the wrist. The Lovehoney Sexual Happiness Study surveyed 3000 people across the UK, US and Australia and found that wearable tech is growing in popularity when it comes to sexual happiness.
Some 15% of Americans are using app controlled toys – with 12% of Brits and 10% of Australians. And VR headsets are steadily getting into use, with 5% of respondents using them in their love lives too.