This Week in Wearables is our weekly blog curating the best stories on wearables from around the web.
Hands-free Tinder Uses Your Heartbeat to Decide ‘Hot or Not’
via TheNextWeb by Mic Wright
Too listless to swipe on Tinder? Design agency T3 may have the answer. It has previewed Hands-Free Tinder which uses heart rate data from yourApple Watch or Android Wear device to decide whether you’re into a match or not. Effectively it’s the potential dating equivalent of those unreliable reality show lie detector tests. But still, you should follow your heart, right?
Mood-changing Wearable Tech Sets Pulses Racing
via Reuters by Michael Stock
Doppel is a new breed of wearable device, one that its developers say can actually change the wearer’s mood by delivering a tactile beat to their wrist.The makers of ‘doppel’ call it the next generation of wearable technology – one that can actually change the mood of the user. They say the device taps in to the body’s natural rhythm and gives the wearer control over how alert or relaxed they are.
Audio Wearable Startup Doppler Labs Raises $17 Million
via Forbes by Aaron Tilley
Doppler Labs, the maker of wearable hearing technology, announced today that it’s raised $17 million in Series B funding. The Chernin Group, Wildcat Capital Management and Acequia Capital led the round. The round included a few investors from the entertainment world — Live Nation Entertainment, WME and Universal Music Group. The New York-based startup is also coming off raising $635,189 from a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that closed this month for its upcoming product, Here Active Listening, which are earbuds designed to customize sound around you.
This Line of Wearables Replicates Biological Functions
via TechTimes by Christian de Looper
Wearable technology is quickly becoming the norm. Between smartwatches, fitness trackers, and augmented and virtual reality headsets, there is plenty of wearable tech to go around. These devices are, however, really only good at conveying information and not much else. But what if wearable technology could do other things beside handling data? What if they could produce food, energy, light and oxygen to keep us alive?
The Wearables Report: Growth trends, consumer attitudes, and why smartwatches will dominate
via Business Insider by Tony Donova
Wearables face unique obstacles that will lead them to have less of an immediate market impact compared with tablets and smartphones. For now, most of the devices need to connect with a smartphone or tablet for most of their functionality.
Wearable Technology Market Forecast 2015-2020
The global wearable technology market has thus far not quite delivered upon previous expectations of revenues, consumer adoption and even technological advances. However, 2015 might be the breakthrough year in which wearables begin to achieve that mass market acceptance that has long been expected. One of the main reasons is the entrance of Apple to the SmartWatches market, which will disrupt not only the SmartWatches market, but the overall size of the wearable technology market.
Wearable Fitness Devices: Fad or Key to Better Health?
via KVUE, by Jim Bergamo
In fitness crazy Austin, the latest fitness craze has taken over. Lots of people can be seen sporting FitBit, Jawbone or other wearable fitness device. “I love it,” said Caitlin Tyler, an Austin resident. Tyler credits her FitBit for helping her lose 75 pounds.”It makes my fitness a bit of a challenge,” Tyler said. “It turns it into a game for me. You get to see how many steps you’ve taken or how many flights of stairs you’ve walked.”