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May 09, 2015

Wearable Tech Week in Review: Revolar, Apple, Oculus

It's been another amazing week for technology that can be worn like clothing, and in some cases, technology that is clothing. With just a couple months to go until the Wearable Tech Expo arrives at New York City's Jacob Javits Center—set to run July 13–15—there will likely be plenty more weeks just like this one. So now that we've got a weekend on hand, let's catch our collective breath, step back, and run down some of the biggest events of the week that was in our Week in Review coverage!

First we had a look at the Revolar device, currently making the rounds on Kickstarter. Considered a personal safety device, the Revolar system offers an unusual prospect; pressing a button on the device launches an SMS message to a list of contacts established in advance by the user, with the message also including current location and a repeat of the message every three minutes until disengaged by the user. The battery included lasts for a year, according to reports, and the button is contoured to prevent false alarms.

Next we had a look at the Apple Watch, and how it was going to pose some significant challenges for CIOs and office IT staff. The Apple Watch in and of itself would represent a challenge in that it's one more device that can access a Wi-Fi network potentially without permission and proper vetting, but it also represents a much larger challenge in that it may be just the tip of a much larger wearable iceberg, one that could hole most any security structure below its metaphorical waterline.

Apple Watch kicked in another news item, as we discovered just what went into the making of such a device. An IHS iSuppli teardown revealed the component cost of the Apple Watch was $83.70, with an array of parts from Apple's S1 processor to OLED and cover glass going into the device's construction. This might seem galling given that the device costs as much as it does, but considering the other costs involved—software licensing, research and development, marketing and so on—it makes some sense.

Then came a news item that some gamers have been waiting years to hear about: a ship date—or at least a ship date range—for the Oculus Rift virtual reality system. Now set to ship in the first quarter of 2016, there are still some unanswered questions about the device and just what systems it will work with, but for many right now, it's enough to know it's coming. Once released, the device is set to go beyond gaming to encompass a wide array of use cases, and more about this will likely emerge soon.

Finally, a new partnership between LifeBEAM and Lazer is set to produce some impressive new value for users in the form of several new products. Set to be unveiled at the Eurobike 2015 show in August, the LifeBEAM Genesis will be one of the devices shown off. It's set to incorporate LifeBEAM's sensor technology into the Lazer Genesis helmet design to create a complete biometric tracking system without the need for a chest strap.

That was the week that was in wearables, and our global online community had a lot on its plate bringing back the best in news for us to consider. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest in this sector, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!

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