W|W: The Wearable Weekly – The Case of the exploding Fitbit

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Welcome to The Wearable Weekly, your trusted guide to all things wearable tech. If you only have time to read one thing about wearables this week, this is it.

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Statistics & Forecasts

Fitbit Blaze tops list of best wearable for corporate wellness programs (CIO)

35% of employers use wearable devices for wellness programs (mHealth Intelligence)

Device announcements

Mission Pharmacal prepares to launch Alexa-enabled wearable for seniors this July (PSFK)

Acer announces Leap Ware smartwatch (The Verge)

Xiaomi launches Weloop Hey S3 smartwatch (Wareable)

Apple Watch NikeLab now available from Nike (Apple Insider)

Ringly adds new Aries smart jewellery styles for Spring (Wareable)

Amazon debuts the Echo Look with built-in camera (TechCrunch)

Tata launches safety wearable smartwatches targeted at miners and freighting companies (Economic Times)

HTC is getting plug-and-play eye tracking peripheral next month (UploadVR)

TPCast introduces its business edition, which runs six wireless Vives at once (UploadVR)

Acer debuts its Windows 10-ready VR headset (CNET)

Funding & M&A

Shanghai-based HMD maker Shadow Creator raises $14 million USD in Series A (Haptical)

Major milestones

WHOOP strikes landmark deal with the NFL Players Association (BusinessWire)

Netflix developing apps for HoloLens (Variety)

Fitbit investigates case of exploding Flex 2 (Engadget)

Google launches VR artwork gallery on the web (TechCrunch)

The Vive is getting its own social VR experience through WeChat integration (UploadVR)

Exxon Mobil Speedpass now supports Apple Watch (9to5 Mac)

Samsung C-Labs shows off its Facesense facial recognition tech (UploadVR)


Tencent is preparing a VR HMD launch (FT)

Apple investigating wireless charging via WiFi (Apple Insider)

This article was originally published on BetaKit.