This week in wearables: Superheroes, hedgehogs, and everything else you missed


This past week saw some pretty huge developments in wearable technology throughout all industries. From toys to fashion to medicine, we’ve got you covered on what to keep your eye on.

1. Disney unveiled Playmation, a system of connected wearable devices and motion-sensor toys encouraging kids to spend less time in front of a screen and more time actively playing. Hailed as “the next step in the evolution of play”, the first product line is based on Marvel’s Avengers. Playing superhero never felt more real.

2. Two scientists at Stanford’s Echo Labs showed off a prototype for a wearable that sees through your skin and scans your blood.

3. Tag Heuer announced its luxury smartwatch will soon be available in Switzerland. Despite the $1,400 price tag, it is expected to give Apple a run for its money, which hits the country June 26.

4. Story Studios, the Pixar led film arm of Oculus VR, has dropped a trailer for its second animated short Henry. Viewers get to interact and watch the story of a cute little hedgehog that has trouble making friends through the Oculus Rift headset.

5. Google debuted Project Jacquard, a conductive thread that when woven together behaves like the touchscreen on your smartphone. Tap your jeans and turn on the lights. Swipe a pocket; an Uber arrives at your door. First collab: Levi Strauss.

6. Startup Thync has created a head device that uses an electrical current to either decrease stress or increase energy through the skin. Scientists are “super skeptical”.

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