Driven by demand for connected earbuds and a variety of other smart wearable devices, the market for wearable tech is surging. Following growth of 28.4 percent in shipments of wearables in 2020 year over year, shipments jumped 34.4 percent during the first quarter of 2021, research firm IDC reported. Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, said in a news release that the market is being “fueled” by smaller brands as well as new form factors. “Wearable patches, rings and even audio glasses are starting to differentiate themselves from the typical watches, bands and headphones by offering tech that is hidden yet functional,” Ubrani said in the release. Audio glasses “are also going a step further by allowing consumers to be more comfortable with being always connected and are working towards consumer acceptance of AR glasses further down the line,” he said.
What follows are our picks for 10 of the coolest wearable tech gadgets of 2021 so far, including wearable devices from Amazon, Beats, Google, Samsung and Lenovo.
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