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The 10 Coolest Wearable Devices Of 2020 (So Far)

These devices range from stylish air filter masks with the ability to collect air pollution data to enterprise solutions designed to track body temperature and social distancing.

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Wearables Market Continues To Grow — For Now

Even in the face of supply chain issues caused by COVID-19, sales for wearable devices were high in the first three months of the year as manufacturers continue to release a diverse array of products.

Research firm IDC reported in May that shipments of wearable devices grew 29.7 percent in the first quarter of 2020 over the same period last year, but the growth was more concentrated around wristbands and hearables while smart and basic watches saw declines.

While the longer-term economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the wearables market remains to be seen, IDC said the forced changes in work behavior actually boosted the hearables category.

“The hearables category was seemingly resilient to the market-suppressing forces caused by COVID-19,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, in a statement. ”Consumers were clamoring for these sophisticated earpieces not only for the ability to playback audio but also to help them increase productivity, as many of them were forced to work from home and sought ways to reduce surrounding noise while staying connected to their smartphones and smart assistants.”

With health experts recommending social distancing as one way to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, some manufacturers have even begun to make wearables to help employers enforce this.

What follows are the 10 coolest wearable devices of 2020 so far, ranging from a stylish air filter mask and sleep tracker to enterprise solutions for tracking body temperature and social distancing.

 
 
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