Hearables Soak Up The Market
It’s been a banner year for wearables, with shipments reaching a new record in the third quarter of 2019, growing a relentless 94.6 percent to 84.5 million units worldwide, according to IDC.
This explosion in the wearables market is largely due to the emerging popularity of hearables like Apple AirPods, which seem to be everywhere you look. This new category of wearable technology accounts for nearly half of the overall market in the third quarter, IDC's latest report said, while wrist bands and smartwatches trailed behind in second and third place.
"Hearables have become the new go-to product for the wearables market," Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC's Wearables Team, said in a statement. "This began with multiple vendors removing the headphone jack from their smartphones, driving the move toward wireless headphones. It continued with hearables incorporating additional features that either augment or expand the audio experience."
What follows is a look at 10 of the hottest wearable tech devices of 2019, ranging from Apple's Powerbeats Pro to ThirdEye's X2 augmented reality glasses.