Wearable technology is becoming a huge market, and more and more players are entering the space. No longer just confined to watches, the wearables concept is spreading into other parts of everyone’s lives.
Wearable devices—technology that can be worn on the body—are multiplying in the market. CRN takes a look at the coolest devices to hit store shelves and various body parts in 2022.
Things have certainly changed since the first Bluetooth headset hit the market in 2000. According to research firm IDC, wearable shipments reached more than 533 million in 2021. And in 2022 the number of connected wearable devices worldwide is expected to reach 722 million. That market will surely grow as more consumers and business users become comfortable using wearable tech for just about any task.
While hearables and smartwatches dominate much of the wearable markets, new devices are cropping up as consumers look for different ways to stay connected through wearable tech. Portability is nice, but the convenience of having a device attached and usable on demand takes this tech to the next level.
Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Imagine Marketing led growth in wearables for the last quarter of 2021, according to IDC. But the “others” category showed positive year-over-year growth as well.
“That shows demand is spreading out to other companies and products, all of which bring added diversity and price competition to attract and retain more customers,” Jitesh Ubrani, research manager at IDC, said in a statement. “And because there is still strong demand for first-time users, vendors can court them with features similar to Apple’s products but at much lower price points.”
Here are the Coolest Wearable Gadgets of 2022
• Ray-Ban Stories
• Levi’s Trucker Jacket by Google
• HSI Wireless Wearable Finger Mouse
• Bose Sleepbuds II
• Unit 1 Faro Smart Helmet
• QuardioCore Wearable ECG EKG Monitor
• SP500X Scan Printer
• Vest Edge
• Oura Ring
• Tile Slim tracker