Best of CES 2019: Cool tech you can buy this year
From HTC to Lenovo, there were so many events and announcements at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, we can’t possibly fault you for getting confused by it all. So, to help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the top gear we spotted on the show floor. Better yet, these are all the things you can either pre-order now or buy soon.
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Best of CES 2019: Cool tech you can buy this year
LG Signature OLED TV R
LG plans to release its rollable OLED TV sometime during the second half of 2019, though it hasn’t yet announced pricing. Our sister site, CNET, looked at it at CES 2019 and called it “incredible” and said it “feels like a finished product, something a wealthy buyer with a huge swath of windows and a million-dollar view would snap up in a heartbeat.”
Blue Ember mic
Blue, a popular maker of microphones, offers affordable models like the Yeti for YouTubers, as well as XLR models for professionals. Now, it has a middle-of-the-road offering: An XLR mic that will cost only $100 when it debuts in February.
Xtrainerz bone-conduction headphones
AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction headphones are ideal for swimmers, as they’re completely waterproof (up to six feet). They also have 4GB of MP3 storage, so no Bluetooth is needed. You’ll be able to buy them this spring for $150.
Nubia Red Magic Mars
The Red Magic Mars is a gaming phone with two touch buttons on the shoulders for physical gameplay. It also has a big battery and liquid-and-air cooling system. It will launch in the US and Europe around March for $399 (about £310).
Want a smartwatch for your kids? If they’re between four and nine years old, get the Coolpad Dyno kid tracker. It will let them call or text pre-approved contacts. It also features an SOS button for calling emergency contacts or 911. It is launching in January for $149, though you’ll have to pay $10 per month for the watch’s cell service plan.
The Razer Turret is a keyboard with Chroma lights and built-in mousepad and wireless mouse. The mousepad slides out or can be hidden away completely. Unlike most gadgets on this list, it’s already available for $250 (about £250).
Royole flexible keyboard
Royole introduced a flexible screen last November. Now, it’s showing off a flexible QWERTY keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. With the push of a button, it can be rolled up. Pricing isn’t confirmed, but it’ll literally roll out in the second quarter of 2019.
Trifo is a new robot vaccuum for just $299. It uses sensors to track its position and can remember where it’s already cleaned.
Nreal Light mixed reality glasses
The Nreal Light is an alternative to the Magic Leap. It’s a pair of glasses that can overlay video and images onto the real world. It’s powered by a cable-attached Snapdragon 845 processor, the same you’d find in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. No price has been announced, but these are expected to launch in the late summer or early fall of this year.
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Miracle Gro Twelve
The Miracle Gro Twelve is an indoor planter that works with hydroponics. It also has an app, which connects via Bluetooth, that lets you know when your plants need watering, etc. This fail-proof system is designed to help even novice gardeners grow. You can preorder the Miracle Gro Twelve on Indiegogo for $300 from Jan. 28. A retail version is expected to launch in March.
GoSun solar cooker
This solar cooker claims to feed a family of five, even in the dark and in bad weather. It uses parabolic reflectors to focus sunlight into a vacuum tube and can convert 80 percent of that into heat up to 550 degrees. It’ll launch in April for $499.
Temi Robot with Alexa
Robotemi’s autonomous navigation assistant robot, Temi, is designed to provide home assistance for families and elderly. And it now supports Alexa. It connects to Wi-Fi, and a full charge will last nearly 9 hours. It’s launching in March for $1,499, including shipping.
R-Pur Nano Mask
Supposedly, this mask filters out exhaust for urban runners and cyclists. It has a built-in filter and even glows. It’s available in Europe now for 170 euros (about $200 or £150) and is launching in the US later this year.
Groove X Lovot
This is a mobile robot with a temperature-based cam and touch sensors. It has expressive eyes, moves around on two wheels, and, according to the company, can beg for attention. Its head tracks motion and body language, and it can transmit live footage from its camera. It’s meant to be a cuddly toy for kids, but it also doubles as a surveillance device, baby monitor, and sleep tracker. You can pre-order it now, in pairs, for a whopping 598,000 yen (around $5,300, or £4,210). It’ll ship in winter 2019.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Verizon
Garmin’s first LTE fitness watch has an SOS-issuing fall detection capability, like the Apple Watch Series 4. But its chief purpose is to let you download and play music over LTE. No pricing is available yet, but it’ll launch around March. For comparison, the noncellular Vivoactive 3 Music, which is already available, costs $300.
Jabra Elite 85h
Jabra’s wireless noise-canceling headphones, the Elite 85h, cost $300. It features eight microphones, noise-canceling technology that adapts to your environment, and tap-free voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It’ll launch in April for $300.
HP Omen X Emperium 65
Costing $5,000, this is a premium, big gaming monitor. It’s a 65-incher with 144Hz refresh, G-Sync, and HDR. It’ll launch in February.
Nuheara IQbuds Max
Nuheara’s IQbuds Max are “intelligent earbuds” with active noise cancellation. They’re supposed to act “like an audiologist in a box,” as they calibrate sound and do cancellation in real-time using Nuheara’s Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation system. They are expected to ship in the second half of 2019 for around $500 or $600.
Matrix PowerWatch 2
The PowerWatch 2 runs on solar power and body-generated heat and doesn’t require charging. It features a heart rate montior, step counting, an always-on reflective color screen, 200m water resistance, notifications, and GPS. You can preorder it now on Indiegogo for $200 (about £160). But it will cost $499 when it’s available later this year.
The Maximus Answer DualCam Doorbell
This is a video doorbell with two motion-sensing 1080p HDR cameras. You can view the two-camera feed on your phone through the Kuna app, and when someone rings your door, it pings your phone. Mics also allow you to talk to visitors. The doorbell is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2019 for $199.
Samsung Space Monitor
Samsung is offering 27- and 32-inch Space Monitors that clamp to the back a desk and sit flush against the wall when not in use. The Space Monitors (SR75) will ship in March for $400 (27-inch) and $500 (32-inch).
D-Link 5G NR Router (DWR-2010)
This is a home 5G router. D-Link isn’t shipping until the latter half of the year — but if you live in an area lacking broadband, you’ll want to start checking this out now. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
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KitchenAid Smart Display
KitchenAid has entered the smart display space, with its own splash-resistant offering. It features Google Assistant and also offers Yummly recipe recommendations. It’s slated to launch in second half of the year, for around $200 or $300.
Shure MV88 Plus
Shure’s MV88 Plus kit lets you record quality video with your phone. It consists of a Manfrotto mini tripod, a phone clamp, and a Shure condensor microphone. This kit will ship toward the end of January for $249.
HTC Vive Cosmos
HTC announced a new consumer headset called Vive Cosmos. It sits in the mid range, is designed to connect to a PC, and there is suggestion it’ll be wireless one day and work with phones. HTC said there will be modular upgrades and that development kits would be available in “early 2019.” Pricing has yet to be announced.
HTC Vive Pro Eye
HTC has another new headset called the Vive Pro Eye. It uses eye tracking so that it can better focus the content where you’re looking, and it can reduce motion sickness. But HTC highlighted enterprise deployment, as the headset can also be controlled without using your hands. The new Vive Pro Eye will launch in the second quarter of 2019 for an unknown price.
Ring Door View Cam
Amazon-owned Ring has a new video doorbell called Door View Cam. It’s designed to replace the peephole on doors. You’ll still have a traditional peephole viewer via the doorbell, but also now through the Ring app. Door View Cam can also alert you when someone knocks on the door. When Door View Cam does launch sometime this year, it’ll cost $199 (£179).
Ring Smart Lighting System
Ring also announced a “Smart Lighting” lineup. There’s wireless (powered by standard replaceable batteries) and wired floodlights, spotlights, path lights, a step light, a weather-resistant motion sensor, and the Ring Bridge (gives the lights a range of 1,000 feet). Ring’s Smart Lighting lineup is available to pre-order now, with shipping from 6 March.
Pricing goes from $18 for a step light to $70 for a wired floodlight. The Bridge is $50.
Royole FlexPai foldable phone
Royole has a foldable phone called FlexPai. It’s a new company — founded in 2012 — that focuses on flexible products. Its new device packs the latest hardware, including a Snapdragon 855. The developer version is available to buy now for $1,300.
Lenovo Smart Clock
Lenovo announced Smart Clock, a smaller version of its Smart Display that features Google Assistant. It’s designed to tell you the time, but it can also charge your devices, play music, and so on. It also has some cool customizable clock faces. Lenovo is pricing its Smart Clock at $80, and it’s scheduled to start shipping this spring.
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