A bunch of interesting tech has been released in 2019. Here’s what we’re most excited about.
At this point, we are about two steps away from becoming cyborgs. Once we can upload our consciousnesses to the cloud and get rid of our pesky bodily functions, we’ll be there: fully integrated with technology. In the meantime, it seems we’re getting closer every day. At the massive CES electronics convention in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, a gathering of elite brands showed off their best new tech, trying to win us over with products we immediately wanted to buy and put in our houses and on our bodies. And as the year’s moved on, more new stuff has been teased and released. Fortunately, you can purchase most of these goods right now. Unfortunately, some of them will cost you serious money. But not all of them.
Whether you want cool new wearable tech or an impressive new-age television for your living room, 2019 has produced something you’ll really covet. These are the 10 new gadgets that we hope will make life more electronically engaging—and easier, too.
- Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant
We’re no strangers to interactive screens in the home, between Facebook Portals and Amazon Echos and Google Hubs. The beauty of Lenovo’s new Smart Clock, then, is its simplicity. It won’t video conference or stream TV, but it covers all the bedside bases: It tells times, charges phones, and gently wakes you up with a clock face that gradually brightens before your alarm goes off. By connecting it to Google Assistant, you can instruct it to do a whole lot more. Small and stylish with its heather gray case, it’s an unobtrusive and helpful addition.
- Withings Move Activity and Sleep Watch
Withings Move, the new smartwatch from Withings for 2019, monitors your activity and your sleep. It has a GPS tracker and syncs with the Health Mate app. It only costs $69.95. Most impressively, it works for 18 months without requiring a battery charge. That, and its understated design with an analog clock face, makes it more timeless than a lot of trackers on the market. The customization options are plentiful too, so you can easily get it to fit your look.
- Waverly Ambassador Translator
Many of us have the misfortune of being cursed with monolingualism. Blame the public school system in America. But for those who want to travel regardless of language boundaries—or easily converse with people who speak different languages in their own neighborhood—Waverly Labs invented an audio device that translates on the spot. There are many situations in which to use it, but perhaps the most useful setup is to attach one to your ear, hand the other to someone who doesn’t speak the same language to strap onto their own head, and talk away. The correct translation will play in both of your ears. The technology is still in the Indiegogo stage, but it might be worth it to you to get your hands on an early version.
- Ember 14 oz. Temperature Control Mug
This mug is a godsend to people who can’t function without morning coffee (as in, a large segment of the population). All it does is use internal heating technology to keep your caffeinated beverage hot—for an hour. You can nurse coffee without repeated trips to the microwave, or steep tea to the ideal temperature (all controlled via a Bluetooth-connected app). And that’s all it needs to do. While Ember debuted these mugs awhile back, the 14-ounce version is new to 2019, and extremely helpful to your morning routine.
- Moodo Smart Diffuser BundleMoodo makes aroma diffusers for the home that can be personalized thanks to four interchangeable scent capsules and smart technology you can control from afar; this diffuser has been around for more than a year. Now, Moodo has introduced the MoodoGo device, which is easy to cart around because it’s tiny. All you need is a USB power supply for it to start dispensing good smells. The MoodoGo only holds one scent capsule, but it’s a perfect fit for car cupholders and cramped desk spaces. You can’t pre-order it yet, but you can sign up for updates on the Moodo website. In the meantime, the OG Moodo diffuser (pictured) might tide you over with a variety of scent packs to choose from.
- Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses
Bose debuted an audio gadget this year that combined two things you love dearly into one: cool sunglasses and wireless earbuds. If you throw a pair of these Bose Frames on during a sunny day spent outside, the frames themselves will play music, streamed from your phone via a Bluetooth connection, exclusively for your ears. We promise, no one else will be able to hear your music playing. The speakers are that good. If you don’t love this frame shape, check out the Rondo style, with rounded edges.
- Nanoleaf Modular Light Panels
For a futuristic kind of home decor, take a look at these customizable light panels from Nanoleaf. Connect a string of them into whatever design you’d like on your wall, then control them from the app. The color options are vast, as are the modes—set the light panels to react to your music playlist, assist with your concentration, or mimic a rising sun in the morning to wake you up. You can buy triangular panels now, but if you wait until the end of the year, Nanoleaf is adding hexagonal panels as well.
- GilletteLabs Heated Razor Starter Kit
Gillette’s innovation branch debuted this heated razor with an Indiegogo campaign last year, and it was wildly popular—probably because a razor that mimics the barbershop treatment sounds pretty nice. In less than a second, the razor heats up to 122 degrees, warming soap and skin for an upgraded shave. Gillette Heated Razors ordered during the Indiegogo campaign have already shipped, and Gillette now has a commercial version available. You can also sign up for automatic blade refills for however often you think you’ll need ’em.
- Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones
The market is crowded with wireless sport headphones, but this is a pair worth noting. Released this spring, Beats’ Powerbeats Pro earbuds combine clear audio with workout-worthy durability. The battery life is extremely nice, and the controls are seamless. As in, when you put them on, they automatically start playing wherever your music or podcast last let off. And they come with a charging case to take with.
- Nreal Light Mixed Reality Glasses
Mixed reality glasses can be used to take what you’re seeing of the real world and overlay it with virtual content. At CES 2019, Nreal, a Chinese start-up, showed off a pair that almost looks like normal glasses you could wear on the street. Hey, it’s a step in the right direction. Nreal’s ready-to-wear Light glasses are designed to give wearers an immersive experience with spatial sound, voice control, and a widescreen display at 1080p—without the bulky headset. If you’re into mixing realities, it looks like you’ll have to wait until spring 2020 for the consumer version to go up for sale. However, a Developer Kit ($1,199) will be available in September.