Trends worth watching at CES 2019
The Consumer Electronics Show is about the kick off in Las Vegas, with just shy of 5,000 exhibitors hoping to impress media, technology innovators, and - most importantly - consumers with their latest, greatest products.
While many are all about wow factor and carry hefty price tags (at least to start), many look worthy of considering once available on the mass market. Here are the top trends we are seeing before the official announcements go live later this week and into mid-January.
This year, many companies plan to announce new, improved versions of now commonly used health monitors like pedometers, glucometers, and blood pressure monitors. But many also plan to go beyond basic step tracking and baseline measurements with biometric sensors and brain scans for more precise feedback on your current state of health, complete with warnings should a recording indicate a potential issue or even an emergency that needs immediate attention. We anticipate the best new products will benefit those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and severe stress.
The ability to watch over your home, inside and out, when you're not even there is becoming more easy and affordable, with recent enhancements like emergency services being automatically called to come to your home should something seem awry (smoke detectors activated, unlocked door, broken window). This year, fixtures in your home like locks, thermostat, air quality, and more get more mind-reassuring, secure updates.
From smart locks to doorbells and even cooking appliances, everything is getting smarter, or more intuitive and easy to control from just about anywhere.
Will this be the next 3D TV, or the new standard in monitors? This year, foldable phones and TVs will make their debut at CES. While we can appreciate their space-saving features, we are eager to learn about other benefits compared to the standalone versions.
Hoverboards are out, shoes are in? Maybe. Several companies are announcing new hover shoes, so one can get from point A to point B by shifting their body weight carefully to move in all directions without taking a step. We're especially interested in how these will handle uneven terrain or various physical builds.
It seems like just about everyone has a problem getting solid, consistent sleep these days, and being too plugged into technology is often to blame. But maybe that's all wrong, as several products are making their debut to help you become better rested, from devices that determine if bad sleep is actually part of your DNA, to innovative anti-snore devices, to sensory-blocking aids to put (and keep) you in dreamland.
From improved navigation systems to vehicle enhancements that make driving less intensive on the driver, vehicle tech is going to be big this year at CES - as well as more technologically enhanced cars, as well. We are most excited about devices that can bring our smart voice-controlled assistants like Alexa and Google into our cars.
Underwater drones and robots
Many of us already use robots in our homes to vacuum our floors, or have played around with drones to capture aerial footage (or just have fun flying these little copters around). But this year, it's all about underwater use. From exploring bodies of water to improved swimming pool robotic cleaners, we are looking forward to how these new products sink or swim.
Sensory enhancement devices
While sensory deprivation is a trend, so is enhancing impaired senses like sight, hearing, and even touch. Some products in this vein: Improved color blindness glasses, devices that may actually make seeing and hearing possible for those with little to no ability, and gadgets that replicate soothing human touch to help reduce stress and discomfort.
Next level mobile connectivity and entertainment
Just when everyone is starting to jump on the 4K bandwagon, here comes 8K for ultra super high definition (crisper, clearer images on your TVs and other screens). While the reveal is interesting, it's going to be expensive - and a while before it'll become mainstream. Another big change is out with 4G, in with 5G for faster media experiences.
Out with the days of just a few shades of makeup or the standard skin types (dry, oily, normal, sensitive, combination). There will be many beauty products being announced at CES that are made just for you based on either 3D imagery of your face, or a skin moisture analysis, and other innovative approaches for creating your ideal beauty product, versus making one first for the most predictable needs of consumers.
Easier ways to eat and drink
Almost everyone has an Instant Pot or air fryer, and some even own a sous vide to perfectly cook your food without too much effort or time. This year, several more innovative cooking products will be announced, including those powered by solar energy and even single-serving, on demand beers and wine at home.
Katie Reseburg is an editor for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.
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