LG Signature OLED TV R
The much-anticipated rollable OLED TV is finally here -- or will be in the latter half of 2019, for an as-yet-undisclosed sum. Our resident TV ace David Katzmaier says, "It's incredible. 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." But you have to click here and watch the video to appreciate it in action.
Blue Ember mic (the tall one in the middle)
Blue has long been a favored microphone among podcasters and YouTubers, thanks to affordable models like the Yeti. But the company also produces XLR models intended for professional and prosumer customers priced at $1,000 and higher. Now, it's meeting in the middle with the Blue Ember, an XLR mic that will cost only $100 when it debuts in February.
Xtrainerz bone-conduction headphones
Swimmers no longer have to envy pavement-pounding athletes. AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction headphones can let them take their tunes and podcasts along for the ride during their afternoon swims. They're completely waterproof up to six feet with 4GB of MP3 storage so no Bluetooth necessary.
You'll be able to get them this spring for $150.
Ninebot Gokart kit
You can now live out all your Mario fantasies with your own Kart. Segway-Ninebot, the company that brought you the original personal transporter almost 20 years ago, strikes again with this 21st-century go kart. It's an accessory for the MiniPro that lets you park your butt for the ride -- with a maximum speed of 15 mph, you can get where you're going relatively fast, too. Unfortunately, you won't always be able to go where you want to get; it has a range of about 9 miles and it's not street legal. But it is available now for $1,300.
PowerCast Wireless Charging Grips for Nintendo Switch
No more need to take a break while your Nintendo Switch charges. This wirelessly charges your Joy-Cons while you play, using the company's $100 PowerSpot (sold separately). The transmitter has a pretty decent range, too. It will be ready to buy in time for your holiday shopping -- by the end of October -- and should make a great gift for the person you gave a Switch to in 2018.
Nubia Red Magic Mars
The competition in gaming phones is heating up, and here's one that's not from a big player like Asus or Razer. Like the ROG Phone, the Red Magic Mars has two touch buttons on the shoulders, which adds a nice physical component to gameplay. A big battery plus a liquid-and-air cooling system complete the package. The phone will hit North America and Europe sometime before the end of March for $399 (about £310 or AU$560).
A big, colorful smartwatch for kids between four and nine years old, the Dyno kid tracker is a fun watch that lets kids call or text preapproved contacts on the go. It also has an SOS button for calling emergency contacts or 911. It's shipping by the end of January for $149, plus $10 per month for the cell service plan.
Monit smart diaper sensor
Don't wait until the wafting smell earns dirty looks from bystanders. Monit's Bluetooth sensor attaches to the outside of the diaper and detects the presence of liquids or solids. Then it sends an alert to the lucky person responsible for changing it. It will arrive in Huggies starting in April.
Razer Turret for Xbox One
Some games are best experienced on a desktop. So to bring them to a console, you need a keyboard and mouse. Now we've got a stylish option: The much-anticipated Razer Turret. It's a keyboard with Chroma lights and built-in mousepad, plus a wireless mouse. The mousepad can slide in and out, hiding itself away completely or providing a decent bit of mouse real estate. It's now officially available for a pricey $250 (£250).
Royole flexible QWERTY keyboard
We're entering the era of flexible electronics where everything from your phone to, who knows, maybe even your fridge will have a bendy screen. Royole launched a flexible screen last November and is getting in on the flexi-act big time, with a QWERTY keyboard that can be laid down on any flat surface and connected via Bluetooth. At the push of a button, it'll roll up and you can stick in your pocket.
Official pricing is not yet announced, but expect to see the keyboard quite literally roll out in the second quarter of 2019.
Sure, robot vacuums are everywhere these days. But Trifo's is designed to clean floors more efficiently and effectively in less time -- and at $299, for less money. Basically, it uses sensors to track its position, but it remembers where it's been so it doesn't try to clean the same spots. Plus Ironpie! How great a name is that?
Nreal Light mixed reality glasses
Current reality getting you down? Why not overlay a far more exciting one? The Nreal Light is like a "poor man's" tiny Magic Leap, a pair of goggles you strap on that overlays video images in the real world. To bring down the size of the frames, Nreal has taken the processor out, opting to attach it via cable. That processor, a Snapdragon 845, is the same as you will find in high-end smartphones like the Google Pixel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
No price has been announced just yet, but they should launch in the late summer/early fall this year.
Miracle Gro Twelve
The idea that we can connect everything to our phone is really blossoming at this year's show and the Miracle Gro Twelve proves it. Designed to make indoor planters easy, you just pick some seeds, throw them in one of the four spots and let the hydroponics do the work. It can talk to an app via Bluetooth to let you know when the greens need watering and any other action you may need to take. No green thumb? No worries. That's about all you'll need to do, with the system designed to take care of the rest.
You can preorder the Miracle Gro Twelve on Indiegogo for $300 from Jan. 28. A retail version is expected in March.
GoSun solar cooker
Day is done? Gone the sun? That's no problem for this solar cooker, which the company says can feed a family of five in the dark and stormy weather. It works by using parabolic reflectors to focus sunlight into a vacuum tube, converting almost 80 percent of it into heat up to 550 degrees. That tube keeps the food hot, too. Look for it in April for $499.
Temi Robot (now with Alexa!)
Robotemi's autonomous navigation assistant robot, Temi, was originally designed to provide home assistance to the elderly using telepresence skills. At CES, Temi got an Alexa upgrade, making it a little more like an Echo Show on wheels -- it can even bring you nachos! With Alexa enabling voice-activated controls and a suite of sensors that allows it to perform complex navigation, Temi is like an armless robotic butler. It connects to your home Wi-Fi and a full charge lasts about 8 and a half hours.
The robot goes on sale in March and will cost $1,499 including shipping.
Motorola Halo Baby Monitor
No longer confined to the realms of a Beyonce song, now you can even let your baby see your Halo, with Motorola's new monitor. The 1080p camera connects to the side of a crib or cot, hanging over the top so you can keep an eye on your little ones. It also features infrared night vision of up to 10 meters. Not content just watching over the kids, the Halo will also project virtual light mobiles for the cherubs to marvel at.
BuyBuyBaby has the Halo now for $249. You can add in a monitoring screen for $299.
Your metronome -- don't leave home without it! This smartwatch for musicians packs a vibrating metronome, decibel meter, magnetic tuner and other music tools. For instance, you can twist off its wrist-strap base and use it to tune a guitar, bass and violin. It measures the strings' vibrations to find the right notes. You can preorder it now for $229, which converts roughly to £180 or AU$320 and it will get to you in March, 2019.
R-Pur Nano Mask
Not only can this mask filter out the exhaust that urban runners and cyclists face, it will probably scare off any potential muggers. It's composed of a filter and the mask that holds the filter -- that's the glowing part. It's available in Europe now for 170 euros, which converts roughly to $200, £150 or AU$275, and is heading to the US later this year.
Groove X Lovot
Buy yourself some wholesome love with Lovot, a combination robotic cuddling partner and creepy surveillance cam. Its big expressive eyes have dilating pupils, and it moves around on two wheels and wiggles its cute little arms. According to the company, "It begs for attention and gets in the way of those it lives with, and at times will shy away from people it does not know. It is adorable just by being there." The tech: a temperature-based camera on its head tracks motion and body language, while touch sensors underlie the soft covering. But it can also transmit live footage from the camera to function as a surveillance device, baby monitor and sleep tracker. Love doesn't come cheap, though: it's in preorder now, in pairs, for 598,000 yen (around $5,300, £4,210 or AU$7,400), and single units go on sale in 2020. You'll be able to get yours starting in winter 2019.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Verizon
Garmin's first LTE fitness watch offers notable safety features, like a similar SOS-issuing fall detection capability to the Apple Watch Series 4. You can download and play music over LTE as well. No pricing is available yet, but you should be able to get it by the end of March, priced above the noncellular Vivoactive 3 Music, which costs $300.
Jabra Elite 85h
Jabra's late to the game with its wireless noise-canceling headphones, but its $300 Elite 85h aggressively takes on leading Bose and Sony models. It has some high-tech tricks reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface headphones, including eight microphones, noise-canceling technology that adapts to your environment and tap-free voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It's expected to ship in April for $300.
HP Omen X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display
It's on the pricey side at $5,000, but the 65-inch Nvidia BFGDs bring gaming-quality performance -- 144Hz refresh and G-Sync in addition to HDR -- to the big screen. HP was the first to announce its model (others should be coming as well), and is planning to ship in February.
Think your wardrobe's boring? Sphero's Specdrums doesn't. This ring lets you hear colors. It responds to tapping via an accelerometer, then samples color through its sensor. Turn your closet into a party -- Specdrums are made to work with multiple rings at once. A two-pack of Specdrums costs $100 on Sphero's website starting next week and is slated to arrive in stores in the spring.
Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller
There's no proper screen on the Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller and no Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
Instead, kids craft stories in a Mad Libs kind of way, choosing the hero, the setting, another character and an object. Then one of 48 stories with those elements plays. Each story is between 3 and 7 minutes long and you can download hundreds of other stories online.
Lunii's My Fabulous Storyteller costs $70, which converts roughly to £55 or AU$100.
Once you get past the "OMG, could it be any cuter?" aspect of Speck's kid-tough iPad case, you can appreciate the clever design. It sports "arms" that you can use for better gripping or wrap around car seats for hands-free viewing. You'll be able to get it by the end of March for $40, and it's compatible with the last five generations of 9.7-inch iPads.
Nuheara IQbuds Max
Nuheara touts the IQbuds Max as the first "intelligent earbuds" to feature active noise cancellation. What does that mean? Practically, Nuheara suggests that its proprietary EarID system works "like an audiologist in a box" and will calibrate sound and cancellation to your ears. Wonderful.
The big difference between IQbuds and the likes of Apple's AirPods, however, is that they are designed to manipulate the sounds coming in with their Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation -- helping those who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. They are expected to ship in the second half of 2019 for between $500 and $600.
Matrix PowerWatch 2
Matrix Industries' latest fitness watch looks like the closest anyone's ever come to making the no-charging-necessary dream a reality: The PowerWatch 2 runs completely off solar power and body-generated heat. And it doesn't look too bad, either. All the essentials are here, including heart rate, step counting, an always-on reflective color screen, 200-meter water resistance, notifications and GPS. You can preorder it now on Indiegogo for $200 (about £160 or AU$280) and it will cost $499 when it's available later this year.
This clever device lets you trim your teeth-brushing time to 10 seconds. You add toothpaste, position the Y-Brush in your mouth and turn the motor on. As the brushes vibrate, you make a chewing motion for 5 seconds after which you remove it, flip the Y-Brush and repeat. And unlike the usual quirky devices we see at CES, this one's actually slated to ship soon -- in April -- and you can preorder it for $125 (which converts roughly to £100 and AU$175) now.
The Maximus Answer DualCam Doorbell
A video doorbell with two cameras seems like it should exist already, but up until now... we don't think it has. Enter the Answer DualCam, which can keeps one eye forward and one eye on the package on your doorstep with its two motion-sensing 1080p HDR cameras. You can view the two-camera feed on your phone through the Kuna app and when someone rings the bell, it pings your phone, so you can say g'day and tell them where to delicately place your ordered goods.
The doorbell is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2019 at a cost of $199.
Samsung Space Monitor
Samsung revamped the monitor arm for the 21st century. Its 27- and 32-inch Space Monitors clamp to the back of the workspace and sit flush against the wall when not in use. You just pull them down to any level when you need them. The Space Monitors (SR75) will ship in March for $400 (27-inch) and $500 (32-inch).
Leeo Smart Alert and Ping service
Keep an eye on selected friends and family -- not in the creepy, literal sense -- with the Leeo Smart Alert, a color-changing nightlight that senses motion, sound, temp, humidity and light. The Ping service, launching later this year, connects the Smart Alert to an app, showing the color-coded status of people you've added to your network. You can tap or get push notifications prompting you to check on them. It seems primarily intended for grown children to monitor their parents. Sharing their own info is designed to reduce that helicopter-child feeling which can be detrimental to the older folks' sense of independence.
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KitchenAid Smart Display
You'd think a kitchen-friendly smart display would be built to withstand kitchen messes -- no klutzes here, nope! -- but it turns out that water resistance is a novelty. KitchenAid comes to the rescue of messy cooks with its splash-resistant entrant into the relatively crowded category. It also offers Yummly recipe recommendations. It's slated to ship in the latter half of the year, with pricing somewhere between $200 and $300.
Samsung Notebook Odyssey
Samsung's latest gaming monster has an all-metal chassis, a brand-new heating system and it's packed with top-end internal components which should help you blitz through a bit of Fortnite with reckless abandon.
The notebook is due to go on sale in the US in early 2019, although full pricing isn't yet known.
Shure MV88 Plus
Shure's MV88 Plus kit has everything you need to start recording better quality video with your phone. Along with a Manfrotto mini tripod and a phone clamp, the kit uses a Shure condensor microphone that promises to capture much higher quality audio than your phone's built-in speakers will manage.
The kit ships towards the end of the month for $249.
We've seen plenty of health tracking gadgets for your kids, but these are among the cutest. Children wear the Airsone Junior trackers like a badge. They monitor breathing and heart rate, and can detect wheezing and coughs. It will alert parents if it registers these symptoms, which can be a precursor to an asthma attack especially when kids are sleeping.
It will retail for $199 (about £155 and AU$280), and ships in June this year.