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.
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.
Mophie Juice Pack Access
This is one of the most practical gadgets to come out this year: a portable charging case for Apple iPhones that doesn’t use or cover up the Lightning port. Meaning, you can charge your phone while listening to wired headphones. Mophie’s Juice Pack Access gets its power from any Qi wireless charging pad or its included charging cable, giving you up to 31 hours of battery life. And despite its rather sleek design, it’s strong enough to protect your phone. It fits Xs Max, Xs/X, and XR iPhones.