BY SARAH RENSEJUL 23, 2019
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 15 new gadgets that we hope will make life more electronically engaging—and easier, too.Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistantbestbuy.com$49.99BUY
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 Watchwithings.com$69.95BUY
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.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
Mophie Juice Pack Accessamazon.com
$99.95$71.41 (29% off)BUY
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.Waverly Ambassador Translatorindiegogo.com$109.00PRE-ORDER
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.