This year’s CES saw the launch of a new robot dog, a TV the size of your average living room wall and a two-hour power outage, but there were tons of announcements to get wearable lovers excited too.
Products including fully fledged running watches and fitness trackers, as well as high-end smartwatches made an appearance, but there were also a variety of strange new devices to help improve your life.
Below we’ve run through some of the best wearable tech we’ve seen announced at CES 2018 so far this year.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
One of the most fitness-centric devices this year at CES was from mainstay Garmin, but it’s the first time the brand has brought music integration to a watch and the news was very much welcome.
The Forerunner 645 Music is a fully fledged running watch – something the company specializes and usually succeeds in making – but this time you’re able to upload tracks and listen to them via a Bluetooth headset or even stream using Deezer (or iHeart Radio in the US).
Everything else is here though, including GPS, a heart rate monitor and access to all of Garmin’s top-end fitness tracking features too.
Casio G-Shock Rangeman
Casio’s latest smartwatch can be charged using solar energy to help you get out of sticky situations when you’re off adventuring and your other devices have run out of energy.
Casio says the device can be recharged in four hours of sunlight, which will then allow for an hour of GPS. While that may not sound that impressive, the company thinks that for some that may be the difference between life and death.
Plus this smartwatch offers resistance to both mud and cold temperatures, as well as a barometer, altimeter, compass and thermometer. It’s not cheap though at $800 (around £590 / AU$1,020), so only buy this if you’re a true Bear Grylls-type.
Garmin Vivofit 4
Unlike the Forerunner 645 Music above, this is a very affordable wearable and comes with less features because of that. Saying that, the Vivofit 4 is an impressive fitness tracker considering the low price.
It comes with what Garmin says should be a full year of battery life as well as a color display that shows off your daily stats including the weather, step count and calories burned.
There’s no GPS or heart rate monitor here, but if you’re looking for a basic fitness device to keep track of your stats this year the Vivofit 4 may be well-suited when it launches in the coming months.
Suunto 3 Fitness
This isn’t the top Suunto watch you’ll be able to buy in 2018 as it doesn’t come with a GPS tracker, but it does come with an adaptive fitness feature that you may find useful.
It’s called Adaptive Training Guidance and sets you up with a series of sessions it wants you to complete for a workout. If you then miss one, it’ll rearrange that at a later date so you won’t have to miss out or rearrange your diary.
This is going to be especially good if you’re prone to reorganizing your diary at the last moment and don’t want to have to dive in and re-sort your workout schedule manually.
This one is a less adventurous watch, but the Misfit Path looks to be another fashionable hybrid from the brand that specializes in fitness trackers that aren’t embarrassing to wear on a night out.
Path is the smallest hybrid watch the company has ever made, so should be suitable if you have slimmer wrists and don’t want a gargantuan watch taking up the little space you have between your arm and hands.
Matrix PowerWatch X
This is a watch that charges from you. Yeah, you read that right. It uses a proprietary thermometric energy converter to change your body heat into smartwatch battery.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen a watch use this technology – that would be the PowerWatch released by the same company last year – but it’s the first time we’ve seen it used in a smartwatch and this could be one of the most interesting devices in the smartwatch market this year.
Matrix says the silicone rubber strap on the watch is “nearly indestructible”, plus there’s a reinforced bezel, 200m water resistance and limited notifications from your phone so you’ll know when you’re getting a call.
…And the rest
We’ve seen lots of other announcements at the show, here are a few of our other favorites:
Coros Omni helmet – a smart bike helmet that uses bone conduction technology to allow you to safely listen to music when on a ride.
Philips SmartSleep tracker – this tracker isn’t designed for everyone, but it attempts to “intervene with clinically proven technology to boost slow wave sleep in real time.”
Kate Spade Scallop watch – a well-crafted smartwatch built from the ground up for women.
Skagen Falster watch – this looks to be a strong contender for the best-looking smartwatch of 2018.
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