Every year, the tech world descends on Las Vegas at the beginning of January to get a glimpse of the future. The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is the first chance the biggest tech and consumer goods companies in the world (minus Apple) have to wow journalists with their biggest, boldest new gizmos.
As the lines blur between health, fitness, and tech companies, there should be no surprise that exercise tech is well represented at the show. The 2019 slate of CES stuff wasn’t quite as spectacular as in years past, but there were still some highlights we’re hyped to get our hands on later this year and beyond.
Here are 5 new gadgets we’re excited about from CES 2019.
These updated smart buds from Australian company Nuheara are one of our favorite audio options on the market—so any update to the gadget has our attention.
This new model, the IQBuds Max, promises to be the most advanced yet. The company claims the Max has triple power for hearing features and five time the processing power of its previous products, which provide augmented audio features for people with hearing loss (or anyone else) along with standard Bluetooth earbud capabilities. The real killer feature is a Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation feature, which promises to filter the sounds of the world around you into a personal hearing profile.
Look for the IQbuds Max in the second half of 2019.
This smart, adjustable kettlebell from JAXJOX promises to do for kettlebells what Bowflex’s Select Tech equipment did for dumbbells—and that can only be a good thing, since we honored the latter product in our 2018 Home Fitness Awards.
You can switch between six different weights (12 to 42 pounds) using the digital display, then track your workout with the six axis motion sensors built into the weight and companion app.
KettlebellConnect is available now, so you can make your home workouts smarter as soon as you can get your hands on one.
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Not everything at CES has batteries. Outdoor adventure outfitter The North Face debuted its latest and greatest outerwear tech, Futurelight, at the event.
The company claims the new material, made from a process called Nanospinning technology, is the “most advanced breathable-waterproof outerwear material” on the market. The Futurelight material has been mountain tested for the past 2 years, with the goal of making waterproof items like clothes and gear less bulky and synthetic-feeling.
Look for North Face goods made from the new material to start rolling out later this fall.
This second-gen smartwatch promises to solve the problem of battery life with a novel solution: Harness the wearer’s energy to power the gadget. Matrix, the company behind the Powerwatch, has developed tech that uses body heat and ambient light for juice.
The Powerwatch 2 add features like heart rate monitoring, GPS location tracking, 200 meter water resistance, and a color display (which was lacking in the company’s previous products), all of which could make this a tracking powerhouse.
If all goes according to plan, the Powerwatch 2 will ship this June. You can back it now on Indiegogo.
We gave Halo Neuroscience’s first product, the Halo Sport headset, a try and were intrigued by the potential of “neuropriming,” which claims to zap your brain to prep you for athletic activity by developing muscle memory faster through transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS).
The next iteration of Halo Sport hit CES with updated features like built-in Bluetooth connectivity and audio quality upgrades, new “primers” (the devices used for the brain training), and a new app.
You can start hacking your performance with Halo Sport 2 when it launches in April.
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