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.
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. 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.
Waverly Ambassador Translator
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.
Ember 14 oz. Temperature Control Mug
This mug is a godsend to people who can’t function without morning coffee (as in, a large segment of the population). All it does is use internal heating technology to keep your caffeinated beverage hot—for an hour. You can nurse coffee without repeated trips to the microwave, or steep tea to the ideal temperature (all controlled via a Bluetooth-connected app). And that’s all it needs to do. While Ember debuted these mugs awhile back, the 14-ounce version is new to 2019, and extremely helpful to your morning routine.