With each passing year, technology has been advancing very very rapidly. At the CES electronics convention in Las Vegas earlier this year, a number of elite brands showed off their best new tech. As the year’s moved on, more new stuff has been teased and released. Fortunately, you can purchase most of these gadgets right now. Unfortunately, some of them will cost an arm and a leg.
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 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 one of the most helpful gadgets.
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
In a foreign coutry and don’t know the language? Then, one of these gadgets can surely get you out of a pinch. 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.
Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses
Bose debuted an audio gadget this year that combined two things you love dearly into one: cool sunglasses and wireless earbuds. If you throw a pair of these Bose Frames on during a sunny day spent outside, the frames themselves will play music, streamed from your phone via a Bluetooth connection, exclusively for your ears. We promise, no one else will be able to hear your music playing. The speakers are that good. If you don’t love this frame shape, check out the Rondo style, with rounded edges.
GilletteLabs Heated Razor Starter Kit
Gillette’s innovation branch debuted this heated razor with an Indiegogo campaign last year, and it was wildly popular—probably because a razor that mimics the barbershop treatment sounds pretty nice. In less than a second, the razor heats up to 122 degrees, warming soap and skin for an upgraded shave. Gillette Heated Razors ordered during the Indiegogo campaign have already shipped, and Gillette now has a commercial version available. You can also sign up for automatic blade refills for however often you think you’ll need ’em.
Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones
The market is crowded with wireless sport headphones, but this is a pair worth noting. Released this spring, Beats’ Powerbeats Pro earbuds combine clear audio with workout-worthy durability. The battery life is extremely nice, and the controls are seamless. As in, when you put them on, they automatically start playing wherever your music or podcast last let off. And they come with a charging case to take with.
KitchenAid Cook Processor Connect
KitchenAid gave U.S. consumers a new kitchen counter appliance to lust after this year: the Cook Processor Connect, a do-it-all machine that automatically stirs veggies as they sauté, chops ingredients to your preferred size, kneads dough, steams food, measures weight, and more. It also comes programmed with 100 recipes with step-by-step instructions accessed through an app. It’s like an Instant Pot, but pretty (and expensive). Release date and price were not announced, but expect it to cost well over $1,000.
LG Signature OLED TV R9
This television rolls up. Seriously. LG is coming out with a new, disappearing OLED TV, with a screen that can stretch to 65 inches and then roll back into a compact box, with a launch date for the second half of 2019. There’s no price yet, but you’ll get a 4K HDR Smart TV-watching experience like none before it, with Google Assistant and Alexa. That, plus a decluttered view when you don’t want a screen hogging your living space.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire Motorcycle
Harley-Davidson made waves last year when it previewed its all-electric motorcycle, called the LiveWire. Harley gave us a delivery date and price, too: August 2019, starting at $29,799. The LiveWire targets a new demographic of motorcycle riders, one that appreciates a quiet machine for urban street riding that runs clean. It isn’t manual either, meaning no clutch or gear-shifting to accelerate. This is the first in a new generation of bikes meant to get young folks excited about motorcycles again.