CES 2018 will take place in Las Vegas and will be the 51st event held. CES, which stands for the Consumer Electronics Show, first took place in New York City in June 1967. In the 50 years since, thousands of products have been announced, including many that have changed how we live our lives.
The worlds tech giants that lead the innovation frontier mostly attend the CES event and often showcase current products along with soon to be released products that will hit consumers in 2018, so in short CES 2018 is the starting gun for what we should expect in 2018 from fitness wearables and smart home.
First up is Garmin who attend the event last year and announced the Garmin Fenix 5 series. Since the release of the Fenix 5, Garmin has had a busy year with a number of wearables and sports tech from the Vivosmart 3, Vivoactive 3, Edge 1030 and the recently announced Vivofit 4.
So what do we expect from Garmin at CES 2018, well for almost certain I expect the Forerunner 645 with music to make an appearance and be announced at CES 2018? This fitness wearable device was leaked a couple of months ago and is tipped to be a blend between a Vivoactive 3 and a Forerunner with music storage. It will also be waterproof and have GPS for outdoor sports tracking. Garmin Pay is also featured along with an optical wrist-based Heart rate monitor.
A couple of months I was speculating that we would see a Garmin Fenix 6 at CES 2018, however, since I saw the Forerunner 645 leak I am now more inclined to think that the Fenix 5 will just see an update to the Fenix 5 range. The updates I expect to see are Garmin Pay, additional watch materials, improved screen and maybe even music support.
Fitbit has had a permanent presence at CES over the last few years and CES 2018 will be no exception. Fitbit launched its first smartwatch this year in the form of the Fitbit Ionic, however as suggested it has not made a massive dent in the wearable market with reports that many Ionics are still sitting in stock
The Charge 2 is overdue an update and I will be not surprised if the Charge 3 does not make an appearance with updated features like a sleeker design and maybe adding waterproof capabilities along with some 24/7 stress monitoring like featured on other Fitbit wearables.
The Blaze is another device that could see an update in 2018. Whilst I think the Blaze 2 is an outside shot for an update in 2018 given the Ionic was launched in 2017 and was a step up from the original blaze, Fitbit may look to add features like waterproof capabilities along with advanced running matrix in the Blaze 2
Google has been absent from CES for the past couple of years in an official capacity, but CES 2018 will see them taking part officially and in a big way. Spotted by ChromeUnboxed, Google’s booth at CES is actually one of the outdoor locations right outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
It is unclear what Google will bring to CES, but for sure I am betting on them bring the Google Max and other “Made by Google” products including the Google Pixel 2 and Chromebooks.
AN outside bet for me at CES 2018 and Google is the announcement of a fitness wearable or smartwatch like the Pixel smartwatch. Speculation has been building for a few months, but no firm details have been released.
Samsung has been pushing its wearables in a big way in 2017 with the Gear Sport and the Gear Fit pro 2 and these have been greatly received by consumers.
Whilst many expected to see the Samsung Gear S4 being launched at the IFA in September, but instead the Gear Sport came along I am giving it an outside bet that we will see the Gear S4 being showcased at CES 2018
Neato is one of the leader’s in smart robots for the home with its Neato Connected product line. Neato is attending CES 2018 and plans to showcase its connected robot vacuum cleaners and I suspect the new Connect D7 by hosting a Neato Smartlife Open House. I have recently got my hands on the Neato Botvac Connected and the Connected D5 and the reviews will be up shortly.
Huawei has announced a press conference on January 9 and I am expecting wearables to take centre stage.Recent leaks suggest a new Honor A2 fitness band is coming in Q1 of this year and a 360 camera. I will keep you posted on what the press announcement brings.
After Nokia completing the acquisition of Withings in 2017 they have been busy rebranding and removing any trace of the Withings brand. Whilst I don’t have any firm details about new products, I suspect Nokia will focus on health and fitness in the form of new devices that can help us with our daily life’s.
Suunto has been busy releasing and updating the Spartan line of sports watches with the Spartan Sport, Spartan trainer this year and the Spartan Boro, so it will be unlikely we will see any fitness wearables at CES 2018.
What is more likely is at CES for Suunto is to showcase its Movesense hardware and software platform. The company has allowed developers to build the technology into its own products
So watch this space and keep checking back for the latest coverage at CES 2018 and if you have any comments or suggestions of your own then leave them in the comments section below
Happy CES 2018 everyone!