The best of CES 2018 wearables, fitness and smart home
CES 2018 is now completed and the likes of Garmin, Samsung, Suunto and Google have all packed up and headed back home after announcing some incredible new products or services to hit us 2018. Whilst CES 2018 had a boatload of new products lots of them won’t hit retailers in 2018, so it decided to cover the hot announcements from CES 2018 ranging from wearables, fitness and smart home that will come out this year
The Run up to CES 2018 saw lots of rumours swirling around about various different new wearables from the likes of Garmin in particular with the hottest being the Fenix 6 and I am still fairly confident we will see an updated Fenix 5 this year lots of people were left disappointed. Hopefully, this CES 2018 wearables, fitness and smartphone roundup will give you something salivate over and look forward to 2018.
Samsung SmartThings App
Samsung announced the arrival of the SmartThings app that will be coming to the Samsung Gear S3 and the Gear Sport this year.
Whilst Samsung didn’t announce any new watches or the very much anticipated Samsung Gear S4, Samsung did announce the release of the Smartthings app that will come to the Gear Sport and the Gear S3 later this year.
The Smartthings app from Samsung will be used to control a whole host of smart home products and services that work with the SmartThings hub. No news on when it will be released, but I suspect it will be around March or April this year.
Essential reading: Samsung Gear Sport Review
Garmin at CES 2018
Whilst many was expecting Garmin to announce a Fenix 6 or at least an update to the Fenix 5 with music, Garmin fans were not left disappointed with the Garmin Forerunner 645 and 645m
Garmin Forerunner 645
Garmin announced the Forerunner 645 and the 645m with music. The new Fitness watch from Garmin will feature GPS, optical heart rate sensor, sports tracking along with everyday fitness tracking. For the people wanting music on the wrist, the FR 645M will feature music storage and streaming.
The FR645 will be priced at £349 and for the 645m £399 and it will start shipping in 4-8 weeks in the US and the UK, so around March 2018 time.
Must read: Garmin Forerunner first impressions
Garmin Vivofit 4
Whilst the Garmin Vivofit 4 was not announced at CES and just before, it did feature at CES 2018. You will be able to customise the display on the Vivofit 4 in the Garmin Connect smartphone app, change themes. It does not have built-in GPS nor does it have an optical HR sensor, but it does track steps and other activity data for you along with a whopping 1-year battery life.
The Garmin Vivofit 4 is priced at £69 and is available in 4-6 weeks
Suunto had a couple of products to show off, the first being the Fitness 3 sports watch and Suuntos Movesense technology
Suunto Fitness 3
The Suunto Fitness 3 is the company’s latest fitness watch that’s all about building training plans that adapt based on how much you work out and effort you put in. The Fitness 3 does not feature GPS, with walking and running set to be tracked using the built-in accelerometer to deliver speed, pace and distance details. but it can track running, swimming, cycling and gym training with its built-in sports profiles
The Suunto Fitness 3 will be priced at £229 (approximately $270 Suunto have not released when the Fitness 3 will be available, but check back for further updates
Must read: Suunto Spartan trainer review
Suunto showcased Movesense hardware and software platform. The company has allowed developers to build the technology into its own products. This for me is a promising innovation and whilst it’s not a direct to consumer product by Suunto, it will still benefit consumers via other fitness products.
I was hoping for a Google Pixel smartwatch running Android wear to be announced at CES 2018, but it didn’t happen. However Google did announce an interesting product to compete with Alexa
Google’s own Smart Display
The search giant announced its own Smart Display powered by Google Assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon Echo Show. Companies like LG, Sony, Lenovo and JBL will manufacture these speakers, and they will perform certain tasks like video calling, watching YouTube, playing music, dimming lights, locking doors, setting alarms and more.
Misfit is one wearable manufacturer that is still going strong and doing its thing in its own way for consumers that want an alternative fitness tracker
The new Misfit Path is a stainless steel hybrid smartwatch, meaning it looks like a traditional, analogue watch but lacks a touchscreen and has the Bluetooth connectivity of a smartwatch. The Path doesn’t have built-in heart rate sensors, but will track your steps, sleep, calories burned and distanced travelled throughout the day. The Misfit Path is water-resistant up to 50 meters and features a user-replaceable battery that lasts up to 6 months.
The Misfit Path is expected to launch in the spring and will cost $150 £130
Scosches announced a number of new products at CES 2018 and below is the main 2 that are the key highlights for SCOSCHE
SCOSCHE RHYTHM 24
SCOSCHE’s new armband heartrate monitor offers a new design, compared to its predecessor, and it also comes with some new features. The SCOSCHE RHYTHM 24 also offers variable activity modes in order to ensure accurate biometric measurements. The SCOSCHE RHYTHM 24 is compatible with a ton of fitness apps out there, including RunKeeper, My My Fitness, Strava, and a number of other apps that support Bluetooth Smart, and fitness gadget that come with ANT+ support.
RHYTHM 24 should know that this gadget will become available starting spring 2018, but no details on price at this time
The BoomBottle MM is Scosche’s new cylindrical speaker with magnetic mounting and indoor/outdoor EQ sensing adjustments. This powerful and compact speaker is as stunning in your home as it is rugged for your outdoor adventures.
No date on launch or price at this time.
Philips Hue is a product I personally use at home and I have connected to Apples HomeKit and recently Google Home powered by Google Assistant. Philips announced a number of changes and partner collaborations
Philips Hue and Razer partnership
When using a device that features Razer Chroma, which includes everything from the Razer Blade line of laptops to Razer Chroma keyboards, gaming controllers, and mice, allowing your Philips Hue lights to react to whatever game you’re playing.
You can choose to set each bulb to a preferred colour or sync all of your lights with one touch using Razer’s Synapse 3 hardware configuration software
Philips Hue Entertainment
Philips calls this “Hue Entertainment,” and added that a “Hue Sync” app for macOS High Sierra and Windows 10 devices will be coming in Q2 2018. Hue Sync will let you create and customize light scripts for games, movies, and music played on a Mac or Windows computer.
Also in Q2 2018, the company plans to update its iOS and Android apps to version 3.0, bringing about a redesign of the app inspired by comments and feedback from current Hue users. Philips said 3.0 will “enhance” existing and new features so that the smart home lighting system can be activated “with even more ease.”
Philips Hue to go outdoors
this summer Philips will introduce an outdoor line of Hue bulbs so that you can sync and control lighting in a backyard or elsewhere through the connected Hue app. I am very excited about this move by Philips to go outdoors with the Philips Hue product even though I already use a White bulb in my porch light with no issues.
No other information regarding the outdoor line and its price tag was given.
Neato didn’t explicitly announce any new products, but they had a Neato Smartlife Open House which they showcased the Neato Robot vacuum cleaners ranging from the Neato D5 and the Neato Botvac D7 which is the latest robot vacuum from Neato.
Must read: Neato Botvac D5 Connected review
I have been using the Neato D5 and the Neato COnnected as part of an article I am writing and so far very impressed with this smart home tech.
L’Oreal sunburn detection
L’Oreal, has unveiled a tiny £30 sensor designed to be placed on a thumbnail. It detects ultraviolet rays in order to tell when wearers have spent too much time in sunlight and their skin is at risk. It is 2mm thick and is attached to the thumbnail, an area that receives the optimal amount of sunlight to detect if the wearer is at risk. The Fake fingernail will connect to a smartphone app via similar technology used in contactless payments.
It plans to put it on sale in the UK in 2019 and is aiming for it to cost around $40 (£30).