CES 2019 in Las Vegas is upping the ante in the wearable tech field. “We are seeing the evolution of wearables. People are already familiar with trackers they wear on their wrist to count their steps. But there is a whole new generation of wearables out there,” said PCMag Editor-in-Chief Dan Costa on the final day of CES 2019.
As the most exciting growth areas, Costa pointed out new headphones and sleep trackers that are shifting the focus from exercise to overall well being. "These wearables are teaching you a lot more about your behavior and your health than just tracking. It’s all about giving consumers the information, using the device to power individual decision making." And wearables aren’t just for humans, either, with wearables for pets coming to a dog park near you.
Industry forecasts confirm this evolution: according to eMarketer, sales of simple fitness trackers will stagnate in 2019, while 50.6% of adult wearable users will regularly wear a smartwatch for features such as AI-powered health insights. Also overheard at CES 2019: 'hearables,' like in-ear translation devices, are the biggest growth area in this fast-paced segment.
Check out these Best Buy-approved wearable tech product picks that are making waves at CES 2019:
The not-so secret life of pets: RAWR Smart Pet Collar.
Pet parents, rejoice! It’s time to give your pet the personal assistant they deserve with the RAWR Smart Pet Collar. Paired with the RAWR app for iOS and Android, this smart collar checks is a real multitasker. Track your pet’s vitals to detect early signs of disease, and get peace of mind that your pup won’t get lost: RAWR uses an advanced combination of GPS, cellular and Wi-Fi to precisely track your best friend’s location in real time. RAWR promotes a healthy lifestyle for your pet by tracking calorie expenditure, setting activity goals, and even scheduling vet appointments. You can promote good behavior by training your pet with the vibro vibration feature, and enjoy night walks lit by the LED light, which keeps your pet visible up to 1600 feet. Unlike trackers of the past, part of RAWR’s appeal is how small and sleek it is on your pet’s collar—which you can customize to their preferred colors and materials, of course. The only thing this smart collar doesn’t do? Walk Fido for you.
Wherever you may roam: Garmin vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch.
The Garmin vívoactive 3 Music smartwatch boasts Verizon 4G LTE connectivity to do everything you rely on your phone for—even if you’re far from your phone. Send and receive text messages, track your Uber ride, or control other smart devices in your home via the SmartThings app, all from your wrist. Built for active lifestyles, the vívoactive 3 Music can hold 500 downloaded songs and comes with 15 preloaded sports apps. And you’ll feel safer on remote trails with the watch’s two-fold safety features. When the vívoactive 3 Music senses impact—like if you tripped and fell—it automatically emails and texts your emergency contacts with your GPS location. You can also manually activate this feature by pushing a button. With capabilities ranging from entertainment to fitness to safety, this watch has you covered.
Tune in without tuning out: Jabra Elite 85h headphones.
Just announced at CES and available exclusively at Best Buy beginning in April, the Jabra Elite 85h Headphones take noise cancelling technology to the next level with real-time adjustments based on your environment. Using artificial intelligence and eight microphones, these sleek headphones allow users to decide how much of the outside world remains audible, with modes like “Commuting,” and “In Private." Making the magic happen is audEERING context intelligence technology, an AI-driven system that can recognize 6,000 unique sound characteristics in the environment to adapt audio output. With your choice of personal assistant—Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant—built-in and awaiting your command, you can remain hands-free on the go. And you can keep going for a whopping 32 hours, thanks to the unprecedented battery life of these powerhouses. The audio quality is also top notch for music and phone calls, thanks to the eight built-in microphones. Judging by the lines at CES 2019, audiences are eager to hear more.
If you weren’t able to make it to the show…
No worries: You can already check out and purchase a variety of buzzworthy CES tech products at Best Buy. When you’re out exploring the urban realm, the Garmin DriveSmart 6.95-inch GPS points you in the right direction with detailed, up-to-date maps, while Garmin Traffic helps avoid congestion. If you’re working out at home on a rainy day, feast your eyes on vivid colors courtesy of the 75-inch TCL 4K LED TV with its native 4K Ultra HD and built-in Roku streaming. And get your post-workout dinner cooking by the power of your voice with the GE smart countertop microwave oven, featuring Amazon Alexa for convenient voice activation.
Wearables are here to improve your life with every step you take. Choosing the right one for your lifestyle is a highly personal decision, and Best Buy is here to help. You can always count on the expertise of a friendly Blue Shirt tech expert to find your match. Their two cents is always free.