CES 2024 is winding down after a bumper year of health innovations, smart rings, and more spatial headsets and smart glasses than you can shake a stick at.
With so many announcements to keep track of, we've compiled our favorite new and upcoming releases that debuted on the show floor in Las Vegas.
Everything on this list has us mightily intrigued for the coming year - and these new releases show that it's set to be another hectic one in the world of wearable tech.
Garmin Lily 2
Garmin came back with the impossibly small Garmin Lily 2 smartwatch - a hybrid smartwatch aimed at women.
Available in standard and the more premium 'Classic' designs, the 34mm/35mm case is noticeably tiny when viewed in person. It still comes with the textured lens which gives an attractive effect even when the screen is dimmed.
New additions for Lily 2 are new dance sport profiles, and the inclusion of the new Body Battery, sleep score, Morning Report, and Garmin Pay functionality (for the Classic model).
The launch of the Garmin HRM-Fit rounded out a female-focused CES for the fitness giant.
The heart rate monitor strap clips onto medium- and high-support sports bras – including those from Adidas, Athleta, NoBull, and Under Armour - and aims to solve the pain point with sports bras and traditional chest straps.
As you’d expect, the HRM-Fit can connect to a range of Garmin watches and Edge cycling computers, and also feed features the full gamut of Garmin's Running Dynamics metrics.
The long-awaited Evie is about to launch - and doesn't disappoint as a smart ring for women.
The unique design not only enables the band to slightly expand to fit perfectly even when the finger swells during the natural monthly cycle, but it also makes for an attractive smart ring that’s easy to like.
The metrics and analysis are still quite basic, but the AI-powered insights will grow the longer you wear it. There’s plenty to come from Movano, but users will need to be patient with this one.
Read our hands-on with the Movano Evie.
Following a public preview period over the last few months, health company Abbott used CES 2024 to announce that its Lingo continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is now on sale in the UK.
The semi-invasive CGM comes as a single sensor for £89 (or as a four-pack for £300), with users able to place it on their arm and use the companion app to monitor spikes and dips in their blood glucose.
While it may appear to be a medical device targeted at diabetics, Abbott has instead talked up the Lingo as a wearable that everybody can use to form healthier habits relating to sleep, mood, focus, and energy.
We're looking forward to testing this one out once we get back across the pond.
Withings is getting pretty used to introducing its bleeding-edge tech at CES, and this year was no different. The brand used CES 2024 to debut the BeamO - a rectangular-shaped device that provides four types of medical-grade readings from home.
It's able to take an electrocardiogram (ECG), read the user's temperature, view blood oxygen saturation, and act as a stethoscope to track heart rate and listen out for respiratory sounds.
The BeamO hasn't been cleared by medical regulators just yet, however, which is why no pricing or availability information has been released by Withings just yet.
It wins our award for the best-named product at CES this year, at least.
These smart specs – manufactured by EssilorLuxoticca, the owner of Ray-Ban – use beamforming technology to identify the person you're talkung to in a crowded room and amplify their voice.
It's aimed at people with mild to moderate hearing loss, who struggle to follow conversations in crowded environments. It also means that users don't have to wear conspicious earbuds, or get fitted by an audiologist for hearing aids, with the associated stigmas.
XREAL Air 2 Ultra AR Glasses
The XREAL Air AR glasses impressed us in our demo at Pepcom on day one of CES 2024.
Following Apple's lead for spatial computijng, the glasses showed off high quality and impressive immersion of virtual objects, and reacted to physical controllers on the table top to switch between modes.
We navigated virtual desktops, video calling demos and even movie watching.
Some elements were a little rudimentary and agricultural in their appliation – but by and large, an impressive demonstratioin of spatial computing in a relatively small pair of XR specs.
This pet tracker caught the eye, with an AI element that's designed to track your pet's health and watch out for changes in their behavior.
Designed for cats and dogs (but arguably a little big for felines), the Minitailz monitors heart rate, scans for heart conditions including Afib, and looks for subtle changes in your pet's activity levels or behavior.
It's also a GPS tracker too, with a $8.99 monthly subscription.
The Master and Dynamic MW75-Neuro – a new pair of EEG headphones – has launched at CES 2024.
The headphones are a collaboration between the headphone maker and Neurable, an AI company that can decipher concentration levels through electrical activity in the brain.
The MW75-Neuro harnesses the electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor to coach users on their concentration levels, advise when to take breaks, and analyze the parts of the day when focus levels are at their best.
The CEO of Neurable showed us the EEG in action, and I completed several easy tasks and watched my concentration levels rise and fall. The MW-75 is certainly grounded in some excellent tech, which the US Air Force is also taking advantage of.
Ultrahuman Ring Air won our Best Smart Ring award in December, and now the Indian wearables company has brought an interesting new innovation to CES 2024.
The Ultrahuman Home is a home hub, which logs the likes of air quality, artificial light, temperature, and noise levels in your house.
It passes information and insights onto the user in the hope of aiding healthy habits, including sleep hygiene and mental health boosts.
If it spots your home's natural light lacking, for example, it might recommend that you make changes to ensure your circadian rhythm or vitamin D intake doesn't suffer.
It's a new aspect we've not seen from wearables companies. If Ultrahuman can make this work with its wearable data, it could be a seriously impressive ecosystem.
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