By: Staff Reporter
Gillette Heated Razor
Gillette's innovation branch debuted this heated razor for an Indiegogo campaign last year, and it was wildly popular. In less than a second, the razor heats up to 122 degrees, warming soap and skin for an upgraded shave. Heated Razors ordered during the Indiegogo campaign were R2000, and Gillette announced at CES 2019 it would collect feedback and start working on a commercial version.
LG Signature OLED TV R9
This television isn't tiny; it's just rolled up. LG showed off its new, disappearing OLED TV, with a screen that can stretch to 65 inches and then roll into a compact box, at CES, setting 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 Assist. And a decluttered view.
Withings Move Activity Tracking Watch
Withings Move, the new smartwatch from Withings, monitors your activity and your sleep. It has a GPS tracker and syncs with the Health Mate app. It will cost about R1500. Most impressively, it works for 18 months without requiring a battery charge, and synched to your phone, it will always locate it. Plus its understated design with the analog clock face is more timeless than a lot of trackers on the market. Withings set a February release date at CES.
MoodoGo Portable Diffuser
Moodo makes aroma. This can be personalized thanks to four interchangeable scent capsules and smart technology. Now, Moodo has introduced the MoodoGo device, which is easy to cart around; all you need is a USB power supply for it to start dispensing good smells. The MoodoGo only holds one scent capsule, but it's a perfect fit for car cupholders and cramped desk spaces. It will be available to order in late January for R700-900.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire Motorcycle
Harley-Davidson previewed its all-electric motorcycle last year, called the LiveWire. At CES, Harley gave us a delivery date and price: August 2019, starting at $29,799, which will probably add up to north of R500K in the South African market. 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.
Nreal Light Mixed Reality Glasses
Mixed reality glasses can be used to take what you're seeing of the real world and overlay it with virtual content. At CES 2019, Nreal, a new Chinese company, showed off a pair that looks like normal glasses you can wear on the street. It's a step in the right direction. Nreal's ready-to-wear Light glasses are designed to give wearers an immersive experience with spatial sound, voice control, and a widescreen display at 1080p—without the bulky headset. If you're into mixing realities, stay tuned for more information.
Mophie Juice Pack Access
This was one of the most practical gadgets at CES, super cool too. It’s a portable charging case for Apple iPhones. You can charge your phone while listening to 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 sleek design, it's strong enough to protect the phone. It fits Xs Max, Xs/X, and XR iPhones.
Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant
The beauty of Lenovo's new Smart Clock, is its simplicity. It won't video conference or stream TV, but it covers all the other bedside bases: it tells times, charges phones, and gently wakes you up with a clock face that gradually brightens before your alarm goes off. You can still connect to Google Assistant to instruct it to do a whole lot more. Small and stylish with its grey case, it's an unobtrusive and helpful addition. Orders opened in April; the price is about R1300.
Samsung TV: The Wall and The Frame
Samsung had big TV news at CES 2019. Delving deeper into its work with micro-LED – a new class of screens with exceptional picture quality and modular capabilities – it revealed a 75-inch micro-LED TV. It complements the massive 219-inch update of The Wall, the previously 146-inch behemoth that Samsung debuted last year. Samsung also updated The Frame, seen here, to QLED quality for 2019. When you aren't watching TV, the Frame displays paintings and pictures. (The 2019 Frame is not available to order yet; finally, Samsung beefed up its QLED 8K line to include 65-, 75-, and 82-inch screens.
KitchenAid Cook Processor Connect
KitchenAid gave U.S. and European consumers a new kitchen counter appliance to die for at CES: the Cook Processor Connect, a do-it-all machine that automatically stirs vegetables while they sauté, chops ingredients to your preferred size, kneads dough, steams food, measures weight, and much more. And, that’s not all, it also comes programmed with 100 recipes with step-by-step instructions accessed through an app. It's like having a pot that cooks,instead of a pot to cook in, and it’s pretty. Release date and pricing were not announced, although most experts put it at over $1,000, (no word, yet, on if it’ll be available in South Africa, or you’ll just have to order online and forego guarantee).