When you’re a multi-tasking business owner working in the importing industry, it’s important to stay abreast of all the latest developments and trends in the wholesale and retail arena. This will keep you up to date with which products are likely to be in demand.
If you’re involved with tech gear, or if you want to get into this area soon, one of the top events to check out is CES. The annual Consumer Electronics Show first took place in June 1967, in New York City. Today it’s held every January in Las Vegas, over four days. It attracts over 150,000 attendees from across the globe.
CES offers a global stage for innovators to introduce their latest offerings to the market. The show has launched some of the biggest breakthrough products over the last 50 years. This list includes the VCR, CD player, Plasma TV, Xbox, Blu-Ray DVD, tablets, Android devices, smart appliances, driverless car technology, 3D printers, wearable technology, and virtual reality.
The event is held over multiple venues and showcases products in more than 30 different categories. Thousands of businesses exhibit each year, and the show’s conference program includes hundreds of sessions on tech.
As with the preceding years, the 2019 event was yet again the place to hear about some of the most exciting new consumer tech products to hit the market. Here is a wrap up of some of the coolest you need to know about.
Withings Move ECG Smartwatch
Wearables (smartwatches, fitness trackers, health monitors and the like) had their moment at CES 2019. While there were many excellent offerings at the show, one of the most talked about was the Withings Move ECG smartwatch.
This is the first analog smartwatch with an electrocardiogram (ECG) built in, meaning it can detect heart rate irregularities and save lives. The hybrid watch doesn’t need charging as it comes with a one-year replaceable battery. It also features the analogue face of a traditional watch, for those who prefer that style, plus it’s water resistant to 50 metres, provides sleep and workout tracking, and sends notifications like a typical smartwatch.
Halo Sport 2 Headphones
Human performance company Halo Neuroscience debuted their upgraded Halo Sport headphones at this year’s CES. The Halo Sport 2 is a high-end headphone product that does more than deliver excellent audio quality.
The headphones actually act as a brain stimulator, accelerating muscle memory development. They deliver an electrical current to the motor centre of the brain which, through 20 minutes of use before an activity, help to create a state of hyper-learning. Known as ‘neuropriming’, this focused state assists people to learn and remember.
The latest version of the headphones now offers an entirely wireless experience and better audio than before. The neuropriming action is easier, too, and the related Halo Sport app also features new tracking and reminder possibilities, plus content.
P&G Opte Precision Skincare System
The world of beauty is getting increasingly tech-driven these days, something demonstrated by Proctor & Gamble’s new Opte Precision Skincare System. The company’s venture capital arm came up with this thermal inkjet printer for the face that could soon make the future of makeup and skincare brushless.
The idea is that a handheld, digital, wandlike device applies product to the face with pinpoint accuracy. It works like a thermal inkjet printer to apply tiny dots of serum, makeup and the like to the skin. Using a small camera, the machine scans faces at 200 frames per second, looking to detect freckles, moles, sunspots and other things to cover up.
The Precision Wand is designed to utilise blue LED scanning lights to enhance the skin’s contrast and thereby pick up three times more pigmentations than normally seen by the human eye. From there, it applies a precise amount of product (mineral makeup, moisturiser or a skincare serum) to the skin via a nozzle in just seconds.
Other Notable Products
Some other notable products demonstrated at CES 2019 were:
- LG Signature Series OLED TV – a rollable TV that unfurls from a storage base at the touch of a button.
- Foldimate – a folding machine that, after just five seconds or so, spits out perfectly folded laundry.
- Kohler Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet – a smart toilet that allows owners to converse with Amazon’s Alexa as they do their ‘business’. It also comes with ambient lighting, mood music, a personal dryer, and a heated seat.
- Cambridge Audio Alva TT Turntable – the first vinyl player in the world that can stream Bluetooth aptX HD, allowing it to stream 24-bit/48kHz audio to speakers, amps, and headphones.