Stuff CES 2018 Wearable Tech Awards winners announced

We scoured the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre in search of the best wearable tech of CES 2018

All year, technology manufacturers work tirelessly crafting new inventions, creating gadgets that they hope will wow the world with their innovation, practicality and design.

Then, they bring them to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, so that journalists can mercilessly pick them apart, say which ones they like and don't like, and declare the winners and losers in list-based features. Just like this one!

Every year, Stuff picks out the best Wearable technology from the show – the gadgets that you will attach to your body in one way or another in 2018. This year has seen some particularly noteworthy new inventions – things that we didn't know we needed, but have the potential to change our lives for the better. There were also drastic improvements to existing tech, leaving us feeling that we can't wait to upgrade.

Whether you want to get healthier, give yourself a makeover, or just have fun, there’s a wearable piece of technology that’ll help you do it.

So, in no particular order, here's our list of the best wearable tech of CES 2018 - the ten wearable products you should have on your radar in the coming year. Enjoy!

L'Oreal UV Sense (S$TBC)

Here's a sentence we didn't expect to be writing when we boarded the plane to Vegas: L'Oreal has one of the best pieces of tech of CES 2018. Its UV Sense, which is about the size of a drop of water, sticks to any part of your body or clothing, and tells you when you're exposing yourself to too much UVA and UVB light.

Sunburn is one of those things that can catch anyone out, and with the risks of skin cancer well known, this simple piece of tech is actually incredibly vital. Even better, it'll cost only around £30 (RM165) when it launches, it can be reapplied multiple times, and it has a battery life in the months, if not years. It'll be available through dermatologists later this year, and on general release in 2019.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music (£399, ~S$530)

Garmin's long made some of the best fitness trackers for serious runners and cyclists, but they've been missing one key feature: the ability to play music. The Forerunner 645 Music is still perfect for athletes, thanks to its physical buttons that are easy to use while you sweat, but there's now 3.5GB of storage for your tunes, and Bluetooth compatibility for your wireless headphones.

What tipped it over the edge in terms of these awards is that it also packs in features that were only available on more expensive watches before, including NFC payments, Connect IQ app support, and a barometric altimeter.

If you're into sport and a data junkie (and let's face it, those two usually go together), then this is the watch for you. It's due out in February 2018.

Omron HeartGuide (S$TBC, due late 2018)

Like some of the best wearables this year, Omron's taken something that's previously required you to tether to a machine and made it portable. The HeartGuide is a smart watch that's able to do all the regular stuff like sleep tracking and notifications, but the USP is that it will also take medical-grade blood pressure readings right from your wrist.

You can either take them manually during waking hours, or it will do it automatically while you're sleeping, which, according to Omron, is the ideal environment for blood pressure readings anyway. For those who want to pay more attention to blood pressure, either for medical reasons or for general interest, this is a genuine game changer.


Jabra Elite 65t ($170, ~S$225)

The Jabra Elite Sports are our favourite sports headphones, so when the company releases a new wireless Bluetooth headset, we're all ears. The Elite 65t earphones have a five-hour battery life, and a recharging case that offers two full charges, but it's the Alexa integration that got us interested.

It means that you're no longer tied to one of Amazon's Echo devices if you want to ask Alexa a question – simply press a button and ask her for a joke, a piece of trivia, or to activate one of your smarthome gadgets. Jabra's not just tied itself to Amazon, either – it will also work with Google Assistant and Apple's Siri.

What took it over the line is the price – they'll be $170 (S$225) when they launch later this month, and while we don't have Singapore price yet, they'll probably be about the same price as Apple's AirPods.