Best of CES 2018

The Most For­ward-Think­ing iOS Gad­gets from the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show

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Our award win­ners for most in­no­va­tive iOS prod­ucts from this year's Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show.

Ev­ery year, we make our pil­grim­age to the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas to find the coolest new tech for your iPhone, iPad, and Ap­ple Watch. Brav­ing the crowds of more than 180,000 at­ten­dees, we found for you the most for­ward-think­ing, cre­ative, and use­ful iOS-re­lated gear com­ing to mar­ket this year.

Please note that while a cou­ple of the award win­ners are also iPhone Life spon­sors, the ed­i­to­rial award se­lec­tion process was in­de­pen­dent of our ad­ver­tis­ing depart­ment.

Coros Omni Smart Cy­cling Hel­met ($199)

In spite of the ob­vi­ous dan­gers, many cy­clists en­joy lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and tak­ing or mak­ing calls while rid­ing their bikes. With the Omni Smart Cy­cling Hel­met, Coros has clev­erly min­i­mized the dan­gers. The hel­met de­liv­ers au­dio via bone con­duc­tion, al­low­ing cy­clists to en­joy mu­sic while stay­ing aware of their sur­round­ings. A re­mote mounted on the han­dle­bars al­lows rid­ers to take calls and use other func­tions with­out pulling out their phones or tak­ing their hands off the han­dle­bars. Rear lights im­prove vis­i­bil­ity to driv­ers. Rid­ers can also track their rides via Omni's com­pan­ion app.

Om­ron HeartGuide Blood Pres­sure Smart Watch (TBD)

Om­ron, a trusted brand in blood pres­sure mon­i­tors, is awaiting FDA ap­proval for its lat­est en­deavor: a smart­watch that will check your blood pres­sure through­out the day so you can get an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of your health. The color-coded read­ings let you see whether or not you're at a healthy level at a glance, and the watch also lets you check no­ti­fi­ca­tions, mon­i­tor your daily ac­tiv­ity, and even track your sleep qual­ity. The free Om­ron Con­nect app will al­low you to com­pile all of the in­for­ma­tion and even share it with your doc­tor.

Po­laroid Pop In­stant Dig­i­tal Cam­era ($199.99)

This cam­era is Wi-Fi en­abled and spits out prints like an old-fash­ioned Po­laroid but also con­nects to an app on your iPhone so you can keep dig­i­tal copies of your snap­shots. While it's easy to love the in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion of phys­i­cal prints, it's hard to keep track of them or share them with friends and fam­ily. Now, you can just con­nect the Pop to your Wi-Fi net­work, open the Po­laroid app on your iPhone, and all the pic­tures will be there. A 20-megapixel sen­sor and 1080p video recorder mean you get high-res­o­lu­tion pho­tos and videos with the retro charm of a real Po­laroid.

Jabra Elite 65t True Wire­less Ear­bud Line ($169.99– $189.99)

With Jabra's new line of true wire­less ear­buds, users can choose the fea­tures they want, all while enjoying the ex­cel­lent au­dio qual­ity, com­fort, se­cure fit, and con­sis­tently re­li­able Blue­tooth con­nec­tion Jabra is known for. The Elite 65t and Elite Ac­tive 65t come with Siri ca­pa­bil­i­ties, a 15-hour bat­tery life, four mi­cro­phones that pro­vide am­bi­ent noise re­duc­tion, and the abil­ity to cus­tom­ize mu­sic play­back with the Jabra +Sound app.

Belkin Boost Up Wire­less Charg­ing Stands & Pads (Prices TBD)

Belkin's lineup of wire­less charg­ing stands and pads are per­fect for fam­i­lies with both Ap­ple and An­droid de­vices. The Boost Up Dual Wire­less Charg­ing Pad can even charge an iPhone and an An­droid phone si­mul­ta­ne­ously at the proper wattage for each. And the Boost Up Wire­less Charg­ing Stand lets you charge your phone while us­ing it in a ver­ti­cal po­si­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, Belkin has ex­panded its color of­fer­ings beyond the util­i­tar­ian black and white to in­clude pink and blue.

Li­bra­tone Zipp & Zipp Mini with Ama­zon Alexa In­te­gra­tion (Free)

Are you ea­ger to get on the smart speaker band­wagon and make Ama­zon's per­sonal as­sis­tant Alexa part of your life? Well, good news! If you al­ready have a Li­bra­tone Zipp or Zipp Mini speaker, there's no need to go out and pur­chase a new speaker with Alexa ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Late last year, Li­bra­tone re­leased a firmware update that made its Zipp speak­ers com­pat­i­ble with the Ama­zon Echo and Echo Dot speak­ers. And now, Li­bra­tone has re­leased a free firmware update for ex­ist­ing Zipp speak­ers that turns the speak­ers you al­ready own into speak­ers with Alexa skills.

Cat­a­lyst Wa­ter­proof Case for AirPods ($29.99)

This soft sil­i­cone case is a musthave for any AirPods owner, fit­ting snug­gly over your AirPods' charg­ing case while still pro­vid­ing ac­cess to all its fea­tures. The top eas­ily folds over to give you ac­cess to your wire­less ear­buds with­out hav­ing to re­move the case, and the bot­tom has a notch that pro­vides ac­cess to the charg­ing port. The case is wa­ter­proof up to 3.3 feet and drop­proof up to four feet. It also in­cludes a cara­biner so you can se­curely clip your AirPods to your belt, purse, or back­pack.

Life­Proof Aqua­phon­ics Speaker Line ($99.99– $299.99)

We couldn't choose just one, so we de­cided to give a nod to the full line of Life­Proof Aqua­phon­ics speak­ers. Avail­able in three dif­fer­ent sizes, the en­tire line is wa­ter­proof, drop-proof, dirt-proof, and snow­proof. The AQ9 pic­tured here is the most com­pact ver­sion at $99.99. With its built-in cara­biner, it's the per­fect speaker to clip on your back­pack be­fore hit­ting the trails. It's light­weight and fea­tures an im­pres­sive 16-hour bat­tery life. The en­tire line is able to Blue­tooth pair with up to eight de­vices, has a mic for tak­ing calls, is sub­mersible up to 1 me­ter for thirty min­utes, can sur­vive drops from 1.2 me­ters, and is sealed from the el­e­ments in or­der to with­stand any ad­ven­ture.

Li­bra­tone Track+ Wire­less In-Ear ($199)

We tested a lot of great ear­buds on the CES show­room floor, and these were our fea­ture web writer Con­ner Carey's fa­vorite pair by far. Not only did the Track+ ear­buds sound amaz­ing, they also had ad­justable noise can­cel­la­tion that au­to­mat­i­cally adapted to your en­vi­ron­ment. The band that con­nects the ear­buds was the soft­est and most bend­able cord you could pos­si­bly ask for, while still hous­ing an im­pres­sive eight-hour bat­tery. Plus, the ear­buds au­to­mat­i­cally go to sleep when you set them down, so no bat­tery life is wasted. The Track+ Wire­less In-Ears are sweat­proof and splash­proof (IPX4) too.

Em­ber Ce­ramic Mug ($79.95)

Em­ber's 10-ounce ce­ramic mug is an in­no­va­tive prod­uct for cof­fee and tea lovers that keeps any hot liq­uid at the ideal tem­per­a­ture for you. Through Em­ber's iPhone app, you can set your drink to your pre­ferred tem­per­a­ture and wait for the app to let you know once it's warmed up for you. You can save your fa­vorite pre­sets in the app, so it's easy to get to the set­ting for your morn­ing cof­fee or evening chamomile tea.

Remo+ DoorCam ($199)

Have you been eye­ing a smart se­cu­rity sys­tem for a while, but don't want to bother with a time-in­ten­sive setup? Or are you a renter and don't have per­mis­sion to tam­per with ex­ist­ing hard­ware? The Remo+ DoorCam is a smart cam­era that solves a lot of these prob­lems. To in­stall, just hang the cam­era over the top of your front door. You won't need to get a drill out or pay a pro­fes­sional to do it for you! And if you're rent­ing, you'll be able to eas­ily take the DoorCam with you when it's time to move on to a new apart­ment. The DoorCam comes with a mo­tion de­tec­tor and HD cam­era so you're alerted if any­one ap­proaches your home and you can chat with who­ever's at your door in real time. We hope this is the first of many renter-friendly smart home prod­ucts to come!

iDe­vices In­stinct Smart Switch (Prices TBD)

Smart switches are noth­ing new, in­clud­ing those con­trol­lable by Ama­zon's Alexa, but the In­stinct from iDe­vices goes fur­ther. The In­stinct has Alexa built in, so you can ac­cess the voice as­sis­tant in any room where the wall switch is in­stalled. This is a great way to make your whole house smarter with­out re­quir­ing an Echo de­vice tak­ing up table space and power out­lets.

Quan­tum Storey Com­pany

Whether you think aug­mented re­al­ity or vir­tual re­al­ity is the fu­ture, Quan­tum Storey Com­pany has a fun and ed­u­ca­tional of­fer­ing. The com­pany of­fers orig­i­nal chil­dren's books that help teach a les­son us­ing both aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) and vir­tual re­al­ity (VR). The pages come to life us­ing AR and you can use the VR gog­gles sold in spe­cial pack­ag­ing (or bring your own) and in­ter­act with the characters from the story. These books are rea­son­ably priced and more sto­ries are on the way.

WT2 Ear­phone Trans­la­tor from Timeket­tle ($199)

If you've read The Hitch­hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you will re­mem­ber the Ba­bel Fish, a tiny crea­ture that sits in your ear and trans­lates other lan­guages in real time. That is ba­si­cally what the WT2 from Timeket­tle does with help from your iPhone. Two peo­ple who speak dif­fer­ent lan­guages can each wear a WT2 ear­bud and the phone trans­lates to and from each party's na­tive lan­guage. It trans­lates al­most in­stantly and is quite handy for trav­el­ers. It could also be used for hear­ing im­paired users as a way to cap­tion a speaker as their words are also shown on the phone.

Other Award Win­ners In­clude: Speck Pre­sidio Mount Case, Scosche Mag­icMount Wire­less Charg­ing Line, Zagg In­vis­i­bleShield Glass+ Luxe 360 ($69.99), Fuse Chicken Shield Light­ning cable ($35), Pow­er­cast Re­mote Wire­less Charg­ing.

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