10 Cool Wearables We Saw At CES 2018

Wearables We Wore -- And Loved -- At CES

Wearable devices were some of the hottest products at CES 2018 this week in Las Vegas.

However, the wearables that were showcased on the demonstrations floors weren't only the smartwatches consumers have grown accustomed to, but instead took new form factors -- such as connected gloves, helmets, or even a small sensor that can attach to a fingernail.

These wearables have an array of use cases beyond the traditional fitness tracking functions -- including sensing health hazards, educating children, and connecting to smartphones for picking up calls. CRN compiled a list of some of the top wearables we loved at this year's CES.

G-Shock Rangeman

Casio, which launched its newest smartwatch at CES, has designed an array of watches aimed for outdoor lovers -- and this new watch is no exception. The G-Shock Rangeman GPR B-1000 comes fullyu equipped for the great outdoors, with a built-in GPS system and solar charging capabilities. The $800 watch, which will go on the market in April 2018, is water-resistant and can withstand temperatures as low as minus-4 degrees Fahrenheit.

ZeTime Hybrid Smartwatch

Wearable company MyKronoz at CES launched its "hybrid smartwatch," the ZeTime Hybrid, which looks like a mechanical watch but has smart connected capabilities. The ZeTime, which is the second version of the company's original smartwatch, has a 39mm case and offers typical smartwatch functions, including fitness tracking, notifications, a weather forecast and phone controls.

The smartwatch is available on the MyKronoz website starting at $199.

L'Oreal's UV Sense

L'Oreal unveiled a new wearable at CES called UV Sense -- but it isn't a headset or bracelet. The UV Sense sticks onto consumers' nails with adhesive glue and tracks their UV exposure. UV Sense, which is battery-free, connects to apps on smartphones to deliver data about sun exposure based on the user's location. The product will get a limited launch in summer 2018, when it will be given to dermatologists.

Zhor-Tech Smart Safety Shoe

Zhor-Tech showed off its smart safety footwear at CES -- a sensor-equipped sole that can fit into shoes and analyzes daily activities. This connected shoe tracks daily distances walked, number of stairs climbed and calories burned, as well as biomechanical analysis to check that the user's posture is safe. This smart shoe will hit the market in September 2018.

LIZN Hearpieces

LIZN came to CES this year hoping to help consumers better understand speech -- especially in noisy environments and bad acoustics. The company's hearpieces use sound processing and directional sound technology to provide speech amplification, enhancing the sound of the person standing in front of someone over background noise. LIZN's Bluetooth-connected product also connects to phones so users can answer or decline phone calls. The LIZN hearpieces will be available in the spring.

Omni Smart Cycling Helmet

Wearables company Coros showed off its Omni smart cycling helmet during CES. This smart biking helmet features bone conducting audio points in the straps -- so users can listen to music but still have their ears free to hear the traffic and external environment around them.

If the rider does get into a collision, the helmet's built in sensor alerts emergency contacts through an alert on the phone. The Coros Omni bike helmet will launch this upcoming quarter for around $200.

ProGlove's Smart Glove

While the majority of products at CES are for consumers and smart homes, ProGlove's smart glove targets a different audience -- industrial workers.

The glove, which is designed to meet safety requirements for industrial conditions, features real-time visual and haptic feedback, wireless connectivity and gesture sensing. The gloves also feature a bar-code scanner on the back that can be used for automatic quality check on the industrial floor, documenting critical assembling, and tracking and tracing applications.

WeLoop Hey S3

WeLoop's Hey S3 has a wearable that it wants to match the Apple Watch -- but at a less expensive price. The Apple Watch lookalike has a 1.28-inch display and weighs only 38g. Hey S3 can connect to Android and iPhone smartphones and can record stats like mileage, heart rate and pace to a complementary app. The device is available in the U.S. on Amazon for $149.

V ivoFit Junior 2

Garmin's Vivofit Jr. 2 is a kids-focused wearable that comes in a variety of themes, from "Star Wars" to Disney -- and help kids track their own health statistics.

Touting an adjustable band with customizable designs on it, the wearable tracks steps, sleep and other activities, and features a year-long battery. On top of these tracking functions, the wearable also offers "friendly step challenges" for kids -- like the Toe To Toe step challenge that lets children sync themselves with nearby friends to challenge each other to timed step competitions. VivoFit Junior 2 came to market in the fall and is available for $80.

Coros Pace Sportswatch

In addition to its smart cycling helmet, Coros showed off its Pace sportswatch on the CES floor. The watch has a built-in heart-rate monitor and acts as an activity tracker. The $299 watch also can track users' locations with built-in GPS and is water-resistant for up to 150-meter dives as well -- making it a perfect wearable for tri-athletes and sporty consumers. The Coros Pace watch comes in red, black and blue.