CES used to be a fairly straightforward show that showcased the latest in TVs and stereos. While those consumer electronics categories are still well represented at the annual technology convention in Las Vegas, they are overshadowed by autonomous car, artificial intelligence, computers, apps, AR, VR, health trackers, drones, and more, to name just a tiny few categories. Increasingly, some of the most interesting technologies are to be found in Eureka Park, a four-year-old section that features startups, where you’ll find everything from high-end PC cloud subscription services and Amazon Alexa-controlled smart mirrors to VR workouts with gamification and AI-based technologies that can make health diagnoses just by analyzing your voice. There are also more practical innovations, such as dockless e-bike sharing for those sweat-free, last mile commutes, autonomous luggage that follows you, and a new line of adventure gear and cameras by Bear Grylls, not to mention Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled speakers and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, because the future of interfaces will be increasingly voice-based.
With that in mind, here are 10 of the coolest (non-car) gadgets we saw while roaming the show floor this week, all of which are either just out or coming out in 2018. We looked not only for products that pushed the envelope in some technological way, but also for gadgets that are simply well-designed, useful, and wouldn’t look too bad among your other gear. (Note: For car technology, check out our CES auto tech roundup.