Our world has been shaped in large part by just a handful of revolutionary consumer products and the companies behind them. Such milestones include the first modern automobile, first sold by Mercedes in 1901, and the first smartphone, introduced to the market by IBM in 1994.
While the impact new products have on the world rarely rises to the significance of the first personal automobile, each year brings a new lineup of consumer products, some of them the first of their kind, to the market — and 2018 is no exception.
This year, American consumer confidence hit a near 18-year high. These conditions — which often translate to increased consumer spending — provide an ideal environment for companies to introduce innovative new products.
The changes in the consumer marketplace this year have been largely driven by new tech products. There were also some new additions and changes in the auto industry. Some of these new products are coming from well-known brands like Amazon and Apple. Others are from lesser known companies that engage more in scientific and medical research.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed a wide range of sources to identify some of the most exciting new products launched this year. This list, while not exhaustive, highlights all-new products, major changes in well-known existing products, and products that integrate groundbreaking new technologies. These are products are not listed in any particular order.