The huge Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins this week in Las Vegas. It’s the annual show where tens of thousands of new products will be shown from thousands of companies. I’m skipping it this year – the first time in more than 30 years – because the show is so large, spread out for miles, and just about impossible to get around. If I did go, I’d be attending a couple of press events where the companies below will be exhibiting. They range from clever to “huh?” and everything in between. These are mostly smaller companies exhibiting for the first time. A few will make it to next year, but many will not. See if you can figure out which ones!
4moms, a consumer technology company that makes hi-tech baby gear, will be showing its new stroller, which includes built-in technology such a cell phone charger, headlights, and LCD screen that tracks distance, speed, and calories.
AirBar is a lightweight bar that magnetically attaches to the bottom of a laptop’s display, plugs in via USB, and instantly enables touchscreen capabilities.
AirTies provides whole-home mesh Wi-Fi solutions to improve Internet coverage and speed and is the most widely deployed system by global operators.
AmpMe is announcing the ability to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers from different manufacturers together, enabling any type of phone to crank the party up without limits.
Anova’s easy-to-use, connected sous-vide hardware enables home cooks to create restaurant-like experiences every day.
Antop Antenna’s full suite of over-the-air digital TV antenna products will continue to support the freedom of no-cost broadcast TV.
Atmotube is the first portable air pollution monitor. It constantly monitors the environment around you, measuring air pollution, temperature, and humidity, detecting the presence of a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful gasses, like carbon monoxide (CO).
Audeze showcases the world’s first in-ear planar magnetic headphones for virtual reality and augmented reality applications — the iSINE VR. I think Audeze makes some of the best over the earphones.
August Home will showcase the August Smart Access System — August Smart Lock, Smart Keypad and Doorbell Cam. Cool looking designs.
AXIS will be showing Gear, the first smart home device designed to automate any existing window shade in minutes.
Avegant will show off the Glyph, its personal, premium head-mounted theater as both a 3D mobile media player and a First Person View (FPV) headset for drone flying.
BACtrack will unveil the world’s first wearable alcohol monitor for personal use.
The BelleFox Active Wi-Fi is an AI-enabled Wi-Fi router that uses machine learning to help parents understand and better manage their kids’ online use.
BioCare Systems, Inc. will show the LumiWave, an infrared pain relief device, used by professional athletes at the NFL, PGA and Olympic levels, that is now available to consumers.
Blueair, Inc. will be showcasing its newest line of air purifiers, the Classic family, featuring Wi-Fi capability, a 20% boost in clean air delivery, a sleek profile, and quieter performance.
Bonaverde will be showing the Bonaverde Berlin, the world’s first roast-grind-brew coffee maker that brings the best coffeehouse experience to your home.
Canary, a product I use and like, will be showing Canary Flex, the inside or outside, plugged in or wire-free, weatherproof HD security camera.
Crane unveils its first single sideband radio, along with the latest technology for reception, weak signal Wi-Fi, and audio products for voice clarity.
Comper will be showing the smart medical devices series for women and 0-5-year-old kids.
Dosime will debut a hybrid smart home and wearable device that detects and reports real-time radiation exposure which can potentially impact a consumer’s health without their knowledge.
Ember’s flagship product, an advanced temperature adjustable mug, creates an unforgettable drinking experience that will forever change the way we enjoy coffee or tea.
MoRo is a human-size assistant robot with powerful capabilities for grasping and handling objects.
eBlocker claims to be the world’s first plug & play privacy solution for all your devices. eBlocker is a smart device that anonymizes your online behavior. It blocks all ads, stops all trackers, hides your IP – and lets you surf truly anonymously – on all your devices. eBlocker is plug & play and requires no software installation or configuration. And if you have kids, eBlocker can even prevent access to unwanted content. Developed and made in Germany.
Fertiliti Natural Birth Control and Fertility Tracker — This smart fertility monitor can help you get pregnant, or naturally prevent pregnancy as effectively as condoms. When paired with your smartphone, Fertiliti uses your basal body temperature to know when it’s your best chance to get pregnant.
FoldiMate is designed to save marriages around the world and make your life easier! FoldiMate will fold your laundry quickly, consistently, and like a pro. It can even perfume, soften and de-wrinkle while it folds.
Fynd introduces the first 4G LTE real-time tracking device, which is equipped with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1100 chipset processor.
Garmin will be showcasing its latest in GPS navigation, wearables, and wireless devices and applications from across some of its core business segments, including automotive, fitness, and outdoor recreation.
GE is unleashing the ultimate living experience through a suite of connected products designed to make your life simpler and help you do more, including the first ever table lamp with Amazon’s Alexa embedded directly inside.
Healbe’s GoBe “Smart Life Band” fitness tracker is the first fitness tracker designed especially for the weight-loss community, featuring groundbreaking technology to automatically measure calorie intake, hydration levels, and a total of eight key health parameters via sensors on the wrist.
Hello Egg is the first smart kitchen assistant with a display and personality. It saves you time and effort by planning your weekly meals, ordering groceries, and providing you with easy-to-follow step-by-step voice-navigated video recipes.
HelloMind is the hypnotherapy app enhancing your life by helping you think better and feel stronger, using hypnosis to conquer a variety of challenges ranging from fear of flying to insomnia to anxiety and much more.
The HomeBase Hub is a powerful media server and private cloud for your home, but fits in the palm of your hand. With over 2TB of storage, the HomeBase Hub will help you organize and store all of your movies, music, TV shows, pictures, home videos, games, and more, and access them from any device at any time.
InspEar Active are custom electronic earbuds that use technology to not only filter, decrease, and select surrounding noise, but also provide voice control capabilities for smartphones and connected objects.
i-BLADES will be showcasing its latest range of revolutionary “Smartcases,” modular phone cases with smart technology inside that enable users to upgrade their smartphone features with snap-on and off “Smartblades” adding more battery, more memory, “on-the-go” entertainment, air quality monitoring and more.
Ignition Design Labs will be showing the Portal Router, the first home Wi-Fi system designed for crowded environments.
June will be showing off its intelligent countertop oven that makes everyone a better cook.
Lattis will publicly unveil Ellipse, the first solar-powered smart bike lock to offer keyless entry, anti-theft and crash alerts, bike sharing, and bank-level encryption; the company will also preview its commercial bike sharing platform.
Lima Technology will be showing Lima Ultra, the plug & play device that replaces the Cloud.
Livestream will showcase Mevo, the pocket-sized live event camera, which puts the power of a multi-camera production studio in the palm of your hand and boasts live editing tools, streaming to Facebook Live and Livestream, plus more.
Luma will feature its Surround Wi-Fi system that provides fast Wi-Fi, state of the art security, and parental controls to give you full management of your home network and connected devices.
LINX smart cycling helmet is the world’s first and only cycling helmet that uses bone conduction technology in lieu of ear buds to let riders safely listen to their music, receive calls, communicate with other bikers and more, with full awareness of cars and their immediate surroundings.
Lutron Electronics shows the capabilities and integrations of its affordable smart home solution, Caseta Wireless. The Caseta Wireless system gives consumers the ability to control lights, shades, and temperature inside and outside the home, with a smart device, a Lutron Pico remote control, by using voice control with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.
Makeblock will be showcasing its first modular, programmable and transformable drone—Airblock.
The Master Lock Company will preview the Master Lock Portable & Wall-Mount Bluetooth Lock Boxes..
Mio Global, a health technology company, announces the availability of Mio SLICE, the first heart rate activity tracker to feature PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence). Instead of counting steps, PAI is a revolutionary new metric that translates heart rate data into a simple, meaningful score that tells users how much activity they need to do to live a longer, healthier life.
With a magic wave of your smartphone, MySize products empower you to instantly and accurately measure anything, so you can choose the right size, the first time, every time, whatever it is.
Mobvoi will be showing the newest collection of Ticwatch and Ticmirror, a smart rear mirror that offers future driving experience.
Navdy will be demonstrating the world’s first augmented driving device.
Next Thing Co. will debut the first of thousands of inventions built around C.H.I.P. Pro, their new $16 computer designed to power the next generation of smart products.
NextVR will be demonstrating sports highlights, including NBA, in virtual reality.
Nightingale is the world’s first smart sleep system; designed by acoustics experts, Nightingale consists of two units that immerse your room in one of several tailored sound blankets and account for room acoustics and various sleep conditions to help you get a good night’s sleep every night.
Nonda will debut the ZUS Connected Car family of app-enabled devices that make every car a connected car.
Notion AI will be demoing the company’s first app and the very first applied-AI Amazon Alexa skill, which adds an artificial intelligence layer on top of email to analyze the history of your relationships with each and every person and give you insights for that relationship to help you communicate better.
OjO Commuter Scooter is a smart, bike lane-friendly all electric adult scooter that produces zero emissions for a true clean ride that quickly accelerates up to 20 MPH going a distance of 25 miles on a single charge.
Opticwash, a Florida-based kiosk technology company, has developed the world’s first fully-automated self-serve kiosk that cleans and removes 99 percent of bacteria on eyewear, jewelry, watches, and now, cell phones, and cleans and dries the item in less than two minutes.
Olloclip shows off its newly designed mobile photography lens sets for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
Ooma will introduce a new product and service for connected homes centered around and secured through the Ooma Telo to protect homes and families from burglaries and water damage.
Pearl will be showing RearVision, an automotive wireless backup camera and alert system.
Petcube will present its all-new pet camera lineup headlined by interactive treat cam Petcube Bites and Petcube Play, the next generation of the #1 best-selling pet cam with a built-in laser toy.
Phazon will introduce the first truly wireless earbuds guaranteed to never fall out
Pixie Technology will announce a completely new Pixie experience set to become the most advanced location tracking solution on the market. Pixie uses signaling technology based on GPS principles and a magical augmented reality interface to show people the location of misplaced objects.
Plex gives you instant access to your media collections—your home videos, photos, music, TV shows, and movies—so you can quickly find and stream what you want to any device, anytime.
Poof will be showcasing the world’s tiniest and most effective calorie and activity trackers for your pet.
Santa Monica-based startup POP-I will introduce a new technology that marries, for the first time, a lightweight flexible screen with a soft fashion item…in this case, a backpack that can display high-res images streamed from the wearer’s smartphone.
Advancements in concussion understanding and sport safety start with accurate data, and Prevent Biometrics has created the only head impact monitor that accurately measures head impacts in real-time, removing the guesswork for athletes, coaches, and trainers.
Smart lighting will be shown in Qube Smart Bulbs and Qube Smart Light Strips, which offer 16 million colors and positional-based lighting automations by connecting to your smartphone or wearables when you’re near.
Rachio will demonstrate their smart sprinkler controller for managing their sprinklers from your phone, saving on your water bill and integrating with Amazon’s Alexa and Nest.
REM-Fit introduces ZEEQ, the first smart pillow and ultimate bedtime companion that streams music, stops snoring and analyzes your sleep.
Rover.com shows a new location-based dog walking technology in the company’s mobile apps.
Sculpteo brings artificial intelligence to metal 3D printing with the launch of agile metal technology that provides designers with optimization and automation for complex metal additive manufacturing processes.
Sleepace will debut their newest smart sleep light, Nox Smart Sleep Light, a smart alarm, wake-up light and Bluetooth speaker that features gesture control technology.
When you go to sleep, the Sleep Number 360 smart bed uses machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience.
Zoopa Drones will be showing off a state-of-the-art new line of racing and recreational drones and RC vehicles
SolPad Mobile will demonstrate the thinnest, lightest, and most powerful integrated portable solar device in the world, which can be used to create the world’s first portable AC microgrid and Internet hotspot.
Sprimo Labs provides smart personal air purifiers. Unlike traditional air filters that use square footage to define success, Sprimo learns, adapts and directs clean air toward your breathing zone in less than 30 seconds, regardless of room size.
TrackR will demo TrackR Atlas, the at-home item-tracking platform that syncs with Amazon Alexa and works with any Bluetooth item-finder. Additionally, they will unveil two brand new form factors, designed to take the burden of remembering where stuff is off the consumer so they can focus on more important things.
udoq is the first worldwide patented universal docking station for Apple, Android, or mixed mobile devices. All smartphones, tablets, eReaders and music players are organized side by side in any quantity or order. udoq can be continuously customized 100%. All mobile devices on udoq are charged / synced and at the same time remain 100% operational.
SureCall will be announcing the industry’s first cell phone signal booster to integrate the inside antenna and booster, which simplifies set-up and maximizes signal strength.
ThinOPTICS, the brand of ultra-convenient stemless reading glasses, introduces their recently ArtLifting Curated Collection of socially conscious cases that feature designs created by artists living with homelessness and disabilities.
Typlet introduces a revolutionary technology to transform any surface into a touchscreen with their portable mini projector.
URB-E. shows off their made in the USA URB-E Foldable Electric Vehicle.
The Wearhaus Arc is the first pair of wireless headphones that allow you to sync up with multiple nearby friends and listen together.
Made for the kitchen, Zera Food Recycler by WLabs of Whirlpool Corporation turns a week’s worth of food waste into homemade fertilizer within 24 hours.
Whistle, the market leader in pet technology, will be showing the latest addition to its line of reliable pet trackers.
Yukai Engineering showcases BOCCO, a tiny, super-simple robot that is being piloted in a public eldercare program in Japan. With a press of a button, users can monitor the home environment and automate chores. The interactive, multi-joint dancing robot doubles as a speaker.