Minnesota On The CES Floor
Running Wednesday through Sunday, more than 3,200 exhibitors and 170,000 attendees will flock to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the largest electronics and technology tradeshow in the world. At least 24 Minnesota-based companies will be making the trip to Las Vegas to showcase their products, which range from practical to offbeat.
Here’s a list of who and what is on display:
3M — The Maplewood-based manufacturer is touting a number of items catered to touch-screen devices. One product sure to catch (or shield) eyes: a privacy filter that blacks out a screen when viewed from an angle. With the filter applied, users can still view the screen normally while being protected from “visual hacking” on the light rail or in a coffee shop.
PetChatz — This St. Louis Park-based start-up has crafted a two-way video chat system between pets and their owners. Whether on the job or on vacation, pet owners can now communicate with their cat, dog, etc. from any Internet-enabled device.
Foreverence — This Eden Prairie-based company makes it possible to 3D print custom cremation urns for pets and humans alike.
Polaroid — The Minnetonka-based will be showcasing an array of products including the second generation Polaroid Snap (an instant-print camera), 3D printers and drones.
Honeywell — This Golden Valley-based business will be taking aim at wellness and security by launching a number of connected household products under its Lyric product line. With each being Wi-Fi compatible, Honeywell is introducing its new Lyric Round thermostat, home security system, indoor/outdoor cameras, glass break sensors and smoke, water-leak and freeze detector systems.
Zivik — The Golden Valley-based musical instrument tech company will be showing off jamstik+, its app-enabled, wireless smart guitar that it boasts as “hands-down, the easiest way to learn guitar.”
Sleep Number — This Plymouth-based company will premiere the “it bed” — a data-collecting bed that can suggest a mattress comfort level, bed time, preferred room temperature and more to give the user a better night’s sleep.
NUU Mobile — This mobile device company with offices in Mendota Heights and Rochester will have a number of unlocked (meaning not tied to any one carrier) Android smartphones on display.
Other Minnesota companies found on the CES floor include:
- Afinia — Chanhassen-based maker of 3D printers
- Andersen Windows — Bayport-based window and door manufacturer
- Audio Research — Minneapolis-based manufacturer of audio electronics, both tube and transistor-based
- Bel Canto Design — Minneapolis-based home audio and theater electronics company
- Bracketron — Edina-based business that constructs mounts for smartphones, tablets, GPS systems and other handheld devices
- Cima NanoTech — Oakdale-based manufacturer of nanomaterial-based products, such as transparent films used on large touch screens
- Comply — Oakdale-based manufacturer of memory foam tips for earphones
- Danville Signal Processing — Cannon Falls-based technology partner for high performance based audio solutions
- Digital River — Minnetonka-based ecommerce provider
- Ergotron — St. Paul-based business specializing in wall/desk mounts, sit-stand desks and other office products
- Exosite — Minneapolis-based internet of things software developer
- Hema Imaging — A thermal imaging start-up founded by a Minnesota native and MN Cup competitor
- Hydreon Corporation — Eden Prairie-based creator of FakeTV, which operates like an active television to deter burglaries while the homeowner is away
- MEM-CE — Eden Prairie-based international management and marketing company that operates under the trade name Memorex-CE
- SANUS — Eden Prairie-based audio/video mount manufacturer
- UnitedHealthcare — Minnetonka-based insurance provider