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Kick off CES with these 5 Companies from Unveiled NY


An electric car like you've never seen. A robotic dog. A makeup mirror with augmented reality. These revolutionary products lined the floor of this month’s CES Unveiled New York, where top-tier media members, industry leaders and future CES exhibitors came officially kicked off the CES 2019 season.

20 companies came to New York ahead of the big show to give us a sneak peek of the emerging tech trends and products set to dominate CES 2019. Here are five startups that get us really excited about the future.

Temi

Pitched as the “iPhone of the home,” Temi is the latest personal robot looking to make your home a bit more futuristic. Its standout feature lies in its smart display screen, which lets users “hop into the robot” as easily as making a phone call, Temi USA head Danny Isserles said. Even if you’re in Las Vegas for CES, you can make a video call through a mobile app and appear on Temi’s screen back in your home and roam around, controlling the robot from room to room.

Isserles said they designed Temi for elderly care, but then realized its use could be universal, especially for busy families.

“Temi is the world’s first personal robotic system that we are proud to say works,” he said. “More than that, it has a day-to-day value to the consumer – and is affordable.”

But what makes Temi different? Isserles focused on three things: Usability, affordability and technology. Not only is Temi’s design specifically made for daily human interaction, thanks to its obstacle avoidance, smart display and LiDAR technology, Isserles said its $1,500 price tag makes Temi an approachable buy considering it’s an iPad, digital assistant and robot all in one.

CES 2019 is when Temi will “hit the ground running” and officially start sales, Isserles said, as they continue to finalize the software and finalize will have Alexa built-in by then.

Heatworks

Water heating technology might not be known for its innovation, or for producing major disruptions. But Heatworks wants to change that with their new energy efficient take on the essential utility. 

“In the past 100 years or so, metal heating elements would go into some larger container with some water, they would have to heat it up 800 degrees in order to heat all the water,” explained Heatwork’s Melissa Verzwyvelt. “What happens is that limescale forms on the metal and that effects energy efficiency, scaling and eventually breaks.”
 
To make this easier, more efficient and ensure there’s no sediment in water, Heatworks developed a way to run an electric current through the water, causing the water molecules to move faster and heat the water up quicker.
 
Last year, Heatworks’ tankless electric water heater, MODEL 3, was a CES Innovation Award Honoree. This year, its second product, Tetra, is a Best of Innovation Award winner. The countertop dishwasher is a no-plumbing-needed countertop appliance that, with just a gallon of water, can wash your dishes until they sparkle. Plus, it can connect to the internet for mobile control.

Vektor

As consumers become more and more interested in smart home products, so do hackers – roughly 70 percent of all smart devices have a known vulnerability, according a study by HP.

So after five years with Facebook’s security team, Jim McCoy started his Q-Branch Labs to help consumers prepare. Inspired by the technology used at his time at Facebook, the Lab’s debut project Vektor provides everyday IoT owners a safe and easy way to protect their other devices from stolen information or an invasion of privacy.

“I took a lot of those tools we used [at Facebook], stuck them into this device and distilled them down into something simple, easy to use and with a nice interface,” McCoy said. “Our goal is to make professional-grade cybersecurity easy.”

To ensure total protection, Vektor scans your entire network, allowing you to see every forgotten and possibly vulnerable device, letting you discover some unauthorized devices connected to your network. Plus, it can also create on-the-spot temporary networks so you don’t have to give out your Wi-Fi password.

At CES, McCoy is launching an Indiegogo campaign to help gain visibility and feedback.
 

Mon Foxy

While raising their newborn, Rachid-Antoine Rabla and his wife spend countless nights worrying since their daughter would sometimes sleep on her stomach. To ensure his children – and others around the world – could sleep safely, Rabla co-founded Mon Foxy.

 “My wife and I – we could never sleep ourselves,” Rabla said. “We always kept an eye on her. That’s how I decided to make a solution to reassure parents. It’s our first fear in France and I guarantee that it is in the U.S. too.”

Mon Foxy is a baby-sized “smart sock” that connects to a sensor, allowing parents to keep track of their child’s heartbeat, sleeping position and other information on their phone, minimizing the risks of sudden infant death syndrome.

At CES 2019 – their debut – this French startup is hoping to find a distributor ensure that this safe and easy way to monitor infants can be seen by more parents.

Kano's Gregg Stein shows off the wand from the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit (Right). Kano also sells a more straightforward educational computer as well (Above).

Kano

 For Kano, learning to code is magical. Their newest product, the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, is one part toy, one part computer course, letting kids program a motion-activated wand to respond to the “spells” you “cast.”

“We demystify technology for everyone,” Kano’s Gregg Stein said. “We talk about all this great new technology that is out there and less than one percent of us can actually learn and understand what is underneath these beautiful devices.”

To change this, Kano gives users a storybook to learn step-by-step how to code the wand. The DIY process breaks everything down into drag-and-drop building blocks (the coding output is in javascript). For example, once complete you could wave the wand in a triangle to make fire on appear on-screen or in a zig-zag to enlarge a pumpkin on the screen.

“By the time you get to the end of this [program], you get to the digital world, whereby you then learn to code,” Stein said. “You’ve built your own computer.”

The product’s wide appeal won them a 2019 CES Best of Innovation Award winner, and they plan to release another educational product at the show.

Jeremy Snow, Consumer Technology Association

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