Kickstarter's Guide to CES 2017
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Even in a city that embraces sensory overload, Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is impressively overwhelming. This massive annual gathering of gadgets offers a first look at new products and serves as a survey of the ideas, trends, and buzzwords that will shape the next year in tech.
With so many examples of AI, VR, AR, IoT, BLE, and TMI on display — including more than 225 Kickstarter-funded projects — even the most voracious early adopters can have a hard time taking it all in. We've created this guide to help you cut through the noise and discover a few of our favorite things, whether you'll be walking the show floor or just following along at home.
Aside from seeing demos of innovative tech that still feels like science fiction, visitors will have a chance to meet the people behind these inventions. In many cases, the friendly faces working the booths for Kickstarted companies are the founders themselves — and they're happy to share stories about bringing their wildest ideas to life with the help of some forward-thinking backers.
Hope you enjoy the tour!
The Kickstarter Design & Tech team
Projects You Shouldn't Miss
Eureka Park Marketplace Sands, Level 1 Hall G
HAX Booths 51248-51253, 51639-51645
As one of the world’s largest hardware accelerators, HAX has helped more than 70 Kickstarter-funded projects get their start. Among the groundbreaking products at their booth you’ll find Dashbot, Next Thing Co.’s talking artificial intelligence device for cars; Brooklyness’ vehicle-detecting Classon bike helmet; and Nura’s advanced headphones that customize sound for listeners’ unique hearing profiles.
Fove Booth 50202
Fove’s VR headset knows what you’re looking at, allowing for hands-free game control and customized interactions. This technology also has promising accessibility applications, letting people with limited mobility type or even play piano with their eyes.
OSSIC Booth 50400
These multi-driver headphones are a must-try for anyone intrigued by the future of immersive VR. Going well beyond stereo, they precisely place audio in 3D space, creating the sense that sounds are coming from specific locations.
Hardware Club Booths 50600-50609, 50800-50809
This community-based venture firm will be showcasing a number of Kickstarter-funded hardware projects, including Nebia’s revolutionary water-saving shower head, Basslet’s wrist-shaking wearable subwoofer, and SAM Labs’ snap-together electronics kit for aspiring inventors of all ages.
BotFactory Booth 51512
Like a 3D printer for circuit boards, BotFactory’s Squink democratizes electronics by letting regular folks do rapid prototyping on the desktop.
Sands, Level 2 Halls A-D
Holi: Bonjour Smart Alarm ClockBooth 43622
This artificial intelligence-powered alarm clock knows way more than just the time. It'll wake you with a briefing on the weather, traffic, and what you have planned for the day
Sevenhugs Smart Remote
This remote seamlessly controls all the devices in our increasingly connected homes. Spatial tracking means it knows whether you’re pointing to your thermostat, TV, or even a window for a quick weather forecast, updating its interface accordingly.
Makeblock Booth 44760
These four-time Kickstarter creators have a knack for making beginner-friendly robots that effortlessly combine fun and learning. Their latest is Airblock, a modular, snap-together drone-building kit.
goTenna Booth 42559
Whether you’re hiking in the backcountry, traveling abroad, or dealing with an emergency, these sleek phone accessories make off-grid communication easy.
Picobrew Booth 42157
Brew delicious craft beer right on your kitchen counter using prepackaged ingredients from renowned breweries around the world, or with your own personalized recipes.
Petcube Booth 40750
Entertain your feline friends with a laser pointer or toss treats to your pup from anywhere with these connected devices for animal lovers.
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CES takes place in Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2017.