Looking for the hottest startups at CES® 2019?

Looking for the hottest startups at CES® 2019?

Eighth edition of ShowStoppers® LAUNCHIT, Official event for Eureka Park exhibitors, pitches the most-investable ideas, entrepreneurs, companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. and AUSTIN, TX., 3 Jan. 2019 — Angel investors and venture capitalists have selected 12 of the hottest companies to take the stage at ShowStoppers® LAUNCHIT, the eighth-annual official “pitch” event for startup companies that exhibit at Eureka Park during CES 2019.

“ShowStoppers LAUNCHIT” is a 2019 CES Press Day Power Session scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Mandalay Bay, one day before the CES show floor opens.

Working with the Consumer Technology Association, which produces CES, ShowStoppers LAUNCHIT helps entrepreneurs and startups raise early seed capital by selecting from the more than 1100 young, innovative, transformative and entrepreneurial startups that exhibit in Eureka Park, a marketplace within CES where retailers, venture capitalists, manufacturers and others will find entrepreneurs launching new products, services, apps and ideas.

The 12 finalists include consumer products, Fintech, medical devices, transportation and electronics/instrumentation startups from seven countries:

  • FenSens – San Francisco, CA., USA — The world’s first wireless parking sensor and app. An affordable upgrade for any car. Installs in less than five minutes, no wires, and hands-free app.
  • Loop Earplugs – Antwerp, Belgium — An earplug for music that reduces decibels and looks fantastic. Available in five hot colors, Loop lets wearers avoid tinnitus without looking like a dork.
  • Mitte – Berlin, Germany — The first of its kind smart home water system that turns any water into mineral water.
  • Moasure – Warwick, United Kingdom — Building the future of measuring.
  • Padrone – Zug, Switzerland — A beautiful ring replacing the computer mouse and turning into the ‘mouse’ and ‘keyboard’ for augmented reality for office.
  • Pigzbe – London, United Kingdom – A ˜piggy-wallet™” that teaches children ages 6+ the building blocks of modern money management.
  • QT Medical Inc. – Torrance, CA., USA — Better health care by innovation.
  • Tempdrop – Kfar Saba, Israel — A sleeping temperature sensor, app and web dashboard that allows women to accurately track their cycles without waking up.
  • Waverly Labs – New York, NY, USA — At the convergence of speech translation and wearable technology, developing Pilot, the world’s first smart earpiece language translator.
  • Waycare – Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel — AI-driven mobility solutions for smart cities.
  • WeatherCheck – Louisville, KY., USA — Exclusive premise-specific monitoring for severe weather damage, 24/7/365, with automatic notification and documentation to support insurance claims.
  • Y-Brush – Lyon, France — Automatically deep cleans your teeth the way dentists recommend in just 10 seconds.

This year’s judges are:

  • Nicholas Zaldastani, managing director, Zaldastani Ventures and a Mentor Capitalist leveraging his venture capital and serial entrepreneurial experiences.
  • Marita McGinn, manager of hardware products, Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding platform.
  • Philippe Wieczorek, directeur du groupe Logiciel – Minalogic innovation cluster. Based in Grenoble, France, Minalogic is a global innovation cluster for digital technologies in the Auvergne Rhone-Alps Region that brings together more than 400 members, a vast majority of SMEs (80%), large corporations (15%) and startups; 12 research centers and universities; 15 local government agencies, 16 economic development organizations, banks and private investors.
  • Sharona Justman, a businesswoman known for connecting companies and leaders to align in creating rich opportunities for business. She co-founded STEP Strategy Advisors, an advisory firm focused on technology and consumer products, providing strategic planning and acquisitions advisory to facilitate expanding the growth of companies through market entry expansion planning and execution.

The winning company is invited to demonstrate and meet with more than 1,300 journalists expected to attend ShowStoppers @ CES, the press event that takes place Tuesday, January 8, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

About CES®

CES® is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $377 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best-known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

About ShowStoppers:

Now in its 25th year, ShowStoppers is the global leader in producing press and business events spanning the US, Europe and Asia. Each event organizes product introductions, sneak previews and demonstrations for selected journalists, bloggers, industry and financial analysts, venture capitalists and business executives. Industry leaders, innovators and startups exhibit to generate news coverage and product reviews, make new connections, promote brand, and open new markets. ShowStoppers produces events at CES, Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress Americas, among others; and official press events at CES, CE Week, IFA and NAB.

For questions relating to the ShowStoppers LAUNCHIT event, contact Dave Leon, director of sales, +1-845-638-3527.

Contacts:

Justin Siraj

Senior Coordinator, Event Communications, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™

+1-703-907-7415

Steve Leon

Partner, ShowStoppers®

+1-310-936-8530

UPCOMING EVENTS

Japan’s YUKAI to Introduce ‘BOCCO emo,’ a Family Communication Robot That Expresses Empathy

Next-generation BOCCO responds to your presence and mood; requires no trigger word.

YUKAI Engineering Inc., a Tokyo-based robotics startup known for creating robots that bring joy to life, will demonstrate BOCCO emo, an emotionally responsive robot, at ShowStoppers. Scheduled for a market release in the summer of 2019, BOCCO emo is the new generation of BOCCO, YUKAI’S popular family communication robot. BOCCO emo expresses its empathy through gestures and sounds in response to the user’s voice as well as the emotional contents of incoming/outgoing text messages, including emojis. Because the user’s presence alone can prompt reactions from the robot, no trigger word is necessary to activate the device.

Launched at CES 2015, the original BOCCO has enjoyed commercial success in Japan as an everyday communication tool for families to exchange voice/text messages and remotely take care of their loved ones, including seniors. Capable of connecting to both sensors and the Internet, BOCCO enables users to monitor and control their home environment. YUKAI is now developing the new “emo” version with a built-in voice recognition system. The robot moves its head and says hello when sensing the user nearby. It also lights up its eyes, shakes its antenna and makes cute sounds in response to emotional words – such as “happy” and “tired,” plus emojis – in outgoing/incoming text messages, and when called by its nickname the user has given to their robot.

  • Used by both individual customers and security and utility companies as a family care robot.
  • Easy 3-button system (record, play and volume) for voice/text message exchange.
  • Instant home-to-home voice interaction, even if users are thousands of miles away from each other.
  • Instant notifications from the Room Sensor, Lock Sensor and Door Sensor regarding room temperatures, humidity and luminance levels, traffic inside home.
  • BOCCO Channels allowing direct programming on the app for task reminders, emergency notifications, weather information, etc.
  • Used as the control hub in smart homes developed by major builders in Japan

“We are excited to introduce ‘BOCCO emo’ to the global audience at CES. We envision developing BOCCO into an ‘ultimate emotional robot’ that understands users’ various needs. BOCCO emo is our first step in that direction,” YUKAI Engineering CEO Shunsuke Aoki said.

YUKAI Engineering is a robotics startup that develops and sells products befitting its slogan: “Make the world a fun place to live in with robotics technology.” YUKAI’s award-winning products include Necomimi, a headband with fake cat ears that move in sync with the user’s brain waves (selected for the Time magazine’s “The World’s 50 Best Innovations 2011” list), and BOCCO, a communication robot that keeps family members in touch with each other.

Are you one of the hottest startups at CES 2019?

Seventh edition of ShowStoppers® Launchit is where Eureka Park exhibitors pitch the most-investable ideas, entrepreneurs & companies

Arlington, VA, 19 Nov. 2018 The Consumer Technology Association™ (CTA), ShowStoppers® and the New York Angels today announced they are partnering again to help entrepreneurs and startups raise early seed funding – by producing the seventh-annual official “pitch” event for startup companies that exhibit at Eureka Park during CES 2019, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

“ShowStoppers LaunchIt” is a CES 2019 Media Day Power Session scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Mandalay Bay, one day before the CES show floor opens.

Angel investors and venture capitalists will again judge 10 of the hottest companies to take the stage at ShowStoppers® LaunchIt, after selecting finalists from the more than 1,200 young, innovative, transformative and entrepreneurial startups that exhibit in Eureka Park, a marketplace within CES where retailers, venture capitalists, manufacturers and others will find entrepreneurs launching new products, services, apps and ideas.

Companies that exhibit inside Eureka Park are invited to apply to pitch for funding at ShowStoppers LaunchIt: http://launchit.showstoppers.com.

There is no application fee, and there is no fee charged to companies that are selected to pitch.

“We are looking for the best and brightest,” said Brian Cohen, chairman, New York Angels. “We have sourced exciting startups for new investment at ShowStoppers LaunchIt. This seventh edition of the Eureka Park pitch event will, again, highlight these innovative companies to CES attendees and the world.”

The winning company is invited to demonstrate and meet with more than 1,300 journalists expected to attend ShowStoppers @ CES, the press event that takes place Tuesday, January 8, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

About New York Angels:

One of the largest and oldest angel groups, New York Angels is a member-led organization committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitch through a successful exit. Supporting members of the network include Gust, the world-wide official fund raising deal management platform for angel investing; Vegas Valley Angels, and Vegas Tech.

About CES:

CES® is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $377 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best-known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

About ShowStoppers:

Now in its 25th year, ShowStoppers is the global leader in producing press and business events spanning the US, Europe and Asia. Each event organizes product introductions, sneak previews and demonstrations for selected journalists, bloggers, industry and financial analysts, venture capitalists and business executives. Industry leaders, innovators and startups exhibit to generate news coverage and product reviews, make new connections, promote brand, and open new markets. ShowStoppers produces events at CES, Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Congress Americas, among others; the official press events at CES, CE Week, IFA, and NAB.

For questions relating to the ShowStoppers Launchit event,
contact Dave Leon, director of sales, +1-845-638-3527.

Steve Leon

Partner,
ShowStoppers

+1-310-936-8530

Justin Siraj 

Senior Coordinator, Event Communications, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) TM

+1-703-907-7415

UPCOMING EVENTS

JLab Audio introduces wireless earbuds

JLab Audio is an award-winning designer of personal audio including Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and speakers. Founded in 2005 with just a single wired earbud, the brand has now taken the true wireless category by storm with multiple best selling true wireless earbuds. Currently, they are the fastest growing major headphone brand in the U.S. (NPD Group, May 2018), with a continuous incline. Their #FINDYOURGO slogan is used to inspire how consumers GO through life, with the simplicity of wire-free audio. Designing earbuds aiming to provide incredible sound, inspired designs, and innovative technology, JLab does so with affordable prices for the daily consumer.

Their newest true wireless earbud, the JBuds Air, are priced at only $50 and provide all the technology needed for a perfect sounding earbud. Designed with an EQ setting to adjust the sound to the user’s ideal tune, the JBuds Air deliver high quality audio at an amazing price. The Epic Air Elite are the second generation of JLab’s first true wireless earbud, with major improvements that have been receiving countless recognitions. 

JLab Audio will continue to expand their true wireless line in 2019 and create award-winning earbuds for everyone to enhance how they GO through life.

Yubico Introduces the Security Key NFC at ShowStoppers

Today, we are launching our next-generation security key, the Security Key NFC by Yubico. The Security Key NFC is our newest addition to our distinctive blue Security Key Series, offering  NFC (near-field communication) for tap-and-go authentication over the FIDO U2F and FIDO2/WebAuthn protocols. This new key can be used for a secure login on a computer (via USB) or on a supported mobile device (via NFC), enabling a simple and seamless user experience for strong multi-factor, two-factor (2FA), and single-factor passwordless authentication.

The Security Key NFC is the latest hardware authenticator from Yubico and it’s built to last. It’s made in the USA and Sweden with reinforced fiberglass that is hermetically sealed and injection molded into a monolithic block, delivering unparalleled physical durability.

Hardware authenticators remove the dependency on cumbersome and less secure SMS or mobile app authentication techniques. The Security Key NFC enforces asymmetric public key cryptography-based account login, all with the simple touch or tap of the device. The public key is stored with the service, and the private key is stored with the security key — never leaving the device — which means there are no shared secrets between services.

Today, the Security Key NFC works out of the box with hundreds of services already supporting FIDO U2F and FIDO2 authentication protocols: including Microsoft (for passwordless login), Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, a growing list of password managers, and many more FIDO2 and U2F compatible services. We also offer the Yubico Developer Program, with resources to enable rapid integration of strong FIDO-based authentication into web and mobile applications to support Yubico security keys.

The Security Key NFC by Yubico is available beginning today for $27 at the Yubico online store.   

Cortisol levels may stabilize at the push of a button during stressful tasks

Groundbreaking Study to be Revealed at CES 2019

Many new gadgets claim to provide relief from stress. From “pajama belts” to “weighted blankets,” stress tech is flooding the market. While many of these products claim to help promote calm, very few are grounded in science. New results from a triple-blind, placebo-controlled study using TouchPoints neuroscience wearables will be revealed at ShowStoppers at CES.

“We are excited to unveil the results of academic research that shows non-invasive technology can be worn during stressful tasks such as presentations to stabilize cortisol compared with a control group,” said Dr. Amy Serin, neuropsychologist and Chief Science Officer of The TouchPoint Solution. “This could be a game changer for anyone whose stress has ever pushed them out of the zone of performance. If we are stabilizing cortisol, we can reduce inflammation, mental burnout, and essentially enhance performance in real-time without mental rehearsal or cognitive strategies. Being able to use the technology when you give a speech, take a test, or play sports could take performance to the next level.” Dr. Serin developed the technology while working to prevent and treat PTSD in response to global crises and for elite military. Its use has since been expanded to the consumer market.

Entrepreneur Vicki Mayo and Neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin founded TouchPoint Solution in 2015 to create TouchPoints, the first wearables that reduce stress non-invasively and in real-time without the need to stop what you are doing. Published research using TouchPoints shows a reduction in 70% of stress in as few as 30 seconds of use. TouchPoints offer a new era of tech wearables that divert the body’s stress response to improve calm, performance, help with anger management, and even earlier onset of sleep. The company has won the 2018 Brainnovations award for workplace resiliency, 50 most innovative products health and wellness Innovation and Tech Today, a Flinn Bioscience Grant, The Edison Gold Award for health and wellness, Home Shopping Network (HSN) American Dreams Competition, TechCrunch Disrupt Female Founders Award, and Project Entrepreneur. For more information contact vicki.mayo@thetouchpointsolution.com or visit www.thetouchpointsolution.com. The TouchPoint Solution will be offering live brain scans and product demos to show real-time brain changes during use. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Eargo Neo

Here at Eargo, we’re constantly striving for improvement. Whether it’s our quest to make the perfect cup of coffee, or our desire to craft the world’s best hearing aid, we’re always pushing to be better. And today, we’re going to let you in on the things we’ve been learning, developing, and implementing in the past year. Get ready to peek behind the curtain…Eargo presents: how to make the perfect cup of coffee. Step one: measure out your favorite coffee grounds, but be sure to––…Oh. You’d rather hear about our brand new hearing aid? Yeah… we should’ve realized. That’s our bad.

Introducing Eargo Neo, our most revolutionary hearing aid, jam-packed with mouth-watering features and benefits. We learned from Eargo Max. We listened to customer feedback, we noted where technology could be improved, where design could be perfected. We knew what we needed to do and we spent plenty of sleepless nights doing it. When we were done, we had a product that surpassed even our wildest dreams.

We listened. We learned. And we created a device that’s as close to perfect as a hearing aid has ever been. We took everything we loved about Eargo Max and built upon it with one purpose in mind: to give you the best hearing experience possible. And now, we’re going to keep working on that perfect cup of coffee. Hey, we perfected a hearing aid… the sky’s the limit.

Eargo Neo is available for purchase online or by phone at 1-800-734-7603, with an introductory price of $2,550 for a limited time, with financing starting at $118/month. After that, Eargo Neo will cost $2,750 with financing options from $127/month. Eargo Neo comes with a 45-day money back guarantee, ongoing support by Eargo’s licensed hearing professionals and one-year warranty with the option to extend the warranty to two-years for an additional cost.

Realizing a Fully Connected IoT Society with Amcenna

An integrated IoT society seems to be just around the corner, but several key technological hardware problems still exist before this vision can be fully realized. One challenge in particular is finding antennas that can work reliably in all environments. Traditional antenna, for example, experience a significant performance decline when attached to metal or on wet surface. Many of these technological problems are solved, however, by Kyocera’s Amcenna compact IoT antenna, which will be on display at ShowStoppers @ CES in Las Vegas on January 8th, 2019.

This innovative new IoT antenna can operate in close proximity to metals or on wet surfaces without a decline in signal strength performance, making it perfect for IoT applications related to automotive, wearables and smart factories!

To solve the performance challenge posed when antenna are attached on metal or wet surface, Kyocera R&D focused on creating an innovative new approach to an Artificial Magnetic Conductor (AMC). Whereas traditional solutions have involved using an AMC with a separate antenna to solve the performance challenges on metals or a wet surface, however this method impedes miniaturization. Kyocera team instead discovered a new way, and built a completely new design in which a few cells create an artificial electromagnetic response equivalent to an infinite periodic structure. This new approach helped reduce surface area to 1/60th the size as compared to a prototype antenna using conventional AMC technology. The result is a miniature IoT antenna only slightly wider than the size of a 25 cent coin which can be attached to virtually any surface area and still perform effectively. 

At ShowStoppers, Kyocera will offer an opportunity to experience a futuristic IoT society, one where everyday objects are seamlessly connected to the internet to improve our daily lives. How will your life change when IoT is fully integrated? At a restaurant, for example, you might be drinking a glass of beer equipped with a sensor module to inform restaurant staff of the best time for a drink refill. Or at a factory, performance efficiency will be maximized through IoT modules attached to each individual machine which relay various data back to a central computer for analysis and failure detection.

Kyocera’s Amcenna, an innovative new compact IoT antenna, will greatly expand the possibilities for IoT. For this reason Amcenna took home the prestigious Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs & Communications Award at CEATEC 2018 ― one of Asia’s largest IT and electronics tradeshows. Kyocera will now introduce this technology to the rest of the world at ShowStoppers @ CES. The IoT market continues to expand around us, and with Amcenna it will expand even further!