With 90 minutes left in the week-long Consumer Electronics Show, I finally managed to get to Eureka Park, showcasing 100 early technology companies – co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Startup America Partnership. A nice example of a private + public partnership around science and technology.
Some of the exhibitors had already packed up after that must have been a long week, but those who remained on Friday afternoon were still excited and energetic about telling their stories. Some products that particularly caught my interest are below.
SurfEasy has a tiny USB stick that contains an entire web browser, complete with bookmarks and browser history. Plug the stick into a computer Windows or Mac and you can surf with the browser on the stick.
Data is never stored on the host computer and is encrypted through the SurfEasy network while in transit. $60 for the unit, shipping in February.
Modular Robotics has a robot construction kit called Cubelets. This is a Boulder, CO-based company now, but a spinoff from my alma mater Carnegie Mellon University. Apparently the work they did to make it easier to do technology transfer is actually seeing some results (motto “five percent, go in peace”).
There are a total of fifteen different cubes now, including drive, rotate, temperature and motion (distance) detection. A bar graph cube allows “debugging” and feedback. The cubes are in their second test launch, with a new series shipping in April. Since the picture above could well be my family, I hope to get my gang building and imagining sometime soon.
CurrentWorks showed two power receptacles with USB ports. The units replace standard wall outlets, either adding ports alongside your outlets or replacing a pair of outlets with ports. They are just finalizing their UL listing and plan to ship late this month. Retailing for $25 and $40. Could definitely cut down on the clutter of adapters and wires around our house. Nice, simple idea, well executed.
Scrible goes back to software solutions with an annotation toolbar for web pages. It combines a browser-based app with a backend service that stores annotations and notes on top of regular web pages. Clearly I haven’t been keeping close enough tabs on where web development is going, because what they are able to do with HTML5 on a iPad overlay toolbar is amazing – no app install required.
Several months ago, I did overhear someone on a plane telling his seatmate about all the amazing things that can be done with HTML5. Perhaps I should listen more closely what is discussed by people on long airplane flights.
Follow the instructions for iPad or other browser and give it a try. Another solution powered by the cloud.
Interesting that the Washington Post managed to see a completely non-overlapping set of companies in Eureka Park.