The first annual CES Pitch Competition to highlight technology creating social connection was recently announced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation and AARP. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation – a national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives, invites CES 2019 attendees to participate in selecting the winners by in-person audience vote. The pitch event is sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs which engages with startups to transform markets and change lives.
The eight companies invited to pitch represent a diverse take on using technology to create social connections. These include:
Fishball – Clip-on lens to turn iPhone into a 360˚ photo and video camera
Glowbl– Video conferencing solution allowing multiple types of content to be shared at once
GoSun – Solar stove with fuel-free technology that is low-cost, portable, versatile and durable
House of Haptics – Wearable bracelet to send human touch over distances
Language Hero – Smart language training app that enables people who speak different languages to quickly and efficiently communicate with each other via video chat
StoryUp Healium – VR solution using EEG feedback to reduce stress and provide virtual travel opportunities
Tikaway – “Connected” glasses that provide hands-free video collaboration
Waverly Labs – Earpiece that translates 15 languages and 42 dialects and also offers music streaming and voice calls
The pitch event will take place at CES 2019, Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 10:00 AM PT at the Start Up Stage in Eureka Park at the Sands.
“CES 2019 will feature enormous technological innovation across the show to help people stay connected and living healthy, independent lives at work, home and play,” said Stephen Ewell, executive director of the CTA Foundation.
The CTA Foundation also announced the winners of its fourth annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest. The winners of this contest were selected from a pool of Extreme Tech Challenge entries based on their ability to benefit older adults and people with disabilities. The five winners each receive a booth in Eureka Park at CES 2019 and a $2,500 prize. The CES 2019 Eureka Park Accessibility Contest winners are: