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Ideas in Action at Eureka Park

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:56pm
Sarah Bates, National Science Foundation

NSF-supported consumer technology returns to Eureka Park at 2014 International CES.

A modified Google Glass prototype that transmits personal health insights to the cloud. Ultra thin, flexible, rechargeable batteries for portable electronics. A shoe insole that gives movement feedback for amputees.

View: NSF-Supported Consumer Technology

These products and more will be on display Jan. 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas in the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2014 International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology.

CES is a smorgasbord of innovation in software and hardware for consumers, and Eureka Park will feature the latest in grass-roots technology. Since its establishment in 2012, Eureka Park has become known as the focal point for exhibits with technological breakthroughs at CES.

Global Gathering for Consumer Technologies

This year there is even more to see: Eureka Park will expand by 30 percent to feature more than 200 exhibits.

More than 20 of those exhibits are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which partners with UP Global, General Electric Company and AT&T, to showcase budding entrepreneurs and small businesses.

"Participants in Eureka Park truly embody the spirit of that legendary 'Eureka!' moment, where a fresh idea has the potential to become a game-changing product or service," says Grace Wang, director of the NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), which funds 21 of the companies attending. "CES gives the entrepreneurs with those ideas the opportunity to reach a global audience."

Partnerships Between Industry and Academia

NSF's role in Eureka Park is a continuation of a three-decade legacy of support for small businesses, helping companies such as Symantec, Qualcomm and IntraLase gain a foothold while they developed their core technology.

While most of the NSF grantees at Eureka Park are supported by the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, four are part of NSF's Engineering Research Centers program. These centers investigate enabling and systems technologies, which are demonstrated in academic-scale proof-of-concept test beds.

Now in its third year, Eureka Park exhibitors represent a wide spectrum of technologies. They range from flexible, wearable electronics enabled by graphene to a new service that allows users to play and share experimental music in the cloud to noise reduction applications.

Participants also will showcase potential applications for sustainable energy and the environment, a more secure cyber and communications infrastructure, improved health and advanced manufacturing techniques that broadly affect American lives.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 International CES is the world's largest annual innovation event and will feature 3,000 exhibitors across more than 1.9 million net square feet of exhibit space.

Eureka Park will be located on level one of The Venetian. The event runs from Tuesday, Jan. 7 to Friday, Jan. 10 in Las Vegas.

NSF-supported exhibits in Eureka Park include:

Communications & security
(COWA) Center on Optical Wireless Applications
Fidelity-Comtech
Gigavation
OmniSpeech LLC
Xandem Technology LLC

Education & entertainment
Barobo Inc.
IXM Corporation
Numedeon Inc.
Second Avenue Learning
Zooz Mobile Inc.

Energy & environment
Accustrata
Bonsai Light
Imprint Energy
SmarterShade

Health
NSF ASSIST Nanosystems Center at NCSU
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
Rehabtek LLC
Sheepdog Sciences Inc.
Smart Lighting
Veristride Inc.

Materials, manufacturing & robotics
Fairfield Crystal Technology
FiveFocal LLC
Innovega Inc.
Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT)
Vorbeck Materials Corp.

For more information visit http://www.nsf.gov/

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