10 Hot Startups at CES 2013

Here are 10 startups that turned heads at CES 2013.

CES 2013
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Most of the news at CES surrounds the tech world’s big names, but the conference was also home to 140 emerging companies and entrepreneurs showing products at the Startup America Stage. Here are 10 startups that turned heads at CES 2013.

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uBox: Smart pill box
uBox: Smart pill box

The uBox was designed with a noble purpose in mind: ensuring people take the right dosage of their medications at the right time, every time. The device, which holds the medication itself, beeps when the user fails to take the medicine at the time designated on the device. If the medication still hasn’t been taken, a reminder is sent to the user’s phone. Failing that, notifications are sent to the user’s family members.

Imprint Energy: Ultra-thin battery
Imprint Energy: Ultra-thin battery

In the increasingly competitive battle to achieve the coveted “world’s thinnest smartphone” title, Imprint Energy’s ultra-thin battery technology could become a commodity. The company’s zinc-based battery technology makes for thinner, high-energy, rechargeable batteries that could facilitate manufacturing of ultra-thin devices.

Securifi: Touchscreen wireless router
Securifi: Touchscreen wireless router

Securifi’s Almond wireless router sports a touchscreen, which gives on-screen instructions to walk users through set up. The first router with a touchscreen to hit the market, the Almond could become essential for computer users setting up their first wireless networks.

Lumiode: LED microdisplays
Lumiode: LED microdisplays

On display at CES Lumiode had a 50x50 pixel LED display in a 1mm-by-1mm form factor. The company aims to scale up to higher pixels while keeping the device at the same miniscule size. One example mentioned was embedding the lights into eyewear for visual display, a la Google’s Project Glass.

Veveo: Voice-enabled smart TV search engine
Veveo: Voice-enabled smart TV search engine

Smart TVs stole headlines throughout CES this year, and will soon make their way into more homes. Veveo’s voice-enabled technology will act as Siri for smart televisions, finding content related to broad search terms such as “basketball games” or “comedy movies.”

Red Shift: Custom business voice recognition
Red Shift: Custom business voice recognition

Another company operating in the voice recognition space, Red Shift provides customized voice apps for business sites. Targeting small- and midsized businesses, Red Shift’s technology can be used for customer service, allowing customers to interact with the site vocally.

Styku: Virtual fitting room
Styku: Virtual fitting room

Using Microsoft’s Kinect, Styku creates a digital image of a shopper and shows what they look like in clothing and apparel items. Styku can solve one of the last remaining knocks against online shopping – that customers can’t try the clothes on before purchasing them.

PAR Works: Augmented Reality
PAR Works: Augmented Reality

Several CES exhibitors had augmented reality apps on display, but most used them for games or social media. PAR Works applies it to businesses, overlaying information about discounts and promotions over real-world images of their storefronts.

Energid: ‘Humanoid’ Robotics
Energid: ‘Humanoid’ Robotics

Robotics, particularly in engineering, is another emerging market that is ripe for innovation. Energid provides both a complex robotic arm and the software that controls it. The Humanoid is highly complex, capable of reaching around obstacles and reconfiguring to manipulate objects. With even Foxconn beginning to implement robotics for manufacturing, Energid could be onto a lucrative market.

Dev Audio: Microphones for Skype calls
Dev Audio: Microphones for Skype calls

Dev Audio’s Microcone device can recognize individual voices and, when paired with an app, show all participants on a call who is speaking when. For those who make frequent conference calls, the Microcone could eliminate an all-too-common annoyance.