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News Release 16-153

NSF-funded startups demo tech at CES 2017 Eureka Park

From bioprinting to adaptive learning, innovative tech based on fundamental research featured at world's largest consumer technology event

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December 20, 2016

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More than 20 small businesses funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will showcase their early stage technologies at the 2017 CES, a global conference that unveils up-and-coming consumer technologies.

The companies will be featured at the Eureka Park Marketplace, an area dedicated to pre-market technologies born from fundamental science and engineering innovation.

NSF cofounded Eureka Park in 2012 to help NSF-funded entrepreneurs with emerging, ready-for-commercialization technology to gain marketplace exposure by giving them access to potential partners and investors at CES. Since then, Eureka Park has had a six-fold increase in exhibitors, and now features more than 600 companies.

The small businesses exhibiting at CES 2017 will showcase cutting-edge technologies designed to address challenges in robotics, biomedicine, energy, the Internet of Things, and many other areas.

WHEN: January 5-8, 2017

WHERE: Eureka Park Marketplace, Sands, Level 1, Hall G, Las Vegas

WHAT: Startups and small businesses will demonstrate their pre-market or new-to-market technologies to thousands of CES attendees.

WHO: NSF-funded small businesses in Eureka Park include the following:

Assistive Technologies & Robotics

  • SynTouch, a sensor technology that gives robots the ability to replicate -- and sometimes exceed -- the human sense of touch.
  • TAG Optics Inc., a lens that uses sound to bring images into focus more quickly.


  • eLutions Integrated Systems, Inc., a continuous, minimally invasive, glucose monitor for bedside point-of-care.
  • Neural Analytics, a portable ultrasound system designed to rapidly triage and monitor people with brain disorders.
  • SE3D, a desktop system that prints biological scaffolds, cells and liquids for 3D tissues.
  • Weinberg Medical Physics, a portable, low-power MRI system using magnets that can be switched on and off to image heads or other parts of the body in seconds with high spatial resolution.

Cyber & Personal Security

  • PFP Cybersecurity, provides an early warning system for wireless networking equipment and smart grid infrastructure using Internet of Things monitors, machine learning and data analytics to detect tiny anomalies in power patterns.

eCommerce & Enterprise Solutions

  • ZillionInfo, provides location intelligence solutions to help people deal with large datasets, dig into data insights, and make better location decisions such as site selection, territory mapping and routing.

Education & Technology

  • Imagars, a design decision support tool that helps designers learn proper design techniques, develop engineering judgment and foster creativity in a stimulating and user-friendly fashion.
  • IntellADAPT, an adaptive learning technology based on pedagogy, learning models, rich media, real-time feedback and learner analytics.
  • SmartyPal, a technology platform that takes award-winning stories and videos and infuses them with personalized, interactive, educational games, which are designed for two or more people to play and learn together on the same screen.
  • ThoughtSTEM, a game engine platform that immerses students in computer science education by allowing them to easily modify one of the most popular video games of all time, Minecraft.
  • VoiceVibes, automated speech coaching software that enables people to practice and improve their public speaking skills by analyzing vocal features of speech, such as pace, pauses, vocal variety and more, to make users sound more engaging, personable and confident.
  • Zyrobotics, an app-connected plush toy that helps young children fall in love with STEM by immersing them in an animated world of learning games and stories.


  • ARGIL, Inc., a fast-switching electrochromic film to improve light and heat control in cars by replacing standard glass in sunglasses and goggles with dynamic glass.

Gaming & Virtual Reality

  • Chirp Microsystems Inc., an ultrasound, low-power 3-D sensing technology that lets users play music or check email on a tablet with the wave of a hand.
  • Pointivo, a cloud-based computer vision algorithm that uses machine learning to create 3D models from video and photos.
  • VisiSonics Corporation, a highly realistic and computationally efficient software for sound synthesis, with applications that include virtual reality, gaming and prostheses for the blind.

Health & Wellness

  • Stratio Inc., innovative sensor and low-cost optics products to expand access to materials identification, product quality control, medical imaging and other applications.

Smart Home

  • Vaporsens, nanofiber-based sensor and instrumentation technology for the next generation of gas and vapor chemical sensing.

Kids & Technology

  • LightUp, a personal tutoring platform powered by augmented reality and artificial intelligence that provides real-time voice guidance, adaptive learning analytics and 3D holograms to teach STEM subjects.


  • Electroninks, Inc., particle-free, metallic, conductive inks for consumer electronics, wearables and e-textiles.

Visit NSF booth #50013 for more information.

NSF awards nearly $190 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact.


Media Contacts
Sarah Bates, NSF, (703) 292-7738, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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