More than 3,800 tech companies will be in Las Vegas starting Thursday for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
CES is an annual gathering for tech-related ... well, anything really. Engadget says expect lots of Microsoft Surface competitors, some phone news from BlackBerry (though CES isn't generally a big mobile show), and a lot of TV/home theater news.
Best Buy will have some high-level execs there. They meet with vendor partners and scout products that haven't yet hit the market, a news release says. They even have a page specifically on their site for CES products.
While Best Buy is just visiting, more than a dozen other Minnesota companies will actually be exhibiting their technology. Here's a look at each one, where they're from, and a brief rundown of what they do.
3M – St. Paul
You know 3M already, probably. But here they specifically seem to be pitching help with wearable medical devices.
Afinia – Chanhassen
They'll be showing off 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, filaments and supplies. They're pitching it as affordable, and possibly an option for schools or designers.
Bel Canto Deisgn Ltd. – Minneapolis
They make high-fidelity audio components for "Two-Channel and Multi-Channel enthusiasts."
Brackerton – Edina
Use mounts for your electronics? They might be made by Brackerton.
Brushies – Lino Lakes
If you need a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush! You can play games with little characters tied to brushing your teeth.
Comply – Oakdale
Makers of in-ear memory foam tips for headphones.
Danville Signal Processing Inc. – Cannon Falls
High-end audio work.
Element Electronics – Eden Prairie
They produce TVs and sound systems.
GPSip Inc. – Chaska
They create technology for smartphones or wearables that uses GPS technology to help create safe zones – think for kids, or people with dementia. So as long as someone is within the safe zone, it's fine. If they wander outside of that area, it can alert a caregiver.
Honeywell International – Golden Valley
That Fortune 100 company that makes products for safety systems, aerospace companies, engineering services, and more.
Hydreon Corporation – Eden Prairie
FakeTV – that's their flagship product. It's a burglary deterrent, and emits a glow like a TV screen so it looks like people are home.
MEM-CE, LLC – Eden Prairie
This is Memorex, which makes lots of different types of speaker systems and headphones.
NUU Mobile – Rochester
They create and design unlocked Android phones.
Polaroid – Minnetonka
The camera people.
Prevent Biometrics – Edina
Real-time monitoring of head impacts – meaning their tech can be used to possibly detect concussion-causing impacts.
SANUS/Chief/Da-Lite – Eden Prairie
Equipment racks, TV mounts, speaker stands – ways to hold your electronic appliances, basically.
Sleep Number – Minneapolis
They make ... the Sleep Number beds.
UnitedHealthcare – Minnetonka
One of the largest health insurance companies in the world.