The Most Interesting (and Bizarre) Startups at CES 2019

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Jan 22, 2019 · 8 min read
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From humanoid robots and wearable biotechnology to 4D holograms, autonomous undersea drones, and retro arcade games, these are the most out-of-the-box tech startups we discovered at CES this year.

By Rob Marvin

The massive spectacle that is CES takes over Las Vegas every January, packing every corner of the city’s cavernous convention center and hotel ballrooms with tech companies from all over the world. The show tends to embody the zeitgeist of whatever buzzy technologies are capturing our imaginations. This year, some of the biggest trends were wearables and smart everything, high-profile laptop rollouts, 8K TV, and a ton of futuristic autonomous vehicles.

One of the best ways to get a sense of a huge trade show like CES is to wander beyond the extravagant booths and brand-name device makers and lose yourself in the sea of offbeat startups exhibiting on the show floor. This year, we found companies building cutting-edge AI, biotech, and high-tech drones (in both air and undersea varieties)—and even making old tech new again with recreated arcade machines for your home.

Come down the rabbit hole and check out the most out-of-the-box and occasionally bizarre startups we found at CES 2019.

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Arcade 1UP

Mycroft AI

The Kansas City-based startup is shooting for Q1 delivery on the Mycroft Mark 2, which is priced at $199. The speaker itself has a mic array, dual 10-watt speakers, and a 1080p LCD, plus a physical camera shutter and mute button. The web-based voice assistant can also run on desktops, in cars, or on a Raspberry Pi.

Aeronext

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BrainTap

Robomodix

Yape

Flux Planet

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Amo Lab

Notilo Plus iBubble

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Plott

Pocketalk

Bell.AI

Sisu Sense

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Vault Logic

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