CES® 2022 kicks off in just a couple days, and Minnesota isn’t shying away from the big technological stage. 15 entities from the land of a bunch of lakes are heading to Las Vegas to strut their techy stuff, joining the more than 2,200 exhibitors in total. And while that number kind of freaks us out (literalcoughomicronliteralcough), CES has full health protocols in effect and will also be ending one day early (the organizations says it will, “continue to monitor and adjust our plans and health protocols as necessary”).
Pandemic surge aside (which is a weird series of words to type), here are the Minnesota companies to know heading into CES 2022 and what they’ll be exhibiting. We’ve got robots! We’ve got bikes! We’ve got premature ejaculation patches!
What can we say? Minnesota is nothing if not wide-ranging.
Also, be sure to keep an ear on your podcast airwaves for an interview with Amogha Srirangarajan, CEO of Carbon Origins, on The tech.mn Podcast. It got spacey in the very best of ways. It’ll be coming to you on Tuesday, January 11.
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. Learn more about our company, our people, and the impact we make by visiting 3M.com.
CATEGORY: Digital Health, Fitness and Wearables, Sourcing and Manufacturing, Startups, Wellness Technologies
Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Benno was a skate and snowboard pioneer who dreamed of living in California. After graduating from design school he moved to San Diego where, in 1993, he co-founded the Electra Bicycle Company. Benno left the company in 2010 after its sale three years prior, but his restless desire to design better bikes and inspire people to ride remained, which led him to create Benno Bikes in 2015.
CATEGORY: Family and Lifestyle, Smart Cities and Resilience, Sustainability, Vehicle Tech
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A metaverse robotics company building a multi-platform robot named Skippy trained and guided by people in virtual reality.
CATEGORY: Accessibility, AR/VR/XR, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Smart Cities and Resilience
Comply Foam Tips
Comply™ Foam is the leading provider for earbud replacement tips. The biggest complaint consumers have from their ill-fitting earbuds is getting both a stable and comfortable fit. Comply has a solution – a proprietary soft memory foam that conforms to the ear’s dynamic shape making them a great enhancement for OEM earphone providers.
CATEGORY: Accessories, Audio Technologies, Entertainment and Content, Gaming and Esports, High-Tech Retailing/E-Commerce
Digi International (Digi) is a leading global provider of mission-critical and business-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments.
Our mission is to make high-quality consumer electronics and appliances accessible to everyone. It’s why we show up to work. Our mission is embedded in the DNA of our organization and drives our company culture.
GetWireless is a leading Value-Added Distributor of cellular solutions that connect the Internet of Things. By supporting a strong portfolio of embedded modules, end-device modems, intelligent gateways, and signal boosters, GetWireless is able to supply the most advantageous cellular solution for each new IoT application.
Morari Medical has developed a chemical-free wearable patch for the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE). PE is the most prevalent male sexual dysfunction, estimated to affect 30% of men worldwide. With a higher incidence than erectile dysfunction (ED) or an enlarged prostate, PE represents a large global market opportunity.
CATEGORY: Digital Health, Family and Lifestyle, Fitness and Wearables, Startups, Wellness Technologies
We’re committed to supporting the growth & development of IoT, providing innovative products to connect “things”. Our products address connectivity across a variety of technologies including LoRaWAN, CBRS Private LTE and edge computing. New at CES – an integrated bundled sensor gateway solution that simplifies getting data to the cloud.
CATEGORY: 5G Technologies, Energy/Power, IoT/Sensors, Smart Cities and Resilience, Smart Home and Appliances
Contributing to society has been a core value of our company for over a century. These early words from our founder, Konosuke Matsushita, continue to inspire us to this day: “Recognizing our responsibilities as industrialists, we will devote ourselves to the progress and development of society and the well-being of people through our business activities, thereby enhancing the quality of life throughout the world.”
Individuality is the foundation of Sleep Number. Our purpose driven company is comprised of over 5,000 passionate team members who are dedicated to our mission of improving lives by individualizing sleep experiences. We have improved over 13 million lives and are positively impacting society’s wellbeing through higher quality sleep.
CATEGORY: Digital Health, Smart Home and Appliances, Wellness Technologies
We build the world’s best tether systems for connectivity in the toughest environments and public safety.
CATEGORY: 5G Technologies, Drones, Robotics, Smart Cities and Resilience, Startups
The Toro Company
With roots dating back to 1914, The Toro Company was built on a tradition of quality and caring relationships. Today, the company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf and landscape maintenance, snow and ice management, underground utility construction, rental and specialty construction, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Through a strong network of professional distributors, dealers, rental stores and retailers in more than 125 countries, we proudly offer a wide range of products across a family of global brands to help golf courses, professional contractors, underground construction professionals, groundskeepers, agricultural growers, rental companies, government and educational institutions, and homeowners – in addition to many leading sports venues and historic sites around the world.
We manufacture a premium line of dry packs that float. Our uzip waterproof zipper is changing the game, engineered for survival suits it’s the best product to protect your tech! Our business is steeped in a desire to protect your valuables when adventure is eminent and our vision is to be the go to manufacturer for electronic protection.
CATEGORY: Accessories, Mobile Hardware and Accessories