The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a part of the US government which gives grants and other forms of backing for science and engineering projects. The grantees include universities and small businesses, including some which have spun off from universities. To recognize the importance of these innovative companies, the Consumer Electronics Association, the association that puts together CES, has partnered with NSF and CNET to create Eureka Park, a new TechZone for CES 2012. Initially Eureka Park only had 28 participating companies, all of which were NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grantees, but now there are 94 start-up companies registered to have their own booths at the show starting January 10.
Without a doubt the Eureka Park section of CES will have a rather eclectic mix of technology to demonstrate to the attendees. Transparent, flexible, polymer solar panels; electrofluidic display technology for ereaders; a DIY assistive robot with uses ranging from social therapy to education; an advanced robotic whole arm manipulator; contact lenses to enable near-eye micro-displays to be viewed while keeping a distant background in focus; a social networking system designed to be easily accessible to those without much computer knowledge; and more will be at the show.