CES Press Release

CTA Foundation Announces CES Eureka Park Accessibility Contest Winners

Accessibility Marketplace at CES grows by 50 percent

Arlington, VA – 11/29/2016 – 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ Foundation, a national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives, is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest: ActiveProtective, Aira, Bansen Labs, BLITAB and KinTrans. The CTA Foundation partnered with Extreme Tech Challenge to collect entries from over 300 startups from around the world. Each winner will receive a booth in Eureka Park during CES® 2017 and a $2,500 cash prize. CES, the gathering place for the global technology industry, runs Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
 
“We look forward to witnessing new technologies that provide tools for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as their caregivers, that enable more healthy and independent lives,” said Stephen Ewell, executive director of the CTA Foundation. “Accessibility technology is truly changing lives for the better and will be front and center at CES 2017.”
 
The winners of the CTA Foundation contest were selected among emerging Eureka Park eligible startups for their innovations that have the potential for a positive impact on older adults and people with disabilities:

  • ActiveProtective: Wearable belt that deploys an airbag when a fall is detected to help prevent hip fractures in older adults.

  • Aira: Platform that connects blind and low vision individuals with certified virtual agents through wearable devices to assist navigation in everyday life.

  • Bansen Labs: First universal adapter that enables individuals to connect their assistive devices to their favorite technologies.

  • BLITAB: The world’s first tactile braille tablet that can display an entire page at once without any mechanical elements.

  • KinTrans: Sign language translation software designed to provide effective communication between sign language users and those who use spoken language.

The Accessibility Marketplace is the premier marketplace to see how accessible technology is providing tools for individuals with disabilities to live healthy and independent lives. Building on last year’s successful inauguration, the marketplace will see a 50 percent increase in the number of exhibiting companies and return to the 2nd level of the Sands Expo Center in Tech West.
 
This year’s honorees in the Accessible Tech category of the Innovation Awards - an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products - include Aipoly Vision, Open Sesame!, ReSound ENZO2, Segina Cellion and 3dRudder. Additionally, there will be two CTA Foundation sponsored conference tracks focused on Accessibility, including Why Accessibility Matters to Tech Leaders and Autonomous Vehicles will Aid Independent Living.
 
To learn more about the CTA Foundation visit www.CTAFoundation.tech.
 
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Press Contacts:

Danielle Cassagnol
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Elliot Grim
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