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6 startups from CES to watch in 2017

Barbara Krasnoff | Jan. 19, 2017
The Eureka Park area at the CES trade show offered startups a chance to show what they can do.

Checked In, LLC

Wait-time monitoring 

Brianne Casey, the CEO and founder of Checked In, says she got the idea for the service because of her experiences as an emergency room nurse. "Currently, while many hospitals publish their patient wait times," she says, "the information is not available in a way that the patient can look up different hospitals from different health care systems and say, I want to go to the one that has the shortest wait times and that's best for me."

According to Casey, Checked In will work this way: When a customer or patient comes in for service, they will check in at the desk with their app. They can then leave and do other things; they will get a text message when it's their turn. She says that the result is a win/win situation -- customers avoid the frustration that results from long waits, and health care providers or other businesses gain in customer satisfaction.

Checked In will also use the collected data to measure how long each phone number sat in its queue. "We average together an hour's worth of data," Casey says, "and we publish that average to the app for consumers to look up."

Currently, Casey says, the company's developers feel it will be ready for beta testing this spring. While she believes that Checked In will be appropriate for a wide range of businesses -- health care, restaurants, airlines, banks, etc. -- she plans to start with health care, "because that's the industry I know the best." After the beta test, she plans to take the resulting feedback and use it to create a second generation of the app before putting it out on the general market.

When ready, Checked In will be free for consumers and will have a $30/month subscription fee for point-of-service businesses.


Spatial augmented reality projector bot

One of the big tech trends at CES 2017 was augmented reality -- the ability to transpose graphics, video or other computer-generated content on top of what you are actually looking at. While most AR systems depend on glasses and other headgear, the folks at Hololamp are developing a system that projects a 3D image -- well, an image that appears to be 3D -- onto a tabletop or other surface.

Alan Jay, the cofounder, explains how it works: Using a computer based on the Unity game development platform, the system first creates an image of a 3D object. "We then track your face using our device, and because we know where you are, we can take the 3D object, form a 2D projection of it onto the tabletop with the projector, and then as you move, change the projection, so it is as if you were looking at a 3D object."


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