CES Tech Show Has Strong Michigan Presence

LAS VEGAS — A record 43 Michigan-based companies will be exhibiting at the 47th annual International CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) this week in Las Vegas, Nev.

All of the Detroit three automakers — Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors — will have major exhibits at the show, as will auto suppliers like Delphi, Gentex, TRW and Visteon.

The North American headquarters of numerous auto suppliers based overseas, from Germany’s Bosch to France’s Valeo to Canada’s Magna, will also have displays of the latest in high-tech transportation.

Also back is Ferndale-based Livio, developer of an automotive standard for app connectivity.

All are part of a record automotive presence at CES, the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace, which will feature autonomous driving, collision avoidance, and vehicle communication technologies. Exhibitors in this area will conduct track demonstrations in a parking lot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center as well as on-the-road demos.

But Michigan’s presence at CES isn’t just on wheels. There are also tech startups like Ann Arbor-based Skipstone LLC, which has developed a patent-pending interactive video platform that allows consumers to investigate products and services, and offers brands a new form of marketing, and TechSlinger, Grand Rapids inventor Nathan Crawford’s brand of technology “holsters” that allow easier use of personal electronics like iPhones and iPads.

And there are longtime Michigan-based veterans of many CES shows, from Auburn Hills-based computer accessory and software provider PC Treasures to Rochseter Hills-based electronics accessory maker Fonegear to the Commerce Township-based family of electronics brands HMDX, Jam Audio and House of Marley.

Ford persident and CEO Mark Fields will provide insights on the future of mobility and the latest in-vehicle innovations in a keynote address that follows the State of the Industry address by Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president and CEO, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Also, Werner Struth, chairman of Robert Bosch LLC, is part of a keynote panel, “Fast Innovation,” Wednesday at 11 a.m.

More about the show at http://www.cesweb.org/.

CES is the world’s largest innovation show, with more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space and more than 3,500 exhibitors. More than 160,000 industry representatives are expected to attend, including more than 6,000 reporters and bloggers. More than 20,000 products are expected to be introduced at the show.

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