CES 2017: CTA Foundation Names Eureka Park Accessibly Contest Winners

Foundation aims to use tech to improve lives of those with disabilities
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BLITAB's tactile braille tablet

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation announced the winners of its second annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest.

The CTA Foundation carries the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with life-enhancing tech. It partnered with Extreme Tech Challenge to collect entries from over 300 start-ups from around the world. Each winner will receive a booth in Eureka Park during CES 2017 and a $2,500 cash prize.

Winners include:

ActiveProtective (booth 51002): Wearable belt that deploys an airbag when a fall is detected to help prevent hip fractures in older adults.

Aira (booth 51000): Platform that connects blind and low-vision individuals with certified virtual agents through wearable devices to assist navigation in everyday life.

Bansen Labs (booth 51006): First universal adapter that enables individuals to connect their assistive devices to their favorite technologies.

BLITAB (booth 51008): The world’s first tactile braille tablet that can display an entire page at once without any mechanical elements.

KinTrans (booth 51004): Sign-language translation software designed to provide effective communication between sign language users and those who use spoken language.

 “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.”

CES will be held Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas. The Accessibility Marketplace at the show will see a 50 percent increase in the number of exhibiting companies. It can be found on the second level of the Sands Expo Center in Tech West.

This year’s honorees in the Accessible Tech category of the Innovation Awards include Aipoly Vision, Open Sesame!, ReSound ENZO2, Segina Cellion and 3dRudder.

There will also be two CTA Foundation-sponsored conference tracks focused on Accessibility: “Why Accessibility Matters To Tech Leaders” and “Autonomous Vehicles Will Aid Independent Living.”

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