Virtual reality headsets. DNA kits. High-tech pet monitors. These are just some of the products that will be on display at CES this week in Las Vegas, as an array of companies brave the madness to show off their latest ideas.
Here's a look at eight startups exhibiting at the huge tech conference, complete with details on each company's total VC funding and current valuation. For more information,
check out this list of all the venture-backed startups featuring their products at CES this year.
1. Merge VR
What the company does: Builds comfortable and durable VR goggles compatible with iOS and Android. HQ: San Antonio, Texas Total equity funding: $13 million Valuation: $29 million Select investors: New Ground Ventures, Comer Woodford Ventures Location at CES: Booths 21523, 43274
Merge's flagship goggles retail for $50 and come in 10 colors.
What the company does: Manufactures a 3D laser printer with the ability to print from raw materials including wood, leather and chocolate. HQ: Seattle Total equity funding: $60 million Valuation: $174 million Select investors: Foundry Group, True Ventures Location at CES: Booth 9104
Glowforge's founder, Don Shapiro, sold his last startup, Sparkbuy, to Google.
What the company does: Makes a 360-degree camera with an accompanying mobile app. HQ: San Francisco Total equity funding: $18 million Valuation: $49 million Select investors: Accel, Sequoia, Spark Capital Location at CES: Suite 30-133
Rylo's co-founders previously created Hyperlapse, an Instagram app meant to make it easy to shoot time-lapse video on a mobile device.
What the company does: Builds "intelligent personal electric vehicles" with a goal of improving users independence and eliminating wheelchair stigma. HQ: San Carlos, CA Total equity funding: $32 million Valuation: $84 million Select investors: 500 Startups, SunBridge Global Ventures Location at CES: Booth 43943
Whill was recognized as an Innovation Awards Honoree at CES 2017.
What the company does: Provides an interactive pet monitor that keeps pet owners connected with their animals via live video and a built-in laser pointer. HQ: San Francisco Total equity funding: $14 million Valuation: $37 million Select investors: Y Combinator, AVentures Location at CES: Suite 31-228, Suite 31-232
What the company does: Offers several different DNA tests meant to help users take care of specific aspects of their health, such as nutrition and fitness. HQ: Boston Total equity funding: $36 million Valuation: $45 million Select investors: 180 Degree Capital, Spectrum Health Ventures Location at CES: Booth 43155, 45331
Orig3n's least-expensive DNA kit, which sells for $29, tells users about potential "superpowers."
What the company does: Designs and engineers game controllers for mobile devices. HQ: Los Angeles Total equity funding: $13 million Valuation: $31 million Select investors: California Technology Ventures, BAM Ventures Location at CES: 21023
Gamevice recently sued Nintendo for patent infringement, claiming the gaming company's Switch is too similar to its products.
What the company does: Develops LIDAR and perception technology for self-driving cars and robotics products. HQ: San Francisco Total equity funding: $30 million Valuation: $212 million Select investors: Cox Enterprises, Fontinalis Partners Location at CES: 52903