8 VC-backed startups to check out at CES

January 5, 2018
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.

2. Glowforge


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.

3. Rylo


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.

4. Whill


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.

5. Petcube


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

Emma Watson says Petcube is life-changing.

6. Orig3n


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."

7. Gamevice


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.

8. Ouster


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

Ouster emerged from stealth last month.
 

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