Chicago Represents at CES This Week

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In yet another example that Chicago is a business incubator, lots of Chicago-area companies are taking part in the big-city Consumber Electronic Show in Las Vegas that takes place Tuesday through Friday.

If you're reading this blog but aren't familiar with the show, congratulations: You might be, in part, a technophobe.

The Consumer Electronics Show is a trade show held in Vegas every January, and it previews up-and-coming gadgets, no matter how doofy they might be, but since it isn't open to the public it's intended strictly to generate buzz and get people psyched for things like water-resistant Bluetooth speakers you can put in the shower.

(Anti-fog shower mirror sold separately. Really.)

All teasing aside, it's a big deal. And Chicago is represented in full force there, with 87 exhibitors flaunting their goods there.

If you're unaware of Chicago's tech landscape, it's actually a cool list to get an idea of what's in our own backyard. For example, did you know…

  • Icap Patent Brokerage is the world's largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm?
  • BlueAnt Wireless is swerving away from expectations this year by showing off a wired Bluetooth headset after its built a rep on wireless ones. And they're getting great reviews.
  • LG Electronics is located in Illinois? It's true -- it's in Lincolnshire. Something to think about when you're distracting yourself with that fancy new TV.

For the full list of exhibitors, click here.  

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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