Carson Optical’s MicroMini MM-380 20x with smartphone adapter.

Every January, technology companies from around the world – including several from right here on Long Island – gather in Las Vegas to tout their latest products and services at the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The standout trend this time was the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) – used already in Amazon Echo and its other gadgets using the Alexa voice-powered personal assistant – across a vast array of new devices and services. Other standout trends reflected the growth of Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs that offer four times the resolution of HD TVs and over-the-top (OTT) streaming video services, as more and more consumers “cut the cord” with traditional pay TV services.


Among LI companies at CES, none demonstrated as many key show trends as Plainview based NeuLion, specializing in digital video broadcasting and the distribution and monetization of live and on-demand content to Internet-enabled devices. The company demonstrated new features of its NeuLion Digital Platform, used by a variety of media companies. “One of the biggest things that we launched at the show was the ability to collect watch data” enabling clients to gain better insight into how viewers are watching streamed OTT content and on what devices they’re watching, Chris Wagner, NeuLion co founder and executive vice president, said.

Carson Optical

Among the new microscopes and telescopes from Ronkonkoma-based Carson Optical, one clear standout was the MicroMini MM-380 20x with smartphone adapter. It offered a clear sign that smartphone popularity is even impacting the microscope market. The $19 microscope comes with an LED microscope light, an LED flashlight and a UV light.

Innovative Technology

Port Washington’s Innovative Technology capitalizes on turntable demand and its purchase of the historic Victrola brand name. Standout new products that the US record player market share leader introduced at its 15th CES were the Madison, a reproduction of a 1922 Victrola turntable that retails for $199, and a new mid-century modern line ($199-$149) that’s highlighted by the Empire, said CEO and company founder Corey Lieblein. These “all-in-one” music systems feature not only turntables, but a CD player, FM radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The Empire also has a cassette player.


Kings Park-based massage- and pain-relief tech company truMedic introduced the MC 750 Zero Gravity Compact Massage Chair at $1,799.97 and the MC-500 Rocking Chair Massager at $1,999.97. The latter “combines the relaxation of a rocking chair with Shiatsu massage and zero gravity to provide a stress-relieving experience even in smaller condos and apartments,” the company said.