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Nevada Companies Hoping for Boost from CES

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LAS VEGAS -- As the Las Vegas valley technology scene grows, so does its presence at the Consumer Electronics Show.

There are 30 Nevada companies featured at the expo and many are just getting started.

"We just expanded organically from nothing basically to now we have two buildings and 25 employees," Full Spectrum Laser founder Henry Liu said.

Full Spectrum Laser makes 3D printers that can make nearly anything.

Just a few years ago the company moved out of the garage and into the 3D printing industry.

It tries to bring costs down so that small businesses or even individuals can create professional-grade models and designs.

"Machines as low as $2,000. These ones we're making are around $3,000," sales manager Jason Pong said.

The team hopes to promote its product at the Consumer Electronics Show and so do thousands of others.

It is the biggest show yet with more than 2 million square feet of exhibits and this year dozens of Nevada companies are taking up some of that space.

One is Russ Johnson's Cord Cruncher Technology, which was invented by his brother in his Henderson garage because he was tired of the cord on his headphones tangling up at the gym.

"I think over the next ten years Nevada is just going to explode with it and everything that follows it," Cord Cruncher Technology founder Russ Johnson said.

Johnson launched his cord cruncher product at last year's show.

He credits it for catapulting his company forward, moving 470,000 units of tangle-proof headphones last year and employing 18 people.

Another hopeful Nevada company is CTX Virtual Technologies, which has designed a better keyboard.

"The benefit is that we can pair this keyboard with your smart phone, so when people travel with their phone instead of the virtual keypad which is cumbersome this basically gives you a full size keyboard," founder Clifford Rhee said.

The companies say they picked Las Vegas because of conventions like CES.

"We like being in Las Vegas because it is very convenient location for us. A lot of tech shows happen in Las Vegas," Rhee said.

Most of the companies are just a few years old. For them, CES is a chance to be discovered by big investors, and it is a chance to grow.

"The biggest part about CES is it is a world-wide scene so people see us who normally never would," Liu said.

They want to put a 3D printer in every home in America.

"With large investment, of the right type, that share our vision, we could make this more wide spread," Pong said.

Consumer electronics is a $200 billion industry in the United States. The local companies say they are excited to bring some of that money right here.

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