SANDPOINT, Idaho - A new, local technology company from Sandpoint, Idaho is getting international attention after its product won first place in "The Last Gadget Standing" competition at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.
The futuristic keyboard they produce isn't even ready for sale, but it already is in huge demand.
Jason Giddings came up the Luminae Keyboard about a year ago.
"I was kind of brainstorming what keyboards might look like in the future," said Jason Giddings, President/CEO of TransluSense.
The keyboard is glass covered in a personalized liner. The technology is in the software attached to the liner. And it's this small business gadget that beat out big name companies like Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show. Retailers from around the world are now looking to buy.
"It doesn't look so sexy to me, but it definitely gets a lot of attention from everybody else," said Giddings. The company is called TransluSense, and is still making some modifications before it puts the keyboard on the market in the next few months.
Company president Jason Giddings is from Portland, but decided the best place to manufacture his product was in Sandpoint. There are currently only four employees, but once assembly starts, they will look to hire 30 people locally, and could expand to over 100 as demand rises.
"It's a small community we thought we could make an impact," said Giddings. So what started out as a small idea is quickly turning into big opportunities.
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