DEMO Spring 2010
More than 60 start-ups will unveil hot new products at DEMO Spring 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif. Web TV, smartphone apps, cloud computing and security will feature heavily within a mix of consumer and enterprise technologies. Here's a look at 25 of the coolest companies at DEMO.
GlideTV is debuting a new software application for its handheld device, which lets you watch video from the Internet on your high-definition television. Navigator has a new interface that makes it easier to locate content with a "TV friendly gallery of cover art that lets users instantly see what movies and videos are available across multiple sites in a single glance," the company says. More info.
You won't want to miss the Zosh presentation at DEMO: The product creators plan to destroy a fax machine, Office Space style, right on stage. That's because Zosh will render the process of signing and faxing documents obsolete with a system that lets workers sign documents with their fingers on a touch screen. "Zosh is a mobile document execution platform that lets mobile workers complete, sign and return forms from their mobile phones," DEMO organizers say. In other words: No more printing out and faxing every time you need to sign a document. More info.
This multipurpose 13.3-inch LCD screen designed by a Hong Kong start-up is a portable monitor designed for both consumer and business users. Weighing 2.2 pounds, it's designed for people on the go. "Students, road warriors, and telecommuters alike can add more screen real estate to their computer's desktop, travel without bulky peripherals and enhance productivity at home with the slim design and high-definition performance that's perfect for desks, conference rooms or to slip into a laptop bag," according to DEMO. More info.
A browser-based three-dimensional virtual meeting platform, VenueGen lets business colleagues meet in a variety of virtual settings, from a board room to a yacht to the Roman Colosseum. A user's avatar can display a variety of hand gestures and facial expressions, and the platform allows sharing of media such as streaming video. More info.
This cloud-based service lets anyone familiar with Microsoft Excel build data-intensive applications. "Users can build their own 'big data' applications in minutes, and instantly run them in the cloud, entirely from within Excel," according to DEMO. "With Cloudcel, anyone can now develop data-intensive applications, with no need for additional hardware, software, IT staff or teams of programmers." More info.
Genieo gives users a personalized Internet experience with a newspaper-like homepage, with news, blogs and social networks tailored to the user's interests. Genieo automatically adapts to a user's changing interests by studying browsing activity and forming connections with sources of information from across the Web. Genieo's personal home pages are accessible on the iPhone and Android mobile devices. More info.
Kylo Browser For TV
Kylo, a Web browser for your television, is "simple yet spectacular, bringing the Internet conveniently to your living room," according to DEMO. Kylo comes with a handheld pointer and is designed to let users visit any Web site from an interface that is optimized for TV and meant to be viewed at a distance. "The Kylo browser … has an onscreen keyboard, large buttons, screen zooming, and quick links to popular Web sites." More info.
Rebtel Android app
This new VoIP application optimized for the Google Nexus One device "is the first app of its kind for the Android platform," according to DEMO. Rebtel offers free international calling with great voice quality, without need for a Wi-Fi connection. The service works in 51 countries free of charge. More info.
Admit it: You're terrified of losing your iPhone. That's why Phone Halo has developed an alarm system that notifies you any time you leave home without it. Phone Halo, which also works with BlackBerry and Android devices, consists of a Bluetooth sensor that can be attached to your wallet or keys, and an app downloaded to your phone. When the sensor and phone are separated, you receive an alert. And rush around like a madman trying to find your iPhone. More info.
PiMoto is likely the best electric motorcycle you will see presented at an IT conference this whole year. A special design reduces the battery weight of this vehicle, while a patent-pending propulsion system makes it efficient. "PiMoto is a two-wheel drive light electric motorcycle with a 30-mph speed and 100-mile range," according to DEMO. "PiMoto's unique patented arched 'backbone' design delivers superior performance, durability and cost." More info.
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