Good Lord, how i love Demo. It's a mixed new product technological feast served up with drivethrough speed but the bypass surgery inducing transfats.
In case you've never heard of Demo I'll give you the short explanation: Demo is a 17 year old new product show case highlighting emerging corporate, internet and personal technologies and the companies that hope to popularize same. The companies that are selected are carefully vetted by the shows producer, a computer industry veteran named Chris Shipley.
To make the cut for Democompanies have to convince Ms Shipley that what they'rre working on really is trasformational. That's no small task, considering how closely she looks at each company, their proposed offering and their ability to present their technology in one of the show's six-minute on-stage spots.
Six minutes is all a company gets beforre they leave the stage and the next company begins its presentation. Demo is a technological crucible that brings together some of the brightest minds in technology and emerging transformation technologies.
(mandatory discoslure: I was a producer on the Demo shows and wrote their associated newsletters for nearly a decade. I had a stroke on deadline Demo several years ago and am now retired. Demo 2007 is the first time i've been back in person at the winter Demo since I had my stroke. It seems like old home week and I'm thoroughly impressed with Ms Shipley's lineup.)
Right off the top, the turnout is big, more than 700 people are on hand to see this year's almost 70 companies strut their stuff. There are five female CEO's among the 70 companies, which i think is a noteworthy first for any international technology show case.
Demo 2007 doesn't kick off until later this morning but there are a couple of companies here i wanted to highlight before i see their on-stage presentations.
Zink (which stands for Zereo Ink) is one of the coolest things i've seen or heard about in years. Zero ink technology udoesn't use ink cartridges or ribbons and instead relies on color LEDs and special paper to produce full-color images. The technology is truly transformational since it lets you carry a printer in your pocket along with your digital camera or cell phone. When I first heard about Zinc my first reaction was to wonder why Xerox or Kodak hadn't developed this. Watch Zink Imaging in the coming year, they could go on to become another major Demo success story. www.zink.com
My big reaction to this product is that it's a technological home run.Furthermore, it's going to frst appear in a form factor that fits in your pocket, making it possible to snap, print and share photos on the sppot hoow Cool is that?
Well it's so cool that you'll see digital cameras take a running jump on this bandwagon.
Sometimes it takes a long time for an idea to take hoild. Say long enough for an entrepreneur to look closely at an idea focus on its core value and hit all the marks that are required to make good on that dream.
That's the case with reQall, which lets you use your phone, computer or mobile headset to create and mnagw to-do lists. Reqall is an elegantly simple solution for managing to-do lists. you call Reqall service, which has a voice recognizer engine, and enter or manage your to do list data. The information is then stored on ReQall's servers and csn be sent to a cell phone as a short text message. Th eauty of Reqall is its simplicity. It's designed to accomplish one function and it does it elegantly while providing a platform that's available 24 hours a day from a ubiquitous device-- phones.
Of all the presentations i've seen this morniing, ReQall's was the most seamless and did the best on-stage presentation. I liked how they focused on accomplishing a simple task that's at the heart of improving personal producgtivity.
I give them a big thumbs up and recommende you go to Reqall.com to check out theire service.
Well, that's all I have time for for now.I'll file again later in the day. Jim Forbes Back to Where it all began at Demo. from Demo 2007 on 1/31/2007.