PhotoCrank turns your cameraphone into a cutesy photo booth: It lets you put digital frames and text around pictures. It costs end-users 20 to 30 cents per image sent, but the company is also making its technology available to brand marketers, who could make their own "cranks" available to their customers for no charge. It's a fun little service.
SAN DIEGO--If you're the type of person who constantly snaps pictures on your camera phone but never does anything with the images, PixSense may well have the technology to help you.
The idea is that the service automatically sends any images or videos taken with a user's camera phone to a Web site, where, the idea goes, it may well be much more useful.
PixSense calls its service a &… Read more
SAN DIEGO--One of the cooler technologies to be showcased at DemoFall here Tuesday afternoon was Qipit, from France's Realeyes 3D.
The idea behind Qipit is that it allows nearly anyone with a camera phone to take photos of signs, posters, fliers and other pieces of written information and then instantly send copies of those images to anyone.
One example of Qipit's utility Realeyes showed onstage was taking a photo of a whiteboard in a college classroom. Once the picture is taken, it could be sent to a sick friend who needed notes from class. It could then be … Read more
SAN DIEGO--One of the biggest questions to come out of DemoFall here Tuesday was whether the short-ish fellow walking around the floor with a black jacket, thick, slicked hair and big sunglasses was really rock star Bono.
No one seemed to know the real answer. One Demo official said yes, it was Bono. Other folks who claimed to have talked to those in the know said it was just a Bono look-alike hired by one of the companies presenting its technology here this week.
What was clear, whether it was Bono or not, was that it sure looked a lot … Read more
Void Communications is introducing a new system, VaporStream, for sending messages that can't be archived or recorded. It plays against today's aggressive corporate email and voicemail systems where everything is kept for regulatory compliance. Sometimes, of course, you don't want your communications recorded, or potentially re-transmitted.
VaporStream is a new messaging system that lets you send ephemeral messages. Once you send a message with VaporStream, the recipient can see it and reply to it, but not print it, save it, or even copy it to the clipboard. Messages are erased from the system as soon as they'… Read more
SAN DIEGO--RingCub's Mojopac takes your personal computing profile and puts it on a USB storage device, like a thumb drive or an iPod. The idea is that you plug it into whatever PC you happen to be in front of, and that PC then becomes yours, with your own Windows applications and data. When you unplug your drive, all traces of your use vanish.
This isn't exactly a new idea, and in a world of Web-based applications and data, one might wonder if it's necessary. There are, though, many applications that require local storage and applications … Read more
SAN DIEGO, Calif.--Amateur digital photographers may soon have a reason to rejoice.
That's because a New York company known as Tribeca Labs has built an application called PhotoBot, which is designed to take most of the guesswork out of making even mundane digital photos look good.
The idea behind PhotoBot, which was unveiled at Demofall here Tuesday, is that it can automatically correct lighting, red-eye and contrast problems in photos. And Tribeca Labs insists that when it says "automatically," it means it.
In other words, users' photos are autocorrected by PhotoBot, which runs in the background … Read more
SAN DIEGO, Calif.--Anyone who has ever used a car navigation system knows that it is a wonderful, if flawed, technology.
While it helps drivers get to destinations with a minimum of fuss, the typical car navigator falls victim to unexpected traffic delays, and thus, can leave drivers stranded.
The Dash navigator uses either Wi-Fi or cell network connectivity to provide users with real-time information that, if it works as advertises, could cut down on driving … Read more
Launching at DemoFall is the new search capability in the Pluggd podcast player. If you're listening to a podcast in the Pluggd Flash-based player, and want to jump to the part that talks about a particular thing, Pluggd will find it for you -- it shows you an audio timeline with the segments you care about highlighted. It'll also find podcasts that cover topics you like, and play just the portions of them that relevant to you.
This is a very cool system, reminiscent of Blinkx and Podzinger. Its greatest problem is that it doesn't work on … Read more
PHOENIX--After two days and 68 company presentations at the Demo '06 conference here, one thing is clear: Enterprise products and services carried the day.
That's not to say that some consumer-oriented offerings weren't popular and seen as having a lot of potential. But when Demo's head honcho, Chris Shipley, announced the so-called Demo God awards at Wednesday night's closing dinner, enterprise dominated.
The 10 Demo God winners:
Network Streaming, and its appliance-based remote support offering.
Panoratio Database Images, which has software designed to analyze large, complex data sets.
VSee Labs, which allows people … Read more