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DEMO showcases test that predicts Alzheimer's, Instagram-type app for videoSpanning the tech categories of media, health, social, and more, the DEMO fall conference highlighted 75 companies and their innovative products. CNET's Sumi Das sniffs out the stars.
-Andy Warhol was wrong. It's not 15 minutes of fame, it's 6, at least a demo. The full conference offered each of these 75 carefully chosen demonstrators 6 precious minutes on stage to strut their text stuff. We hit the Pavilion for a closer look at some of the stars. A slew of social media companies were vying for attention. Among them, Blipboard, which helps you find interesting things nearby. Each PIN represents a blip which tells followers about something fun or fascinating, like a mussy art exhibit or a cool concern venue. The app also sends alert when you're close to a blip. So, you don't cluelessly walk past the best cupcakes in town. Givit, bills itself as Instagram for video. The smart phone app provides an easy way to choose the best scenes from a raw clip, and share them with friends or upload them to YouTube or Facebook. You can even add music and effects like instant replay. -If you're a serious gamer, you probably saved up your pennies to buy one of those steering wheel accessories, so you could play your favorite racing game. -Well, now, there is a better way to get your speed fix, technology that recognizes your gestures. It's still under development but MoveEye will let you interact with video game consoles, computers, and other devices by using your hands to point and click or tap and swipe. -We're trying to teach the computer how to view things in real life, how a human would view it. So, all algorithms allow us to essentially teach the computer how to determine the depth of objects, the location of these objects and the location of those objects in relation to other thing, and specifically for us in location to things on the screen. -The killer app for MoveEye, Smart TVs. Good news for anyone confuse by their remote control. ElectNext helps you discover your political personality, answer some questions about various issues, and the site finds the politician's most closely aligned with you idealogy. Birdies is a picture field reference tool for the modern day birder. Was that an American Goldfinch? Double check and then tweet about it. And finally, NeuroTracker introduced VPC, a test that predicts the on set of Alzheimer's disease three to four years before patients show any clinical signs. -When an individual takes this test, they're seated in front of a computer that has an embedded eye tracker, and so we can monitor where they're looking on the screen, and we just ask them to look at images and we can tell by the way they view those images how well they remember them. -During the test, some images are repeated and some are new. Subjects with healthy memory spend more time exploring the new or novel images. The test needs FDA approval but if it jumps that hurdle, it could mean earlier more effective treatment for Alzheimer's patients. Not a bad bunch of tech. Products that are likely to keep us informed, entertained and connected. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das for CNET News.