Photos: DemoSpring 2010's gadgets and characters
Demo Spring 2010 kicks off
Solutions for signing and faxing back documents without owning a fax machine, finding lost gadgets, or trying to type on a mobile phone's on-screen keyboard, were all targeted by companies as easy fixes. That is, if people are willing to buy into what are often proprietary systems.
In the photos that follow, you'll see companies old and new showing off their latest products, as well as a few memorable moments.
Zosh destroys a fax machine
Kerr wasn't destroying it just for fun though. His company is actually trying to kill off the need for physical fax machines, by putting the act of receiving, sending, and signing documents on people's mobile phones.
Hillcrest Labs demos new TV-friendly Web browser
It works with both PCs and Macs, and can be paired with the company's Loop pointer hardware, which the company is hoping to sell more of once people install it.
Nyoombl turns your TV into a video conferencing tool
The one big benefit this technology has over what Skype plans to do with TV sets, is that it can be added to any old TV without having to buy a new TV hardware.
Viaclix demos its Web TV in a box
Viaclix makes hardware and software for surfing the Web on your TV. Users need a special box and remote to make use of it, in return for being able to surf Web sites like flipping channels. This includes video sites like Hulu and YouTube.
Along with Internet video sites, Viaclix boxes can do things like live video chat (with a connected Webcam) and run third party apps.
The $50,000 PayPal bump
Osama Bedier, vice president of PayPal's platform and emerging technologies bumps phones with Punsri Abeywickrema from Rentalic, one of the winners of the PayPal developer challenge, in order to transfer them the $50,000 prize money. Bedier said that the actual transfer would take place a little later, and joked that in the past they would have used an oversize check instead.
Medl Tech's 'portable' LCD monitor
Medl Tech has cooked up a truly niche product: an external screen for laptop users. This could act as a secondary display when users are out on the road, all without taking up as much space as a traditional external display.
The 13-inch display sports the same resolution as an Apple MacBook, and can last around 4-5 hours on an internal, rechargeable lithium battery. The company plans to ship out later this year for around $300.
InVisage's camera sensor special sauce
For an in-depth explanation of what the technology can do, read the CNET News story on it here.
The Li'l Magic precision laser inventory sorter
All users have to do is drop hardware parts like screws, bolts, nails, etc., into the top, and it uses a precision system to figure out what it is based on things like size, weight, and shape. These are then cross-checked with a store's inventory system to keep track of large numbers of small parts without too much effort.
Geneio's CEO comes out cuffed
That's what Genio.com's CEO and co-founder Sol Tzvi did. Believe it or not, there was a point to it all. Tzvi was trying to demonstrate how typical content aggregators were limiting--just like hand cuffs.
Any 'Lost' fans out there?
Contact-slurping service Gwabbit demonstrated its new "gwab-o-sphere" product, which can sync up contact information changes from around the Web.
Gwabbit president Todd Miller donned a replica Dharma Initiative jump suit from the popular TV series "Lost" to show how the new tech could grab the right contact information no matter what time the e-mail had come from.
For more on how the gwab-o-sphere works, read our coverage.
Phone Halo keeps an eye on your gadgets
Read more about it here.