Demo 2006: Riya was one of the hottest products shown demo. It's been in development for over two years, and was the talk of Silicon Valley when Google was rumored to be acquiring the company.
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I got a close look at Krugle (rhymes with Google), the forthcoming (March 8) vertical search engine for programmers. The search engine finds content from a constrained set of domains, starting with the main Web sites that programmers use and rippling out to sites that are associated by strong interlinking.
Demo 2006: Polyvision showed Thunder Virtual Flipchart System. It’s designed to share large amounts of information--at the other end of the spectrum from Web conferencing software like WebEx.
Demo 2006: Grass Roots Software demoed a new presentation application, Freepath (the site is still not live at this writing) that lets you build a playlist by dragging and dropping elements into a composer. The software leverages PowerPoint content and also supports audio, video, PDF, Word and other data types.
Demo 2006: Ugobe founder and chief inventor Caleb Chung shows off his latest offspring, Pleo (see photo below). Chung also co-invented Furby, which was a great annoyance in my house a few years ago.
Demo 2006: Digismart, from Digislide Holdings, is a minature projection system that can display an 11-inch by 17-inch image from a distance of 3 feet. The micro-optical device can be integrated into cell phones, PDAs, GPS units, MP3 and MP4 players, handheld games and laptops.
Demo host Chris Shipley called upon the tech industry to simplify, simplify, echoing Henry David Thoreau. "Personal computing has become much too complex…individuals are becoming overwhelmed…which has moved personal tech to point of diminishing returns.
Stephen Shankland continues his reporting on the virtualization, this time about disharmony among the chip makers:Intel is expected to declare Tuesday that its Virtualization Technology (VT) is mature enough for testing and about three months away from prime time.
Video: I interviewed Karenann Terrell, CIO of Chrysler Group and Mercedes Benz North America about the challenges of integrating the two companies into a global business. Her group focuses on application development, creating large scale portals for of the companies constituents, and modernizing legacy applications.
Continuing the preview of Demo 2006, 12 hours before the opening demo, here are some of the other new or improved products from among the 68 that will be getting their first public viewing. On the consumer side, Vizrea Snap allows users to automatically move pictures between your PC, camera phone, and the Web.