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.
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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.
I arrived in Phoenix at the site of Demo 2006, which will showcase 68 new and improved products, ranging across consumer and enterprise hardware and software. Some of the companies launching products (mostly beta) won't have much info on their Web sites until the event officially begins on Tuesday.
Peter Coffee has an interesting article about "exotic" programming languages (and techniques) that are being used in mainstream applications. Peter mentions LISP, Prolog, genetic programming, and neural nets as examples.
Stephen Shankland looks at recent moves in software virtualization, following up on VMware's launch of a new, free version of its GSX server. News.
Technorati's David Sifry offers his state of the blogosphere. The summary: The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half monthsTechnorati now tracks over 27.