Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus
DEMO 2007 has just wrapped up from Palm Desert CA. The companies that demonstrated their products covered a wide spectrum: Web apps, social networking, hardware, media, wireless, security, enterprise software and other technologies. It was an action-packed two days of presentations, so in this post we pick out our 10 favorites (listed in alphabetical order). Note that each logo is linked to their home page and the name is linked to the DEMO page.
Jam across the globe with eJamming.
The eJamming web site and desktop software allows musicians to play in sync over the internet. The intricacies of channeling music, let alone synchronizing it, over the web are well known. eJamming's secret sauce allows musicians across the globe to connect and seamlessly play together as if they were in the same rehearsal room. eJamming seems to be a great addition to our virtually connected lives. If we can work from home, why not jam from home as well?
Discover and enjoy the world of cinema with Jaman.
Less than 1% of the movies made in the world are available to the US public. Jaman is about to change that by delivering these movies straight to Windows and Mac Desktops with innovative, better-than-DVD quality software. On top of getting us these unique movies, Jaman software creates instant social networks by placing an interactive control bar to the right of the movie window. The controls allow you to turn on commentary from the other users, and rate or review the movie. Interacting with other users while watching a movie could be distracting, but Jaman seems to nail down the problem with the great user interface.
Design your dream home with MyDesignIn.
Social networking has gone vertical in recent times and this app is an interesting twist. MyDesignIn allows users to collect home design ideas and artifacts online using browser buttons. The users then can apply collected information and images to the blueprints of their house and get design advice from their friends and family. The site needs to grow and evolve more, but the concept seems interesting and getting help with home design is useful.
Create and share photo timelines
Just when we thought there is nothing left to do in the online photo and media sharing market, Our Story proves us wrong. They take the simple idea that media exists in time, and come up with an end-to-end photo organizer, storage and sharing experience. The photos are organized around events and timelines, and they can be shared and contributed to by multiple users via site or email. They've got printing of albums built in too. Flickr has certainly brought us the social photo revolution, but it is up to the companies like Our Story to iterate and refine the vision around one of the most basic usages of photo - recording the events of our lives.
Protect your blog IP with Sentinel.
We live during exciting times, when self-expression on-line and particularly blogging is on the rise. Protecting the copyright of our blogs is as important as protecting the copyright in print. Sentinel monitors the web and pin-points blog plagiarism. This service gives content creators the ability to see who is doing what with their content.
Syndicate all your media with SplashCast.
Splashcast allows users to remix photos, video and audio to create personalized channels. These channels are then available to play in any SplashCast player installed on a web site, blog or social network profile. Since you can choose what channels to play on your own SplashCast player, in essence, you can create your own web TV station.
Experience embedded 3D with Total
Total Immersion’s software enables the real-time integration of interactive 3D graphics into live video flows. In is quite impressive and certainly is the most fun DEMO video that I watched. The effects of embedding colorful 3D graphics into real-time video are quite stunning, and Total Immersion appears to completely master this field. Applications range from media/entertainment to toys. My description does not do this technology justice, you have to see it!
Annotate the Web with TrailFire.
TrailFire is an annotation technology that allows any user to attach notes to web pages. By naming the notes with the same name, this software allows users to create trails. Each trail represents an individual or collective navigation path, centered around a topic. TrailFire is implemented as a combination of browser extension and web site. All existing trails are available on trailfire.com and can be browsed by topic and searched. There have been a few implementations of social "sticky notes", but this one is taking the concept to a whole new level.
Rule and pirate WiFi like a pro with Whisher.
When was the last time 128-bit encryption stopped piracy? Certainly not when it comes to WiFi. Spanish company Whisher helps you to navigate the entire WiFi network, without worrying about what network you are connected to. They do this by allowing you to connect to the computers of users that already connected to the secure networks. Sounds weird? Absolutely! But are we loving this? No doubt.
Find people and companies with ZoomInfo.
ZoomInfo offers a vertical semantic search engine, focused on companies and people. It is an impressive technology that turns the web into a database of corporate and personal information; and organizes it in an intelligent way. Whether you'd like to research companies in a competitive space, or you'd like to learn more about the career of a particular person, ZoomInfo offers you great resources and tools.
So those were our top 10 picks from DEMO 07. What were your favorites from the show?