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DEMOfall 05 - Day 2 - Morning Session

Earlier this morning the first DEMOfall presentations started.  Given that over 65 companies will be presenting over two short days the format used by DEMO is to provide only 6 minutes for each company to demo their product to the gathered audience and only 3 minutes for companies whose products are considered ‘no brainers’.

Of the 16 companies that presented this morning there were at least 7 that offered products or services that I found directly or indirectly relevant to our Treo.  Following in the order that they presented these companies are:

  • U3 (www.u3.com) has developed the Smart Drive which is a USB Drive (up to 1GB) that can be plugged into any third party PC to run U3 ‘smart applications’, manage computer settings and work on files which allow you to carry your ‘personal workspace’ with you without the need of your own laptop while on the go.  After speaking with a SanDisk representative he confirmed that SD cards incorporating the required controllers for Smart Drive to work should become available sometime early next year.  Surprisingly when I suggested that the company incorporate the controllers into an SD card reader instead of the SD card itself – thus allowing all existing SD cards already on the market to become Smart Drives on the spot – I was told that the company had not considered this angle.  At any rate, Smart Drive is yet again a good example of the opportunities that will open for our Treo as a computer in the future.
  • FilmLoop (www.filmloop.com) launched its Visual Communications Network consisting of ‘loops’ – a dynamic string of images that scroll across a user’s desktop.  After speaking with the founders and demoing SplashPhoto on my Treo I managed to get them sufficiently excited to evaluate the development of a Treo specific application.  I hope to work with them to make this happen in the coming months.
  • Hatsize Learning Corp (www.hatsize.com) delivers hands-on learning training experience for remote users.  Seeing the company’s demo I started wondering about how many Treonauts out there may welcome the opportunity to take part in online learning and training classes to expand their knowledge of how to optimize their Treo within both a personal and business environment.  I have see a few companies doing this kind of training today but have not yet found one that is 100% specific to the Treo.
  • H3.com (www.h3.com) is an innovative referral-hiring tool that uses cash rewards to unleash the power of your trusted network to identify relevant job candidates.  I would like to see their website optimized for mobile viewing so that you could participate in this paying referral network while on the go.  I particularly liked how the company has created a patented process to organize what has until now been a fairly loose and messy one.
  • Lenovo (www.lenovo.com) is the company that recently acquired IBM’s PC business.  They demoed their new ThinkPad Z60t and Z60m widescreen notebooks.  One of the things that I latched on to was the fact that it has a built-in SD card reader which will undoubtedly prove a plus - even if only a small one – for any Treonaut.  My Sony VAIO for example has a built-in MemoryStick PRO reader which I never use.
  • Streamload (www.streamload.com) offers a complete online media center enabling consumers to centrally manage, share and access their full-quality personal digital entertainment content from any internet-connected device.  More importantly, I was delighted to hear from one of the company’s founders that they will soon begin offering server-based re-encoding of any video files that you may have so that you can optimize it for playback on your Treo for example.  There’s a lot more to develop here and again I will be working closely with them to see their offering adapted for use with our Treo.
  • Callpod (www.callpod.com) has designed and patented a conference technology for cell phones, PDA’s, MP3 players and notebook computers.  For example, the company’s demo consisted of one mobile phone simultaneously conferencing three different Bluetooth headset on one call.  So, when you place or receive a phoen call you can patch in up to 7 other participants on their earpieces – the call is full duplex and crystal clear unlike traditional speakerphones.
  • UniPrivacy (www.uniprivacy.com) creates and markets subscription privacy services for individuals.  If you’ve ever received unwanted callers on your Treo and have wondered “How the hell did these people get my number?” or worse are concerned about identity theft than you will undoubtedly like to check this company out.

If you explore these companies further please let me know which one you feel would definitely add value to your Treo.

I will follow-up with the DEMOfall afternoon session later today.

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Posted by Andrew on September 20, 2005 at 05:17 PM

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by james | Sep 21, 2005 11:33:25 AM

aaahhhhh whats phoen call???? hehehe

Callpod (www.callpod.com) has designed and patented a conference technology for cell phones, PDA’s, MP3 players and notebook computers. For example, the company’s demo consisted of one mobile phone simultaneously conferencing three different Bluetooth headset on one call. So, when you place or receive a {phoen call} you can patch in up to 7 other participants on their earpieces – the call is full duplex and crystal clear unlike traditional speakerphones.

by Andrew | Sep 21, 2005 12:29:38 PM

James - you can tell that I was in a bit of a hurry writing this post which was riddled with spelling mistakes... ;-) I'll correct these shortly.

Cheers, A.

by mikey | Sep 22, 2005 9:15:04 PM


by Andrew | Sep 22, 2005 9:19:38 PM

Mikey - this might be due to the fact that Agendus is a complex application that requires significant time to evaluate combined with a whole range of other developments in the Treo economy... Having said this, I plan to evaluate and review it in the coming weeks.

Cheers, A.

by Quique | Sep 25, 2005 1:17:44 AM


I read very enthusiastically your post on the morning music. CAn you advise on how you get the Real Player to play via the back speaker. I ahve found no way to enable the speaker with it. Only via headphones...thanks for your input.

by Jim Segneri | May 7, 2007 1:53:28 PM

Has anyone had any experience or resource for treo training videos or presentations?/ I have 1400 users migrating from 650 to 750 and am looking for a training resource ... thanks

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