Best of Show Awards

I learnt that there was a show of 6 different products that had won the Macworld Demo Best of Show awards from 11 – 12. So 15 minutes to 11:00 my Dad and I walked to the line. After a delay we got into the auditorium at 11:05. We sat down 2 rows of seats away from the front. But the show only started at 11:15. In the beginning of the show, Macworld Editorial Director, Jason Snell welcomed the crowd and gave a quick overview of the show. Next Matt Marshall, editor and CEO of Venture Beat and producer of DEMO, came up talked about how DEMO helps small technologies come up into the big digital world.

Following companies gave their demo:

1. Carina Software: They demoed their application Sky Voyager that had information on the locations of terrestrial objects. And using the iPhones GPS the app could tell you which stars or planets were right above you. If you have a 3GS the app would move accordingly to the direction your facing. You could pick a star, planet, or constellation and the app would tell you which way to move to see it. And if you have the SkyFi wireless adapter connected to your telescope you can use the iPhone as a remote. Sky Voyager is $14.99.

2. TenOne Design: Inklet lets you use your MacBook’s multi-touch track pad as a graphics or drawing tablet. You can resize the window by pinch/zoom and pan with two fingers. Inklet is $25, which you can buy in the website. You can also buy the Pogo Stylus (shorter) or Pogo Sketch (longer) to use as a drawing pen, for $15. This is the product I’ve always wanted.

3. Microvision: They showed off their Picop SHOW-WX Laser Projector. It uses Red, Green, and Blue lasers for projection. The projector is made for mobile devices such as the iPods, Cameras, portable game consoles, cell phones, DVD players, and laptops. But on iPods and iPhones it only works with videos and photos. And the SHOW-WX does not have an audio system. Pricing started from $499.

4. Canson’s Papershow: It is a presentation tool. You print your presentation on special blue paper (provided in kit). Then you copy the presentation onto to the USB Bluetooth adapter and connect the adapter to computer or projector your using. You then use the provided pen to write notes on the paper. The notes you write down show up on the screen on real time. You can switch line thickness, color, and other functions. The pen has a special camera that follows miniscule dots on the special paper and sends the info on real time to the adapter and shows up on the screen.

5. Quickoffice Connect: This was a Suite App for the iPhone. Quickoffice lets you open and edit documents right on the iPhone. You can import the files from your email, Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs, Mobile Me, and Mobile Me Public. There is a full spreadsheet, presentation, and text document suite built in to edit the documents. Quickoffice Connect is free.

6. SachManya: SachManya came out with Yapper App Maker. Yapper lets you create an App based on RSS feeds. You design it and then SachManya will build it for you. You can decide whether you want it for the iPhone, Android Store, or especially for the iPad. Each costs $99 and an extra $50 for Push notification. SachManya will do all the work and deploy it onto the App Store for you.

In my next post, I will be posting some pictures and videos.

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