Perhaps the biggest splash came from Motorola's mobile music iRadio service, which won't go on sale until the fall. The service enables users to play music streamed from the Internet or stored locally on cell phones and computers; it will cost about $5 a month, according to Motorola marketing director David Ulmer. In addition to a new Motorola cell phone, iRadio requires purchase of a $75 Bluetooth wireless car-stereo adapter, a small device that sends music files over the air from phones to car stereos. Software in the new handsets will let users pause and replay live radio programs, Ulmer said.
Also intriguing was a glass-enclosed scanning booth the size of a closet, being offered to retailers in an attempt to harness the power of computers to make clothes fit better. The booth scans and measures people's fully clothed bodies using low-power radio waves, gathering data in order to recommend clothing brands and styles that fit better. Its maker, Intellifit Corp. of Philadelphia, is partnering with apparel makers and retailers to gather the required data about clothing styles.
The Post's Leslie Walker sent back a photo essay from the DEMO conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Check out views of Motorola's new iRadio, the Intellifit body measuring device and more.
Transcript: DEMO executive producer Chris Shipley joined Leslie Walker for a one-hour discussion of the top trends and innovations on display at this year's conference.
Another item could prove hot with gamers -- the Falcon, a contraption from Novint Technologies that adds a greater sense of touch to computer games. The devices, going on sale later this year at under $100, use special technology to let players feel objects they are manipulating on screen, such as bouncing basketballs.
A few joysticks and other devices already on the market give a slight sense of touch through "force feedback" techniques, but Novint attempts to make it more realistic by adding more dimensions -- providing a sense of weight, for example, to basketballs in a gamer's hands, or a shifting sensation to convey height and depth.
More than a few of the new products on display bore whimsical names. Perhaps some entrepreneurs really believe they are creating the next eBay, Yahoo or Google -- three of the best known Internet companies with quirky names that evolved into brands so powerful that they are often used as verbs today.
With that in mind, let's play a little game. Your assignment is to match the product descriptions supplied below with the 10 product names listed. All except one are real Internet services or software introduced at the DEMO conference. To rack up bonus points (this should be the easy part) guess which one exists only in my technology-stretched imagination.
The names: Bubbler, Jigsaw, Imeem, Teleo, Jotspot, Derango, Pluck, Jambo, Aurora and Browster.
Now match them with these product descriptions (see answers below):
1. An online marketplace where people buy, sell and swap business contacts, using special points as trading currency.
2. A wireless social service that uses cell phones and the global positioning system to introduce strangers, by matching each person's interest profile with those of others who happen to be nearby.