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Tech Innovators Hit The Stage At Demo

A Linux-driven ice-cream machine and a phone that doubles as a personal trainer were just two of the cutting-edge wares unveiled at Demo 2006 Tuesday.

Dozens of companies took their turn on the stage at Demo 2006 in Phoenix Tuesday. They each had six short minutes to demonstrate the software, hardware, or services they hoped would propel them to the top of their respective markets.

Web collaboration, security, search, social networking and voice over Internet protocol ((VoIP) are some technologies users can expect from emerging technology companies this year.

During the last 18 months the industry has been building toward a crescendo that fulfills the applications talked about for the past several years, according to Chris Shipley, the conference's executive producer. "We adopt the tools that have allowed us to be most productive," she said. "We don't stop being productive at six in the evening."

Shipley said there is a wide overlap of products that appeals to both businesses and consumers. This gray area will only widen in the year ahead and business and personal computing will merge.

The first product introduced was MooBella LLC, an Ice Cream kiosk that dispenses a freshly made scoop of ice cream. The kiosk runs on a Linux operating system and can track inventory in real time and receive machine alerts wirelessly.

The database interacts with flavor, mix and flash freezes ingredients to produce the product. The PC-based system enables consumer selection and entertainment, operator interaction and diagnostic activity.

The wireless capabilities allow the system to communicate accurate sales data, track inventory in real-time, receive machine alerts, as well as send information back to MooBella. "Don’t confuse simplistic with simple," Shipley said. "It takes great technology to make a product simple."

Bones In Motion Inc. (BiM) introduced BiM Active, the first in a suite of applications that enables runners, walkers, and cyclists to wirelessly capture and monitor their activity in real-time on GPS-enabled Sprint and Nextel phones.

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