DEMO 08 was a blur of excitement and adrenaline as 77 companies showcased their stuff in front of the tech world. I pulled together roundups for Day 1 and Day 2. Now I want to look back and express the launches that I found the most interesting. Please keep in mind that there might be some great products that I left off this list because I could not relate to them as well as the ones on the list. If you attended DEMO 08 please drop a comment below and let me know which launches were keen on.
BitGravity - Crystal clear image quality in online video might have just become a reality with this startup. I am extremely impressed with what BitGravity can do for online video. They broadcast the DEMO08 show live on the demo site and it was flawless. I think they one to watch in 2008 and beyond.
Sprout - The SproutBuilder toolkits empowers anyone to create interactive Flash widgets in a matter of minutes.
TubeMogul - If you are producing online video you have got to checkout TubeMogul as they help to get your videos distributed across all the big video content sites. They also offer video metrics which could help you to sell in video advertisements.
Movial Social Communicator - Takes your mobile phone contact list and turning it into a one click multi-modal social sharing and discovery product. Is this the future of instant messaging? It certainly paints a very compelling picture.
LiquidTalk - Empowers anyone with a Blackberry or iPhone to be able to stay connected with the office via video and audio messages.
Iterasi - Allows anyone to keep tabs on changes on a particular Website via a handy browser plugin and could be helpful to webmasters or for competitive analysis purposes.
SpeakLike - This product breaks down communication barriers by translating instant messages real-time. It could become a very useful tool in our global economy.
Leapfrog TAG Reading System - This is an innovative learning tool for kids and it made me want to immediately try it out.
Toktumi pronounced "Talk to me" - Makes it easy for any small business to setup a professional phone network. I did not get a chance to swing by their booth but would love to snag one of their network adapters and give it a whirl.
Ribbit - As an online phone company which enables you to use your mobile phone via the Web. It also offers widgets which can be added to you startpage thus putting your mobile contacts in constant view and at your fingertips.
iVideoSongs - Offering downloadable music lessons that you can own. For music lovers like myself this could be a great way to learn how to play an instrument or specific song right from the artists themselves.
blist - Creating a custom database without knowing anything about databases just got a lot easier. The visual representations of a database make a complex thing very easy.
LiveScribe - Offers a smart-pen gadget that records your pen strokes and audio and can save up to 5 years worth of data for recall via search. Pens might have just gotten a second life with this new gadget.
Redux - People discovery search is hot and I think Redux is positioned well to leverage algorithms to better connect people.
Rove Mobile - PCMobilizer enabling access to EVERYTHING on your computer from your mobile phone. I am on the go all the time so I like the capabilities to be able to everything from my mobile phone.
Hubdub - A Digg-like news aggregator with predictive markets puts a new spin on creating reoccurring interest on a particular story.
Seesmic - A video twitter product has already opened its API and the dev community is responding with some cool creations. Seesmic needs to improve its video quality but this early stage startup is moving in the right direction in online video innovation.
Huddle.net - Turns your Facebook console into a collaboration tool similar to 37signals' Basecamp.
Squidcast - Makes it possible to send large high quality video files and maintain the video quality. I could use this right away.Now I just need to get a beta account.
Greenplug - Of course the sound of a universal plug for all my gadgets would be wonderful. However, I am a little skeptical as to if the masses will buy in. It is an interesting prospect nonetheless.
Delver - Taps your social graph to provide relevant social search results. This is a very interesting approach and I cannot way to give it a try to see how helpful the result sets are.
Silobreaker - An innovative trend analysis site with lots of visual goodies to dig deeper.
Circos.com - A semetic Web search for local information and reviews. I could see myself using this search immediately to find new restaurants and hotels just how I describe them - in my own words.
Jodange - Now you can search on what people think, or their public opinions that is. There is nothing else like it on the Web.
Nirvanix - Though online storage is not the sexiest web business it is still an service that is needed by many. Nirvanix offers the backend to power a number of applications via its open APIs. If you looking to build an online product that requires some fast storage you might want to look to Nirvanix.
Review2Buy - Order items and comparison shop via SMS while on the go.
Outside of the flow of launches I also got to talk with the myvu team which launched its viewing goggles at CES. I tried them out and while I felt a little and probably looked silly I actually really liked the viewing capabilities that they offer.