Laptops, Netbooks, and iPad's! Oh my!
I had the opportunity to attend a really interesting conference this week, Launch 2011. Over forty, never before seen, technology companies made their debut and competed for prizes and capital. I kept making the joke that after seeing all of these new products, it was going to take a week to get a chance to play with all of them. Before I dive in though, I wanted to share a few of my favorites that I know I will be using:
Disconnect is “a browser extension that stops major third parties and search engines from tracking whatweb pages you go to and searches you do.” I already installed disconnect, and unlike other similar plugins, it is is very discrete and easy to disable.
YouEye – As a web designer, I have been taught to imagine how the human eye scans, and processes, the information on a webpage. Perfecting the art of putting the right information in the right place is a delicate process. YouEye provides a user testing platform with webcam eye tracking! Formerly, this process required a workstation equipped with camera’s and specialized software. Definitely a resource for the big boys (i.e. the Googles, E-Bays, and Amazons) and never something that myself, a bootstrapped developer, could ever consider. Thanks YouEye, can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Music and technology are the two enduring passions in my life, so I was an instant fan of these guys. Gobbler provides a “DropBox like” file backup system designed specifically for musicians. Anyone who has even diddled with DAWs knows what I hassle file management can be. Also, loosing a drive can be a devastating event for anyone, but even more so for an artist loosing his original works. Gobbler solves this problem, and with lossless compression and some other nifty tricks, they do it efficiently.
Apps are in. There is no doubt about it. I have had several people approach me over the last several months expressing their interest to build an app. Everyone one has an idea, now everyone can create a mobile app regardless of their coding experience. Cabana is a web-based WSIWYG app development platform. It is still in beta at this point, but when this bad-boy is ready it is going be a head turner.
Mougg provides could based storage for music files. By uploading your music library to Mougg, one can access their tunes from any where from any device. Also, I specifically asked the guys if I could stream the same playlist on multiple players (effectively a poor-mans house-wide music system) and they said it could! I haven’t tested Mougg yet, but if it delivers on their claim I will certainly be using this one.
Honerable Mention: Pen.io – When I saw the presentation on Pen.io I nearly fell out of my seat. Pen.io provides the exact same functionality as my website Lettur.com, simple web publishing without an account. I have to give credit to the creator, Anthony Feint, he really nailed the UI and has a few features that I never thought of. I also have to admit that seeing the positive feedback on Pen.io has validated the idea and inspired me to continue work on the project. So, in the spirit of friendly competition, g’luck Tony.