New Gadgets and Inventions at the Demo Showcase

By Edward C. Baig

The 15th annual Demo conference in Scottsdale, AZ, featured lots of great inventions such as the Intellifit: a booth that scans your body and measures you for clothing. Demo has served as the launching pad for the Palm Pilot, Java and TiVo. This time, around 73 companies, mostly upstarts, were selected as demonstrators. Among the most interesting, MDA of Canada unveiled two breakthroughs: a three-dimensional “Ice Camera” used to determine when to de-ice a plane, and a 3D Instant Scene Modeler that can create three-dimensional images and serve such diverse purposes as mining, architecture, crime solving — and as background for 3D video games.

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