Tor Demo Camp4 was a great success with 150 signed up folks – and no doubt a few walkin’s ’cause it was full. The Demos was a great mix of differnet stuff, but all intesrting. The demo gods were kind (just as long a you didn’t want to use iPhoto!). The space at MaRs was very nice.
- SemaCode, a way to allow 2-d encoding of url’s to be read by camerahphones. I blogged about this on the old blog 2 years ago under QRCode, but is goood to see it’s still around, a camerahpone become almost common, and see this from the semacode designer himself, Simon Woodside.
- Then there was ‘Hacking of Disposable Digital Cameras for Fun and Cheap Electrical Shocks’. I’d hear about this, but it’s fun to see it live. It’s like watching a ProtoType of Cory Doctorow‘s story
Themepunks. THanks Randy.
- The Visual Search software by Idee was slick. I think the best part was when Leila Boujnane forgot to clear the sun flower picture, and typed “faces”, and it found all the sunny faces. It was a nice, unscripted(?) moment. I would be interesting to see this Mashed up with Flickr
- questionVille.com, soon to be open, is a Social Networking take on Answers.com (Questions and Answers), will various “Digg” like features (Voting), and very Ajax. It has potential. I don’t – yet- know what it was built with.
- Outmailer is an mailing programing written in the lastest and greatest Ruby on Rails. (And I currently am getting a lot of experience with mailing) . Although it does not yet have all the features I might want, it looks very smooth and painless to use. And they are getting a huge education in Rails! Lucky them.
- tag-Engine is a scripted templating engine built on top of PHP5 – wait a minute: a template engine on top of a template engine? Ok, the “PHP template assembly glue engine” looks to do try and make templating which is both simpler in syntax and at a higher level of abstration. (aiming at the excel crowd?) And it is look quite polished. Josh has picked a tough itch to scratch.
I’ll try to write up more when time, sleep wife/life allow.
They all had a lot of passion about what they were doing, and I’m not sure I would be able to Demo in front of 150 to 250 of my peers, or anyone for that matter.
Pirate Radio has some good sugestions for all.