5 Potential Winners from DEMOfall 2007

Click the image to see the listOver the years new products launched at the DEMO show have gone on to become huge sensations that changed the way people used technology (some of the hits have included Tivo, the Palm Pilot and Salesforce.com). Of course, the hits at DEMO have been greatly outnumbered by the misses, as making a big splash at DEMO is hardly a guarantee of future success and there are many cases of products that generated lots of buzz at DEMO but failed to generate any enthusiasm in the real world. But what about this week's DEMOfall show? Out of the overwhelming crush of digital video and social networking products that dominated this week's show, are there any products that might actually prove useful in the real world? It's always hard to predict the future but looking at products that were shown at DEMOfall, I've picked out five that look like they might have the one characteristic that will lead to long-term success, actual usefulness. And one or two of these products might even turn out to be as influential as the TiVo or the Palm Pilot. So take a look at my list of Five Potential Winners from DEMOfall. Also, check back here at eWEEK's Emerging Technology site as I test out and review some of these products as they become available. And please comment here on these choices or other products from DEMOfall that you think are winners.

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Over the years new products launched at the DEMO show have gone on to become huge sensations that changed the way people used technology (some of the hits have included Tivo, the Palm Pilot and Salesforce.com).

Of course, the hits at DEMO have been greatly outnumbered by the misses, as making a big splash at DEMO is hardly a guarantee of future success and there are many cases of products that generated lots of buzz at DEMO but failed to generate any enthusiasm in the real world.

But what about this week's DEMOfall show? Out of the overwhelming crush of digital video and social networking products that dominated this week's show, are there any products that might actually prove useful in the real world?

It's always hard to predict the future but looking at products that were shown at DEMOfall, I've picked out five that look like they might have the one characteristic that will lead to long-term success, actual usefulness. And one or two of these products might even turn out to be as influential as the TiVo or the Palm Pilot.

So take a look at my list of Five Potential Winners from DEMOfall.

Also, check back here at eWEEK's Emerging Technology site as I test out and review some of these products as they become available. And please comment here on these choices or other products from DEMOfall that you think are winners.