Cool stuff at DEMO 2001

By Linda Musthaler, Network World |  Hardware

Speaking of bandwagons, have you started toting a PDA yet? If so, do you find it as useful as you had hoped it would be? Maybe you should test-drive e-sistant from Action Engine. Due to be released this spring, e-sistant acts like a remote control for the Web, with a simple interface that lets users purchase products and services via the Web with no browsing or searching. Action Engine says e-sistant will make you much more productive with your PDA. According to the company, the device learns your preferences over time, making it even easier to conduct common tasks. Among the things you can do are: make restaurant reservations; get real time weather reports; look up movie times and locations; access current traffic information; view news specific to your location; and check up-to-the-minute flight status.

E-sistant is in its beta-test phrase right now, and you can join the test if you have a Palm Pilot, Compaq iPAQ, or Hewlett Packard Jornada handheld ccomputer.

Dozens of other useful and exciting products and technologies were on display at DEMO 2001. And if the DEMO track record for picking winners holds true, we’ll be seeing many of these products in the channel soon.

DEMO is part of the ongoing IDG Executive Forums, and IDG is the parent company of Network World.

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