March 24, 2010, 12:47 AM — If you've ever had the singularly frustrating experience of trying to buy a small component - a PVC cap for example - at a hardware store only to have the clerk stand paging through an enormous catalog looking for the price, you'll understand why General Inspections's L'il Magic is one of my favorite products presented Tuesday at Demo Spring 10.
L'il Magic is a part identification system for loose components that streamlines the checkout process, provides inventory control, and allows for instant pricing updates. Each characteristic of a part is measured; for every part there is a template and for every template there is a UPC code. A secondary sensor can be added to detect component differences, like chrome plated versus stainless. The fun bit comes when you slide your part down the chute and the price magically appears on the display. No catalog flipping needed.
If nuts and bolts aren't your thing, don't despair. Here's a sampling of the many other noteworthy companies that debuted enterprise technologies at DEMO:
eXaudios Technologies; Ramat-Gan, Israel; www.exaudios.com
You may think your girlfriend doesn't sound terribly upset that you stepped on her cat, but MagInify knows better. The MagInify Call Center software from eXaudios encodes human voice into emotions that can be measured and translated. The display shows the text being spoken alongside the "emotional content." With real-time emotion detection potential problems can be intercepted -- without sending voice recordings outside of the organization. (MagInify won the $1 million dollar prize at DEMO.)
GreenNurture; Tempe, Arizona; www.greennurture.com
If you want your company to go green, you've got to motivate your employees to go green. GreenNurture will help you do just that. It's a SaaS application designed to engage employees in sustainable practices - generate green ideas, take green actions, earn rewards. At the admin level you track your savings and get detailed reports on levels of engagement and buy-in - down to the individual user.