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BlueTrain Mobile & Capture Code Win “Most Exciting Mobile Startup” at MIT Museum Showcase

Thank you to the almost 600 people who came out to Monday night’s 2nd Annual Mobile Startup Showcase at the MIT Museum. The energy was fantastic – we are thrilled that we could provide the community with a glimpse into the most exciting mobile advances in the Boston area.

Congratulations to the winners of the Audience Choice for Best Mobile Startup: BlueTrain Mobile and CaptureCode.

Did you miss the event or need help remembering which companies you met at the event? Below is a list of all the exhibitors and links to their websites.

Airtime-Manager

the arugula

BlueTrain Mobile

Brass Monkey

BrewGene

CaptureCode

ChatTrack

Coloci

Dolnk Animation & Drawing

EverTrue

EveryFit

iJukebox

Jnctns

KangoGift

MobiFlex

Modo Labs

Parkme

Plug

Rocketmind

Socrative

Speedbump

Spot

Tap ‘n Tap

Tapatalk

TapWalk

The Tap Lab

TourSphere

TweetsByPhone.com

Unbound Commerce

VoKnow

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of this event:

 

May 9: Mobile Startups Showcase at the MIT Museum

Mobile Monday Boston is coming back to the MIT Museum for a night of mobile exhibitions, drinks, snacks, and networking on May 9th.  We’ll have dozens of mobile demo booths and multiple cash bars within the museum exhibit halls.  Come see the coolest mobile companies and meet new people.

Register now.

If you are an early stage mobile company and want to exhibit at this event, you can request a free booth here.

Not an early stage mobile company but want to get a booth? Consider sponsoring this event! We are looking for sponsors at a number of different levels. Please contact us to learn more:learn@momoboston.com

Date:  May 9th, 2011 — 6.30pm to 9:00pm

Location: MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA (Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge)

Transportation: Red Line Kendall Square.  Parking info.

Cost: FREE!

Questions? Email us: learn@momoboston.com

 

This event is co-sponsored by the MIT Mobile Club:

Recap of MobileCamp Boston 2011

Thanks to everyone who made MobileCamp Boston 2011 such a success! Approximately 600 people participated in this year’s camp, and we had about 30 unique content-rich sessions. Thanks especially to our following partners:
Many of the presenters have agreed to share their presentations online. Check them out here:

Mobile App FrameworksSamuel Chow, Co-Founder of MobyFab / Fred Spencer, Professional Services Manager at Appcelerator / Jesse Liberty, Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Developer Guidance / Ram Iyengar, Telecom Systems Management Program, Northeastern University Steven Kursh, Executive Professor of Finance and Insurance at Northeastern University

Overview of the Current US Mobile Ecosystem: Tools and opportunities Elio Maggini, Principal Software Engineer at Cengage Learning

Hybrid App Development for MobileStephen Bourdeau, Tech Lead for Mobile Engineering at TripAdvisor

HTML5 for MobileMatt Gross, Founder of Mobile Monday Boston / Imram Malek, Games at Mocospace / Al MacDonald, Co-Founder of Bocoup /Pascal Rettig, Owner of Cykod

Designing for Thumbs and FingersGreg Raiz, Founder of Raizlabs

Machine To Machine (M2M) Basics for remotely monitoring and controlling devicesThomas Classen, North America Business Development Manager at Wyless

Mobile Commerce: Can technologies deliver itRamesh Kumar, Managing Partner, ZakiPoint
Mobile App PiracyMuthu Arumugam & Siva Subramanian, MTIKS
Medical App DevelopmentHarsha Jattani, Astute BioSolutions


Questions? Contact Elana at elana@momoboston.com

Confirmed Speakers and Topics for MobileCamp Boston 2011

MobileCamp Boston 2011 is a joint program with:

and is made possible by the generous support of:

With 700 people registered for this year’s MobileCamp Boston, we are hard at work to make sure everyone there will be a diverse range of quality programming. This year attendees can choose from one of 14  scheduled sessions, or propose/lead/participate in one of 20 unscheduled sessions.

Here’s a preview of the confirmed sessions and presenters. Don’t forget to bring your ideas for the unscheduled sessions!

PROGRAMMING (Full descriptions below)

The Intersection of Sharing Code and Creating User Interfaces with Android – Mike Burns, Web Developer at ThoughtBot (10AM)

Introduction to Qt – Tej Shah and Thomas Dickes, Qt Software Engineer & Trainer at Integrated Computer Solutions (10AM)

Mobile App Frameworks – Samuel Chow, Co-Founder of MobyFab / Fred Spencer, Professional Services Manager at Appcelerator / Jesse Liberty, Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Developer Guidance / Ram Iyengar, Telecom Systems Management Program, College of Engineering, Northeastern University / Steven Kursh, Executive Professor of Finance and Insurance at Northeastern University (11AM)

Hybrid App Development for Mobile – Stephen Bourdeau, Tech Lead for Mobile Engineering at TripAdvisor (1PM)

HTML5 for Mobile – Matt Gross, Founder of MobileMondays Boston / Imram Malek, Games at Mocospace / Al MacDonald, Co-Founder of Bocoup /Pascal Rettig, Owner of Cykod (1PM)

Designing for Thumbs and Fingers – Greg Raiz, Founder of Raiz Labs (2PM)


MARKETING (Full descriptions below)

Sales Hacking: Innovation Offline – Jesse Waites, Founder and CEO of Beacon Hill Apps (10AM)

In-app Ad Monetization – Dave Yonamine, Director of Marketing at MobilityWare (11AM)

Leveraging Advertising Opportunities in Mobile – Adam Compain, Google-Boston’s Mobile Specialist (2PM)

Leveraging Existing Social Networks to make a Rich Network for your Mobile App – Saad Fazil, Senior Product Manager at Verizon Wireless (3PM)

Machine To Machine (M2M) Basics for remotely monitoring and controlling devices – Thomas Classen, North America Business Development Manager at Wyless (3PM)

BUSINESS (Full descriptions below)

Overview of App Space Using Real-time Mobile App Data – Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics (10AM)

Overview of the Current US Mobile Ecosystem: Tools and opportunities – Elio Maggini, Principal Software Engineer at Cengage Learning (11AM)

Student Mobile Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities – Matt Ricketson, Founder of Moglo / Neil Hannah, CEO of extraTKT / Kayvan Zainabadi, CEO & Co-founder of InstantNightlife / Jason Evanish, Founder of Greenhorn Connect (1PM)

The Impossible Apple App Store: Winning and Staying on Top – Jason Petralia, Product Manager at Raizlabs (1PM)

DESCRIPTIONS

Hybrid App Development for MobileThe concept behind hybrid apps is to re-use mobile website based content with a WebView and extend the functionality to include native features and interactions.  This allows you to have shorter development time with rapid web development iterations outside of the normal submission and approval process you see on some native platforms while still leveraging native features such as GPS, camera, file upload, etc.  The presentation will also cover some technical details and approaches for communication between the WebView (which tends to be a little black box) and the native app.

Mobile App FrameworksThe purpose of the session is to explore useful technologies and software systems that developers should be looking at. The panelists have expertise in Three20, PhoneGap Titanium, and a number of other frameworks. Steve Kursh PhD, Professor at Northeastern, will moderate this content-rich session.

Introduction to QtQt is a cross-platform application  and UI framework used by hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide looking to create amazing user experiences  on Windows, Mac, Linux/X11, embedded Linux, Windows CE , Windows Mobile, Symbian  and Maemo devices. Qt is used by thousands of companies in a multitude of leading industries enabling them to develop software and devices used by hundreds of millions of people every day. Learn more with these Qt Software Engineers from Integrated Computer Solutions.

Designing for Thumbs and FingersThis talk will cover a number of topics around mobile user interface design and the challenges for designing for a small screen. The talk will cover techniques, design patterns, differences from traditional web or desktop design and the various challenges for different phone and tablet platforms. The talk will also cover specifics on iPhone and iPad techniques. Topics include Mobile yesterday vs. Today, Unique challenges of Mobile, Widgets and Techniques, Mobile Wireframing, Mobile Usability, Designing for the Mobile Web.

HTML5 for Mobile – Join some of Boston’s HTML5 experts for a discussion of current and future trends in HTML5 on mobile.  We’ll discuss which mobile browsers support HTML5, what graphic and native functionality is supported, and whether long-term trends indicate that it will become a universal platform for mobile development.

The Intersection of Sharing Code and Creating User Interfaces with AndroidThe Android user interface sees the most development, customization, and hatred. We are often left to create components ourselves, take guesses at consistent experiences, and debug XML. Mike Burns leads a discussion on sharing code, UI consistency vs branding, and debugging and extending the view infrastructure.

Sales Hacking: Innovation OfflineIn this session I will teach developers how to become better marketers using clever techniques I have developed in the years I have been selling apps on the App Store. Trust me: You won’t find these original tips anywhere else.

In-App Ad Monetization

Mobile Marketing Today: Search, Display and Apps – Adam Compain, Google-Boston’s Mobile Specialist, will talk about the explosive growth in mobile usage, consumer trends and share how marketers are leveraging the mobile industry’s leading advertising products to reach and engage their audience.

Leveraging Existing Social Networks to make a Rich Network for your Mobile App This is a very relevant topic for anyone writing a mobile app that involves network effect. There are many challenges involved, and this session could make an entrepreneur’s life easier. What possibilities are there? What kind of access/API’s do these networks (Facebook, Twitter for example) provide? What is and is not possible? We will discuss recommended strategies and optimizing performance.

Machine To Machine (M2M) Basics for remotely monitoring and controlling devices – Session will cover a basic overview of the various components and pieces needed to build a scalable M2M solution.  Topics include: hardware/modems, carriers/US & International data charges, service management  and a view of the business opportunities that exist.  Leader is a seasoned marketer that has been in the M2M market for the past 6 years. Currently North America Business Development manager for Wyless. Wyless is a Global Network Enabler ( GNE ). Our Managed Services enable companies to securely and reliably communicate with their remote and mobile devices in over 120 countries, in partnership with Tier 1, Mobile Operators. They include Open Connectivity, an Intelligent Network, our unique Open Platform and professional services. These Managed Services combine to provide real-time visibility, enhanced control and flexibility for wireless connections.

Student Mobile Entrepreneurs: Challenges and OpportunitiesHear from current students and recent graduates about their experiences building mobile apps and starting subsequent companies while in school in the Boston area. What did they learn during the process? Where are their apps and companies now? What advice can they share now that they’ve been through it? Panelists represent Boston College, Northeastern, and MIT. The panel will be moderated by Jason Evanish, Founder of Greenhorn Connect, Boston’s entrepreneur hub for resources, events and organizations.

Overview of the Current US Mobile Ecosystem: Tools and opportunitiesThis presentation will cover current carriers in the US, basic handset numbers, and raw dollar amounts – historical and projected for 3rd party mobile services. Based on this data, Elio will give an overview of the pro/cons of tools available for development and suggestions of rough areas for development exploration.

Overview of App Space Using Real-time Mobile App DataJoin Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics, for a discussion and presentation on the mobile app space using data that Localytics has gathered from the few thousand apps that they are integrated with. How can you use this data to improve the apps that you are building?

The Impossible Apple App Store: Winning and Staying on Top – This session will comprise mostly on realistic approaches to driving downloads to your application in an ever increasing competitive environment. Topics include: App Store (iOS) Recap and Current State, 3 Strategies that drive downloads and why they may or may not work for your application, The myth of the spike and the long tai,  Marketing your application – do’s and don’ts, The future of apps and the app store. The speaker, Jason Petralia, has been creating and shipping apps since the early days of the app store.

Questions? Contact Elana at elana@momoboston.com.

Google Event Video

Monday August 16, 2010 Mobile Monday hosted an event at the Google offices in Cambridge for an evening of networking and presentations from  companies discussing Android trends and developments within mobile technology. Guest speakers included:

Punit Shah, Zazu demo
Max Metral, GetFig demo
Greg Raiz, RueLaLa demo by RaizLabs
Rich Minor, Google Ventures
Steve Vinter, Google
Adam Compain, Google

UK and Boston Startups Present at March’s Mobile Monday Boston

March’s Mobile Monday Boston (#momobo) featured nine startups from both the Boston area and the UK, as UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) promoted its Mobile Technologies Mission to Boston campaign. The firms that presented included:

Fluent Mobile

Micah Adler, CEO led off by positioning UK-based Fluent Mobile as a firm focusing on app store optimization (ASO), marketing mobile apps to ensure they’re discovered within the app store, with interaction between the app store, search and discovery, and mobile advertising.  The company’s also developed its own app, Fluent News, to aggregate your news feeds.

Textaurant

Joshua Bob, founder and President of Boston-based Textaurant described the startup as an application provider focused on reducing your wait time at upscale casual restaurants, and eliminating the need for restaurants to use expensive pager-based systems. Their waiting list management solution extends table occupancy rates, and the firm hopes to tap into the more than 140,000 upscale casual restaurants in the US such as Chili’s and Olive Garden.

i-Migo

UK-based i-Migo, led by Saban Demirbasa, is a mobile security solution for mobile devices. Utilizing the Bluetooth 2.0 stack with EDR, i-Migo creates an audible alarm if you become separated from your mobile device within a certain range. The monitoring device is located on the person, can back up personal information on your mobile device, and monitors the location it over the air (OTA). If you mobile phone or laptop is out of range, it creates an audible alarm on the device, can put the device into lock down mode, and can send an OTA signal to the service provider as well to identify the theft.

Apollo Mobile

Rolfe Swinton, co-founder of UK-based Apollo Mobile presenting the firm’s Re4ctor mobile application platform that focuses on unlocking the potential of the 4.5 billion mobile phones around the world, 65% of which are not smartphones, but basic feature phones with web browsers. Apollo Mobile offers services such as data analytics, mobile commerce and payments, social media, video and audio synchronization, and targeted advertising to a full range of feature and basic mobile phones.

hello vino

Rick Breslin, CEO of Boston-based hello vino presented his Boston-area firm as a mobile wine recommendation engine for both consumers and wine industry establishments. The application’s  available on iPhone, other smartphones, and as a text-based app for feature phones, and includes 4 million brand recommendations for wine and food pairings. It also works with wineries to get their varietals discovered by consumers.

Celtra

According to Mihael Mikek, CEO, Celtra’s focus is on improving the mobile advertising experience going forward, to make it more immersive, interactive, and fun! It has developed a mobile marketing platform behind the ad itself, and standards-based, cross-play, media-rich, native-capable, preloaded, and easy to create and reliable cross-platform mobile advertising content. Celtra supports iPhone and Android, and soon BlackBerry smartphones.

Tattu Mobile

Andy Press, COO of UK-based Tattu positioned its mobile division as a provider of mobile hardware solutions, providing products for mobile operators and major brands for over five years. He specifically highlighted the firm’s line of mobile phones with solar charging capabilities for emerging markets in Africa and the Caribbean, its mobile health solutions, and Android-based tablets.

Fluid Pixel

Stuart Varrall, Director at Fluid Pixel described the UK startup is a company focusing on mobile games and application development, coming from a rich history of work on gaming consoles. The firm specializes in working with brands that don’t have an in-house iPhone development team. Fluid Pixel’s also done work with Adobe on its Flash-based Animentals viral pets game that is cross-platform (web, mobile, desktop), and with IGT to develop its Cleopatra Million 21 game.

USTWO

Julian Ehrhardt, described London and Malmo, Sweden-based USTWO as a user interface design agency that can take the user experience from concept to design to implementation. The company works across a wide variety of mobile device platforms including mobile phones, digital cameras, sat nav, digital photo frames, in-car entertainment, laptops, mobile TV, and M-health applications.

Mobile Monday Boston had a very rich set of companies this month, to compare and contrast some of the development work being done on both sides of the Atlantic, and to highlight the work of UK Trade and Investment. Additional commentary on the evening’s presenters can be found at NewDigitalCafé.

Boston’s Mobile Investment Report 2009

Today, Mobile Monday Boston published a report evaluating the 100 Massachusetts mobile and wireless companies that saw activity in venture capital funding and acquisitions in 2009. The data reveals that mobile has now been billion-dollar a year sector in Massachusetts for the last two years, despite recent drops in venture funding fueled by the current economic climate. Read the report here:

UK vs. US Mobile Demos

On Monday, March 8, Mobile Monday Boston and our generous sponsor UK Trade and Investment are hosting a demo night for the hottest mobile companies from the UK and Boston. It will be a fun event where you’ll get to interact with some cool companies in mobile you might not otherwise get to meet.

Think of how much fun we’ll have coming up with amusing cultural differences! Will I embarrassingly imitate an English accent on stage? You’ll just have to come to find out.

Registration is required.

Monday, March 8
Doors at 6:30, event starts at 7:00pm
Intercontinental Hotel Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave.

UK Companies

Apollo Mobile
Apollo has developed a cutting-edge mobile content management platform RE4CTOR which uniquely enables real-time user interaction with most types of content (audio, video text and image).

Tattu Mobile
Tattu creates, develops, manufactures, and supplies niche consumer electronic products.

i-migo
Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled phone with SyncML, i-migo is a portable device which backs up all data on the phone, and notifies the user if their phone goes out of a 10m range of the i-migo. This prevents the phone being left unattended and at risk of being lost or stolen.

Rummble
Rummble makes it easy to find people and places nearby you’ll love. Rummbles enables users to find personalized recommendations for a location very quickly. Instead of a traditional search, Rummble uses an algorithm that creates a personal ‘trust network’ for each user by calculating who they trust for different types of content.

ustwo
ustwo is a creative design studio based in London and Malmo specialising in pioneering graphical user interfaces that drive the services and products of some of the world’s leading brands.

Boston Companies

Textaurant
Textaurant aims to create a dialogue between restaurants and patrons through the use of technology. Beginning with text messages that update patrons waiting for a table, and extending both before and after the meal, Textaurant connects restaurants with their customers for a more satisfying experience.

Fluent Mobile
Fluent Mobile, a pioneer in mobile content organization and delivery, develops applications that bring the speed, reliability and convenience of desktop Web browsing to handheld devices. The creators of Fluent News.

Celtra
Celtra’s “software-as-a-service” provides a web-based, easy-to-use, on-demand platform for integrated mobile marketing. Celtra gives clients a wide range of creative flexibility, improved mobile distribution, and world-class optimization and analytics tools. Celtra offers managed services in addition to their SaaS platform for agencies and brands that need a deeper contribution for their mobile marketing campaigns.

BarMax
A start-up company bringing bar exam prep to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Creators of the famous $1k iPhone app.

Hello Vino
Available on any mobile device, Hello Vino is a free wine pairing and recommendation guide that assists the beginner wine consumer with advice in the store or restaurant. Using a simple, step-by-step question and answer process, Hello Vino delivers wine recommendations based on your meal, an occasion, favorite tastes and flavors, or a country and region. Hello Vino will provide a specific brand recommendation for the perfect bottle of wine – anywhere, anytime. www.hellovino.com

Apple’s iPad Will Push Multiple Usage Models

It is quite clear that many people have either a love or hate relationship with the Apple. The Cupertino, California-based brand announced its new iPad tablet device earlier today, and I think there are more lovers than haters at the moment.

It is sleek, it is stylish, it has the expected cool factor. Yes, it looks like a big iPod Touch. It is also missing things like a camera, Flash support, true GPS (unless you get the 3G versions), multitasking capabilities, and there is still a debate if you can do Skype on it (you can do VOIP now on 3G), since Skype is on the iPhone. Will AT&T or Apple prevent people from running Skype on it? I think there would be uproar!

The pricing was surprising. Apple usually leaves room under it for others but this time it did not. Or if it did, it’s not much room. It’s basically a space between $249 (higher end smart phones) and $499. The new price point “wasteland.” The A4 size iPad comes with 10 hrs of battery life from its 25WHr lithium-polymer battery, and starts at $499 with 16GB of Flash storage, which was an eye opener but I don’t think there is much margin there. At $599 you get to 32GB and at $699 you get to 64GB. Download a few HD movies and you are pretty much going to fill up the 32GB model. All those models come with WiFi. 3G connectivity is a $130 addition per model- $629, $729, and $829 respectively. It’s AT&T, despite all the pre-launch rumors about Verizon. The data plan is either $14.99 per month for up to 250MB, which is a useless price point because you will use that up in a week, or $29.99 for unlimited data. The question is if it’s really unlimited data? Some carriers unlimited plans are not really unlimited. And the 3G is unlocked! It’s a pre-pay plan and AT&T is throwing in free access in all of its WiFi hotspots (like Starbucks).

But an unlocked iPad won’t run on T-Mobile’s 3G network, because T-Mobile is the AWS band running at 1700MHz. The iPad is UMTS/HSDPA running at 850/1900/2100MHz. Yes, it will run on EDGE! But trust me, it will crawl! Many people are thinking that the WiFi version will be good enough with the proliferation of WiFi today. They may be right, especially for non-techies. And iPad does appeal to the non-techie crowd. It’s hitting the sweet spot of pop culture- music, photos, videos, surfing, and a little productivity thrown in.

I think the iPad is going to push the market in several different segments at once. Steve Jobs thanked the creators of the Kindle and said, “We are going to stand on their shoulders.” It’s too bad that Apple pushed Amazon into quicksand first. Apple usually decides whom they want to compete and compare themselves to. Steve Job’s other notable comment was “iPods, iPhones and most Macs are all mobile devices – Apple is the largest mobile device company in the world, now. Larger than Sony’s mobile device company, bigger than Samsung’s, in terms of revenue it’s bigger than Nokia!” That was an in-your-face wakeup call to the folks in Finland and Asia! Apple always decides whom they want to chase, and then they shift to a new thing/competitor/segment. The have the tightest hardware and software integration out there, and the most control over both— bar none!

One thing the iPad does really well is function as a big iPod Touch. iTunes is great on it. The second thing is that it’s a better ebook reader than anything else out there. Yes, it has a premium price point compared to Kindle and nook but iPad does so much, much more. And it’s in color. The third thing that it does well is that it plugs into a new keyboard dock. This means you can use it for most of your day-to-day work, as a primary device, and do email and use other productivity apps. This is one thing you can’t do with an iPhone or an iPod, they were too constraining. It’s not a great platform for CS4 or PageMaker. It’s not supposed to be. Again, it delivers in the key core areas of- music, ebook reading, photos, video, games, and the overall online experience. These are elements that Steve Jobs focused on in his speech today. There may be no reason to buy a MacBook Air going forward.

The iPad clearly bridges the gap between a smart phone and a notebook. I have met with countless device OEMs and semiconductor vendors who have tried for years to do this, with netbooks and MIDs (mobile internet devices), and it took Apple to really define the category for everyone. Apple didn’t want to produce a cheap netbook. That’s the approach that all the other laptop vendors as well as a few smart phone vendors such as Nokia took. There is a market for netbooks. Not everyone is bought into the cult of Apple, because of their price points. But the price gap between iPhone and MacBook has narrowed thanks to iPad.

iPad will go toe-to-toe with higher end netbooks ($399 and up) but there will still be room for cheaper netbooks ($199-$299) at Walmart and the price clubs, and heavily subsidized black and white ereaders if the content providers want to keep supporting those other ebook file formats. Apple is supporting the ePUB format. Amazon and Barnes and Noble will need to seriously reconsider their strategies, especially if Apple gets the boatload of titles that everyone is expecting, and applies pressure on ebook pricing like they did with music, TV shows, and movies. They have McGraw-Hill and the textbook market is sitting at their feet. So the iPad for education, especially higher-ed could be big! Watch out if someone cracks the DRM on textbooks! A couple of textbooks today cost more than the iPad. It depends on how close tightly the content is ties to the device.

No camera. And it seems to be the biggest downer to a lot of people. I just don’t think they could get it into v1.0. However, those developers who downloaded the SDK today reported that it has code support for a camera (there’s an “aha! moment”). So a camera will be there at some point. No USB to plug in a web cam either. No iChat. No messaging. We’re not going to hold this thing up to our head to make a call. But it does have a microphone and a 3.5mm jack. It is a shame that you can’t do video conferencing on it. Maybe there is something in the SDK on that, for down the road.

As far as supporting file formats, the iPad supports a bunch, including .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .rtf, .xtx (see what I’m getting at?). They launched a new version of iWorks today too, and have a custom keyboard on the iPad that works with the software suite. And individual iWork apps will sell for $9.99 each.

No GPS except in the 3G models. I would argue that assisted GPS in the WiFi-only versions is good enough for most people. Assisted GPS does navigation quicker. We can argue about the better part of the equation. The iPhone already has good GPS apps for it, and they will port to the iPad.

I think the iPad is one of the most impressive version 1.0 products ever announced. Does it do everything? No! Are there things missing that many of us would have wanted? Yes, of course!

But Apple planted a seed— an heirloom seed for everyone to look at, and maybe buy. There are many different usage models that are going to emerge around this device:

  • The leanback mode for entertainment, web surfing, and home automation and control.
  • The education mode for not only K-12 but higher-ed as well.
  • The gaming mode with its bright LED-backlit ISP display— OLED still costs way too much for these price points— and ability to use multitouch to control in-game elements. Gaming on iPad is going to put even more pressure on Sony and Nintendo in the portable game player space.
  • The specialty mode, such as an aeronautical solution that can be used for navigation. Someone might put a rugged cover around it for certain environments. I don’t think it’s going to be a pure consumer device. The iPhone isn’t if you starting looking at the applications out there.
  • The executive solution mode because it is a killer presentation device for a road warrior who is on stage a lot.

Will it cannibalize Apple’s MacBooks? Time will tell. But some people today said they might consider the iPad when they go replace their existing notebook.

Like the iPhone, Apple has another product that has the potential to be really big, and again, wake up the industry. It will spur competition, and innovation. People will still need a phone-like device (and increasingly those are smart phones) and they’ll need some other mobile device for a better experience. iPad pushes that second envelope.

I just liked the name “Canvas” better!

Apple Event Live Blogging

Hi-

Randy Giusto here! I’ll be liveblogging today’s Apple Event here. The event’s set for 1:00 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT/6:00 p.m. GMT. My tweet stream will flow into this post as I curate the event (sorry, we couldn’t get TwitterLiveBlog to work w/the latest WordPress upgrade). It will also flow to my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages if you follow me, and to my blog NewDigitalCafé .

If curious— I’ve 3 screens set up (1 iMac/1 Win7). I’m watching feeds – Gizmodo, Huffington Post, Technologizer, and TheStreet (for financial POV).  On PeopleBrowser I’ve a column of trusted industry friends, one of tech news contacts, and one of mobile developers to scan reactions.

Hopefully Twitter stays up! If not, I’ll switch to manual post updates! I will follow up later this afternoon with a summary post of the event!

-Randy