Pepcom MobileFocus came to SanFrancisco May 13th with an exuberant Mexican theme. Known for their clever themes, bountiful food and drinks and an interesting collection of booths presenting not only classic standbys like Logitech but some unusual off the grid offerings. Some that caught my eye:
Home Advisor: http://www.homeadvisor.com/
Once you have passed the Rite of Passage from renter to homeowner – you are now the landlord – responsible for maintenance and upkeep. This is not something that most of us were born to do – and there seems to be an infinite number and an unbelievable variety of jobs needing to be done. For this kind of information I go to my neighborhood list serve for recommendations – it only works sporadically.
Into the breach comes Home Advisor – a middleman that will put you in touch with these services – plumbers, contractors, electricians – when you need them – could be almost immediately – get three estimates and provide you with a price range for your neighborhood. The careful vetting of the service people seems to be a very important acomponent.
Thinking about it – I probably spend more on my house than I do on cars. This has beginning to catch the attention of clever entrepreneurs and Internet giants such as Google and Amazon. The market for online home services, as reported by the NYTimes, is to be in the range of 400-800 billion dollars.
Home Advisor sounds almost too good to be true – but I’m willing to try it out on a small job and will report back.
As the name sort of implies, it is an ecological ATM. It looks like a cross between a very happy and clean Waste-Management bin and an ATM. It accepts your phones, tablets and MP3 players and gives back cash. Cameras and live operators monitor and verify the customer’s identity and evaluate the value of the item. Here in Oakland, there are concerns about the safety of patrons using the ATM. ecoATM says that the kiosks are installed in malls, and with lighting and the cameras there is security. It may help you to clean out your desk drawer of miscellaneous small electronic devices and buy you a fancy dinner for two.
Perfect 365 by arcsoft: http://perfect365.arcsoft.com/
A digital makeover uses Face Detection technology to capture your face and apply digital makeup and arcsoft is offering it for free. This is fun thing to do with some friends. The technique has been used in computer make-up games and by some salons. I know of an instance where a pet dog was digitized and then made up for a Christmas card. I suggest you stick with your face. Contact perfect365.arcsoft.com. Don’t mention the dog.