Macworld 2011 Photos from First Day of Event
I took a lot of photos and some video of the event and many exhibitions I had a chance to check out. The event was great with some really unique gadgets, apps and innovations to see. I was really taken and impressed by a solar battery charger shown tested on the iPad called the JOOS Solar Charger — I also found out at the event that it won an award during CES 2011 for innovation. Imagine having an iPad charged (at least up to 70% of full battery) wherever there is sun present. I also liked the comfortable swing chair that desktop Mac users should feel at home with and the variety of skins available from Music Skins as decorations for the iDevices (I was told desktops and laptops as well).
There were a lot of business-oriented exhibitions and software for the Mac and iPad in particular. What really stood out in the educational and business sector though was the Smart Table by Smart Technologies and the multi-touch interactivity it offered. Smart also showcased interactive whiteboard app, called Smart Board 885ix, running on a Mac with multiple users being able to manipulate the screen and take notes at the same time while also dragging various background objects. There was also the bizarre showcased like the TV Hat, which allows you to look like a pelican while wearing a hat with your iPhone attached to the end thus creating a quasi-3D view with added depth.
Check these photos of the floor room and examples of what kinds of things Mac and iDevice related that was available on the show floor but be warned. This is only a small part of the event and what was offered as I should have an exclusive interview or story with the original Fargoal creator Jeff McCord — or not just the original creator because he made the iOS remakes as well called Sword of Fargoal and Sword of Fargoal Legends (iPad version) along with a team now called Fargoal, LLC. Jeff McCord allowed me to do an in-depth look into the upcoming sequel; he said it should be the first info, or among the first, available to the public so far. He is also a members of the Trouble Brothers, LLC development team and along with Steve Shippert (who I also talked to) and both mentioned some upcoming games including a board game called Cargo Runners; it was canceled as a traditional board game release but made into an iPad game; it will be available for the first time on the platform with a late February release planned and potential online multiplayer thrown in.
I may also do a more in-depth analysis of some of the exhibitions and products besides just gaming apps so stay tuned and enjoy these photos. There is a lot to see and I recommend for any of you near San Francisco or the Bay Area to check the event out.
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