At Demo 2006 in Phoenix Arizona, the creator of the Furby announced the birth of an artificial life form called Pleo, welcomed into the world by 700 white-shirted venture capitalists singing "happy birthday to you." The company behind Pleo is Ugobe, lead by executives from the toy industry and luminaries from the film and animation world.
For years, we have been reading the promise of paper-white electronic displays, a future of books and newspapers with ink-on-paper readability delivered on super-thin LCD displays. For the tree-huggers among us, the ultimate eBook technology may remain a distant promise, but at least one company is making a practical step toward commercializing white-background LCDs.
Christmas is around the corner and it is time to start on our 2005 Christmas Gadget-Gals Wish List. For 2005, our first addition is the Juice Multi-Charger introduced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.