DEMOmobile 2000 Turns Spotlight on Critical, Emerging Concepts in Mobile Computing

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2000 — DEMOmobile 2000 kicked off today by examining key issues that are emerging in the quickly evolving marketplace of mobile technology. The morning was highlighted by new product announcements by IBM, Scout Electromedia, Inc. and LightSurf Technologies. The two-day conference, produced by IDG Executive Forums, opened to a sell-out audience of industry executives, venture investors, and leading opinion makers.

— IBM introduced the first fully-integrated network-enabled laptop family, the ThinkPad i Series notebook computers, along with a new PCMCIA card enabling Bluetooth connectivity among laptop devices. The company also previewed Bluetooth technology for its WorkPad Palm-compatible handheld computer.

— Scout Electromedia's MODO taps the nation-wide paging network to provide up to date city guides. Described as an "electronic magazine in a handheld device," MODO is targeted at consumers 18 to 34 years of age.

— Philippe Kahn, long-time industry innovator and founder of LightSurf, demonstrated the company's Instant Wireless Digital Photography solution, a small digital camera that attaches to a digital cellular phone and enables consumers to snap photos and send them to any electronic destination.

"These three companies — and all of this year's demonstrators – represent important ideas as the focus of mobile technology shifts from business productivity to individual and consumer communications," said Jim Forbes, producer of DEMOmobile 2000. "Seamless connectivity, low-cost content services and innovative mobile devices are enhancing the way individuals work and play anytime, anywhere."

The program also highlighted developments in messaging, mobile commerce, speech-enabled interfaces, and enterprise infrastructure to support a mobile workforce. Looking to the future of mobile computing, a panel of industry leaders including Randy Giusto of IDC, Jay Highley of Sprint PCS, Joe Sipher of Handspring, and Joel Jewitt of Good Technology predicted further integration of mobile computing platforms and cellular telephone networks. Highley noted that pricing plans for these integrated services are becoming increasingly competitive and prices must be driven down for the technology to become pervasive.

Produced by the IDG Executive Forums, the DEMOmobile 2000 conference is attended by more than 500 of the nation's top tier investor relations firms, venture capitalists, Fortune 500 company representatives and business development executives and features 37 new companies, products and technologies.

Sponsor Set

Sponsors of DEMOmobile 2000 are Computerworld, eBags, IBM ThinkPad, IBM Voice Systems, InfoWorld, Lernout & Hauspie, Lotus Development Corp., Mayfield Fund, Merrill Lynch, Mobileum, NetMorf, Nokia, OmniSky, PR Newswire, Qpass, SENTICA Corporation, Sprint, Wayport, and Xircom.

About the DEMO Conferences

The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producers Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. Top executives from the leading hardware and software technology companies, venture capitalists, journalists from key industry publications and industry analysts attend the DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences to preview the most promising products and technologies for the coming year. DEMO is held in February each year and features approximately 80 new companies, products and technologies. For more information, visit http://www.demo.com/ . DEMOmobile is held each fall and features approximately 35 new mobile technologies. For more information, visit http://www.demo.com/demo_conferences/demo_mobile.html

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About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the high technology marketplace. The company provides the industry analysis, information, insights and networking opportunities its customers need to excel in the fastest-paced marketplace in the world. Most widely known for producing the high-tech industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include AGENDA(R), DEMO(R), DEMOmobile, VORTEX, Executive Roundtable, DEMOletter(R) and VORTEX.net. IDG Executive Forums is a subsidiary of International Data Group, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company. All registered trademarks are owned by IDG. More information can be found at http://www.idgexecforums.com .

About IDG

IDG is the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net ( http://www.idg.net ), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .