We’re Getting Snappy at IDF 2012
Some of my favorite moments at conferences are seeing everyone walking around with their heads bent over their smartphones. Besides the post-conference neck-ache that is inevitable, that sort of devotion to technology, and the technology that deserves that sort of devotion is so exciting. I also love seeing people snapping pictures of old friends who they haven’t seen since the last conference, and the folks standing in the middle of a busy hallway on tiptoes with one arm raised, taking a picture of the amount of people walking with their heads bent over smartphones.
This year at IDF 2012 in San Francisco, the Intel AppUp® center crew is helping with all of the conference-picture-taking with the iSnap kiosk in the SSG Pavilion, booth 942. Attendees can take a picture and share it immediately to Facebook and Twitter. No hunting for a WiFi signal or using up your data plan to share your picture with your friends. And no, during quiet moments, I won’t be snapping pictures of myself. Much.
Our kiosks will also have Ultrabooks set up and they’ll be kitted out with tons of apps, but two great games in particular: Defense Grid UltraBundle and PAC-MAN. The Defense Grid app includes the original game, plus DLC Borderlands and all four Resurgence packs. It’s a tower defense game that will have people of all skills solving levels and keeping the enemies on the run.
What can I say about PAC-MAN besides the fact that it’s the game all other games should be compared to? Its simplicity and clear goal are what makes it excellent. It offers a break from our lives where chaos reigns and gives us only two things to do: avoid ghosts and munch dots. And yes, I’m waxing poetic about PAC-MAN. Oh yeah, and when you get bored you can scoot over from the Ultrabook and play the same game on our Atari 2600 game system, which will be so 1981.
After you get some game time in, we’re also demoing the MAGIX app Video easy 4 HD. Here’s the deal with this app: it offers pro video tools to beginners. Aren’t apps wonderful? What used to be only available to experts can now be used by everyone who wants to create excellent videos. Love this one.
You don’t need to attend IDF 2012 to try out these apps. Just head over to the Intel AppUp center and download them on your PC, laptop or Ultrabook. Easy. As for the iSnap photo booth, you do need to be at IDF to use that one. So, if you’ll be there come snap a photo and share it with your friends. And ignore the woman in the booth who’s making her best PAC-MAN faces. That is not me. Not me at all.