Macworld Trends: Show Is Hotbed of Kickstarter Projects [Macworld 2011]

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Inventor Bernie Graham and designer Jim Young with their PadPivot lap stand, one of several Kickstarter projects at Macworld.

SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD 2011 — They call themselves the “Kickstarter Kids.”

They’re the group of entrepreneurs backed by Kickstarter, the group funding website — and there were a bunch of them at Macworld.

40% Of Macworld Attendees Don’t Have A Smartphone – Estimate [Macworld 2011]

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SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD 2011 — Here’s a surprising statistic from Macworld 2011: about 40% of show goers don’t have a smartphone.

That was the number given to me at a meetup on the show’s last night. It was from someone who ran a competition all week in one of the booths. To win a prize, entrants had to download an app to their smartphone — and about 40% didn’t have a device that could download apps.

How To Turn Your iPod Touch Into a Mobile Interview Kit [Macworld 2011]

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SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD 2011 — Down on the show floor, I ran into podcaster Tim Chaten, who was using an iPod touch to record video.

Chaten had his iPod touch mounted in a home-made camera rig, complete with an external microphone.

It looks like a pretty good setup for shooting quick and easy videos.

Here’s how he put it together: