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Beer and satellites: Our favorite Demo Mobile 2013 products

Armando Rodriguez | April 19, 2013
Demo Mobile may not be as big as E3 or CES, but the mobile-focused event attracts startups and companies looking to share their latest wares and ideas. While many of the products and services on display at this week's conference in San Francisco are still in the early stages of development, they paint an interesting portrait of what to expect in the mobile world in the not too distant future.

No word on when the app will be publicly available, so it might be a while before you can connect all of your smart devices together to create your own makeshift Skynet.

Your own personal satellite

Speaking of Skynet, Nanosatisfi's entire presentation centered around launching a Skynet of your very own. (The satellite, not the evil computer from the Terminator franchise.) The company ran a successful Kickstarter campaign last summer with the goal of creating affordable personal satellites that people could load up with their own software. The satellites can also be used to take photos and video, though the satellites aren't permanent and will eventually burn up as they fall back to Earth.

Nanosatisfi is still working on getting the costs of its satellites down to several hundred dollars. If the company proves successful, its dream of a future where everyone has their own object in orbit may soon become a reality.

Gamifying Beer

The creators of the Beer Hunt app for iOS have an even loftier goal than the folks over at Nanosatisfi--they aim to make beer even more enjoyable. To that end they've created an app that lets you "check-in" and score points every time you throw back a cold one. Beer Hunt currently has more than 5000 beers in its database, though it seems to be missing quite a few local Bay Area beers such as Trumer Pils.

As you log your drinks, Beer Hunt will begin to recommend beers based on your preferences. The point of the app isn't to drink a lot--Beer Hunt stops awarding you points if you keep checking in with the same drink--but rather to encourage you to try beers you otherwise wouldn't. The app is available for free from the iOS App Store right now; just remember to drink responsibly.


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