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Demo Day 1, Part 5: Collaboration And Tools

The end of the day seems to be a little bit of a catchall, but there's some cool stuff in here. Most of the ideas seem solid enough; execution is another matter.

The end of the day seems to be a little bit of a catchall, but there's some cool stuff in here. Most of the ideas seem solid enough; execution is another matter.CornerWorld: A platform for original digital content. Everyone is a consumer and contributor. The system allows both professionals and amateurs to manage their content. Facebook meets YouTube for artists, including an e-commerce aspect. It seems useful, but it also seems like there's a lot of borrowing from other services; for example, "C-vites" looks an awful lot like Evite. Unfortunately, the live demo bombed.

SceneCaster: Create and share 3-D scenes from your browser. Apparently there's a "3-D Web" out there that I know nothing about -- I hope it's faster than the 2-D Web. The scenes look a lot like what you'd get from 3-D home design products that have been around for some time now. The catch is that the 3-D objects are all for sale -- including ones from Google 3D. You can share the scenes on Facebook. The public beta is just launching.

PeopleJam: A social network to help you build a better life, healthier, richer and better adjusted. The site includes inspirational videos and ways to bring your friends into a support network.

Probably, if self-help books appeal to you, then this site will similarly appeal. Business model is advertising supported.

LiveMocha: Learn a foreign language on the Web. Includes lessons, conversations with native speakers, and, of course, interaction with your peers who are also trying to slog through a language. Need encouragement? You can track your goals, compete with others taking the same courses, and more.

Grasper: Collections of videos that help viewers understand how to do various tasks. The first example was cutting crown molding. The second is about how to get jewelry making supplies.

Earthmine: Street-level 3-D maps that are highly accurate; distances are accurate to a few centimeters. The company provides either data or a service. The application is built in Flash and data can be extracted in a number of ways, including pictures and data on geographic elements like buildings or streets.

It's a cool app since this is new mapping data and it's highly accurate, more accurate than most cities currently have.

Myxer: Radically simplifies creating mobilized content and applications. Takes out mobile device dependencies and allows the creation of mobile Web storefronts.

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