Later this month I’m heading to the Human Computer Interaction conference in Orlando where leading innovators in robotics, mobile, motion capture and everything else that is changing how we interact with computers will be showing their wares. 

I’ll be heading there with two of my kids – 15-year-old Julia and 14-year-old Andrew who have off of school that week.  Both sport near-perfect report cards and deserve this much needed break of sunshine, entertainment and learning.   Those of you who’ve met their valedictorian older siblings have an idea of how quick Andrew and Julia might be.  These two enjoy the same inquiring minds and a matching sense of humor to boot.

The conference itself initially refused entry to the kids for insurance reasons.  I’d like to thank Ben Casnocha who did startups while still in diapers for figuring out a way for me to get them in.  Both Ben and Brad Feld, a co-chair of the conference, keep top-rated blogs that are must-reads for anyone doing early stage technology.

The technologies we will be seeing at the conference have no direct connection to staffing, but that’s the point of me going to it.  I’m going to this particular conference to project out beyond the current memes of enterprise technology and discover some ideas of what top staffing software features will be in 2025.

Here’s a recap on some of the companies sponsoring the conference.

Organic Motion

Organic’s core software allows computers to see and understand human motion.  Let me tell you I wish I could use it for my golf swing.  When they can do that, they’ll have a gravy train of revenue from us outside-in swingers.


Occipital does 360 degree panoramas and sells its app for the Iphone.   I’m not sure if they have a version coming out for the Android or not but it would be most welcome there.  My Android does pretty good pictures but the panorama feature is hard to use and comes out nothing like what Occipital is showing off in the links above.

Interestingly Occipital’s website goes directly to their blog, a smart marketing idea.  When it comes to reviewing technology companies I’m much more interested in their story and their ongoing travails than I am in the marketing spin that you get from a normal website.


Omniar publishes a toolset that lets you turn mobile phones into point-and-click information devices.  I could have used it during my trip to Arizona last week looking at real estate.  With an Omniar enabled app we could have just pointed at the location in question and gotten instead feedback on price and features.

Omniar recognizes multiple objects in a single image.  Could Omniar revolutionize staffing processes like intake, security access or document processing? 


Orbotix is creating robotic apps.   How will it change TempWorks?  Office golf.  If you know us, you know we can’t pass up a great game

At this point I have to make a snide comment about the names of the sponsoring companies.  Every one begins with “O”.  “O” might be an outstanding letter but it’s getting hard to tell the companies apart by their name.


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