FRAMINGHAM (04/10/2000) - Next time someone says that your site stinks, the person might mean it literally. At least if your site is DigiScent-enabled. The system revolves around a computer peripheral called an iSmell Personal Scent Synthesizer. This device is packed with scent cartridges that are cracked open according to the commands sent from a Web site. So in the future you may be better off browsing 1-800 Flowers than hitting your local waste management site - if you know what I mean.
Want to feel what it's like to drive Jeff Gordon's Winston Cup car, but unwilling to risk a cracked sternum by smacking the wall at 190 mph? Outsourcer SiteSmith lured show attendees to its booth with an unusual driving simulator.
An old Gordon car had its analog dashboard replaced with a Nascar video game running on a Sega Dreamcast system. One Network World reporter bumped his way all the way up to 23rd place - sustaining about $20,000 in sheet metal damage in the process.
Put to the Test
And why were folks flocking around the Phobos booth? Was it to witness a demo of the ipXpress Web traffic load balancer, the IN-Switch server card or the IN-boost Secure Sockets Layer processor? Hardly. They were gathered to watch World Wrestling Federation superstar Test referee matches between audience volunteers dressed in bulky Sumo garb. In a private interview after the match, Test revealed he does not miss his ex-fiancee Stephanie McMahon, daughter of the WWF founder and owner, but prefers his new companion, a Canadian fitness model named Trish Stratus. And in Webrelated news, Test indicated that the recently paralyzed wrestler Droz will soon begin writing for the hugely popular WWF Web site with the help of a new computer equipped with speech recognition.
The body that launched a thousand Web sitesNo, that wasn't AOL Corp. head honcho and keynote speaker Steve Case attracting the overflow crowds at the LA Convention Center last week. Rather, it was none other than Pamela Anderson Lee, former "Baywatch" actress and amateur video star. People trying to enter or leave the West Hall show floor last Tuesday had to fight their way through a crowd jammed eight deep around a rather dinky booth, where Celebrity-street.com was launching its Web site, www.celebst.com.