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/p*-nam'bik/ (From the scene in the film, "The Wizard of Oz" in which the true nature of the wizard is first discovered: "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"). A term coined by Daniel Klein <> for a stage of development of a process or function that, owing to incomplete implementation or to the complexity of the system, requires human interaction to simulate or replace some or all of its actions, inputs or outputs. The term may also be applied to a process or function whose apparent operations are wholly or partially falsified or one requiring prestidigitization.

The ultimate pnambic product was "Dan Bricklin's Demo", a program which supported flashy user-interface design prototyping.

There is a related maxim among hackers: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo." See magic for illumination of this point.

["Open Channel", IEEE "Computer", November 1981].
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The technology demo is not being aimed at the commercial market but rather for companies.
Inteligent Health Pavilion (formerly Intelligent Hospital Pavilion): North Building, Hall B, Booth 6656: Includes the Intelligent Hospital, the Intelligent Medical Home and the Technology Demo Zone using advanced technologies, such as auto-ID, BLE, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors, wearables and mobile devices.
com/news/gaming/consoles/definitely-no-microsoft-xbox-720-reveal-at-gdc-2013-1140723) TechRadar Monday that it "has no plans to show anything at all at GDC this week, despite many rumors suggesting there might at least be a technology demo or some other kind of pre-announcement.
Two methods can be adopted to experience Fujifilm's latest e-comics production technology in the e-comics technology Demo page section of EPUB Manga Factory page of "Manga Innovation" website.
In the current emerging technology demo at Siggraph, the company presented a generic method for capturing and rendering live 3D footage for 3D displays.
Kodak also highlighted future development activities with a plate technology demo for high-volume applications.
This was obviously just a technology demo since we have no plans to productise solar powered computing.
Telaid, Atlanta, has announced that it will partner with Axis Communications to showcase a wide range of the company's network cameras throughout its Emerging Technology Demo Center opening April 18th in Norcross, GA.
An on-location technology demo includes the IBIS "XL" based on OCZ's proprietary High Speed Data Link (HSDL) interface unveiled last quarter, featuring 4TBs of storage capacity at over 1.
Brown also announced that UTC Fire & Security will be establishing a Product Technology Demo Center in the region which will serve as a center of excellence for fire products.
Seagate's technology demo is in partnership with AMD, which has supplied the necessary chipsets to achieve the third-generation SATA interface's fast speeds.
The technology demo was the result of about six months of interoperability work by the companies in the Open Standards Fabric Initiative.
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