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This year I attended the Gadget show live up in the Birmingham NEC. I’ve been a fan of the show for years and finally got around to booking tickets to the live event. http://www.gadgetshowlive.net/
The whole event lived up to expectations with the Expo demonstrating some fantastic current and future technologies and the live show being even more spectacular.
The highlights:

The live theatre show
The highlight of the whole event. Hosted by the main channel 5 presenters the live show lived up to expectations.
The show kicked off with an interactive long jump game that involved the audience to clap in unison to build up speed and then jump to make their player jump on a big screen on the central stage. This used a giant version of Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect and was a competition between the four presenters Suzi, Jason, Ottis and Pollyanna who had to get their respective audience members to clap and jump in unison. There were also loads of tech giveaways and a live laser show. For me the highlight of the live theatre show was the demo of Festo’s smart bird which flew autonomously around the auditorium! truly amazing! See video below. Check out the new series of the gadget show to see the live show.

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Future tech section

Festo – one of my favourite robotics companies (http://www.festo.com), is a world leader in automation technology. They have created autonomous robots such as Pengiuns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tfES8gImc), jelly fish(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-O8-N71Qcw) and manta rays (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vT-oidWyXE) all of which emulate their real life counterparts with extreme accuracy. They were demoing the Bionic handling assistant, which offers flexible movement and precise gripping. They also demoed one amazing robot during the live theatre show, the Smart bird: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdtagwZ547E which was absolutely amazing and an incredible feat of engineering.

Brainwave sensor technology that allows you to control object on screen with just the power of thought! http://www.neurosky.com/ and their hilarious brainwave controlled cat ears that react to the users the emotions. http://www.neurosky.com/necomimi/

Gaming section
This area demoed some of the latest and greatest games due to be released, highlight for me was the 3D car racing simulator that had surround screens and a car seat that reacted to every movement generated by the game, a true bachelors ultimate piece of kit.

The hub theatre – live tech review
This was a live show that reviewed the latest and greatest mobile smartphones and tablet PC’s – HTC one got voted best smartphone and the Asus Transformer tablet PC coming out top for the tablet PC’s beating the iPad 3. I myself shall be waiting for the Asus Transformer infinity 700 due out this summer.

Parrot – AR drones
these are really cool gadgets that can be flown and controlled using your smartphones of table PCs http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/en

Aurasma – Augmented Reality Platform
Using your smart phone you can view augmented content, it works by holding your camera up to a recognised object and then content being overlaid – pretty cool, check it out:  http://www.aurasma.com/

JCDecaux – interactive advertising
Some cool advertising concepts that included a bus shelter advertising board with a big Jacket potato sticking out of it and a smell button that released the smell of a freshly baked JP, amazing!
Unfortunately there was no sign of the latest mentioned future tech from Google i.e Google Glass (augmented glasses), Google TV, Driverless cars or their space elevator project.
Also no sign of Honda’s most advanced humanoid robot ASIMO, I guess these will only get displayed at tech shows such as E3. All in all a very good experience and a fantastic day out!

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