I was fortunate to be invited to the Gadget Show Preview / Professional Trade Show event yesterday, and it’s nice to see Theeven bigger and better than last year. Whilst last year everything was / related, this year it was nice to see a wider range of devices supported by the various accessories manufacturers at the show, with and Samsung Galaxy Tablets also getting a look in.
Even better; if you haven’t already bought a ticket, I understand from the organisers that a limited number of tickets are still available for today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday), although the rest of the week is now fully booked, so don’t travel unless you already have tickets.
Along with the mainSuper Theatre (featuring a massive 360 degrees viewing screen), there are a number of smaller seminar type presentation areas, and a few stands are running their own presentations too. In terms of exhibitors, there are the big guys ( , Samsung, Sony, Canon, Kenwood, Philips and Pioneer), the larger retailers (PC World, Scan), and even a couple of mobile networks (Orange and O2), both of whom are running Show special deals during the event. As always, there are smaller companies (such as OrbitSound and Bicygnals) who are often worth a look at their slightly more specialised items.
There’s lot of food facilities (though a little expensive), including Subway and Starbucks, and even a chance to try the new Volkswagen Up! car in the driving experience; equally, for gamers, there are plenty of XBox consoles to try out, and a fair few Kinect installations on various stands. If you have children, look out for LeapFrog for younger ones, or something more fun such as the Parrot AR.drone for the older children.
Although The Gadget Show have announced that as from the new series (soon to start) only Jason and Polly will be presenting, all 5 of the “current” presenters will be appearing at thethis year. For details of the shows and a full exhibitor list, head off to the website for more details.
If you want to attend, head over to thewebsite and buy your tickets in advance of travelling (if any are left!); also don’t forget NEC charge £8 per car for parking.