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* Just three weeks before Gadget Show Live opens *
* New product launches plus best in tech and gaming *
13-17 April 2011, Birmingham NEC (trade/press preview on 12 April)
The UK’s leading consumer electronics show, The Gadget Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC, is just three weeks away (13 to 17 April). Jam-packed with exciting new tech launches and the best in gaming, it’s the UK’s largest event to see, try and buy the latest tech and gadgets and catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s technology.
Based on the highly popular Channel Five TV show, The Gadget Show Live has quadrupled in size since it began in 2009 and this year expects 100,000 visitors through the door. It features 250 of the world’s leading electronics firms, including Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, JVC, Nintendo and LG, and features many UK product premieres. New tech includes the latest smart TVs from Sony, Panasonic and LG, which boast not only the usual HD and 3D capabilities, but also a raft of streaming content and online applications.
Visitors can participate in numerous free features, including the new HUB Theatre, an entire hall dedicated to the Game Zone, the Future Technology Project and a larger interactive Test Track. There will also be a one hour long, live theatre version of the TV show in the newly designed Super Theatre (three times a day).
NEW TECH AND GAMES
As well as watching the new smart TVs, visitors can also try out the latest 3D photography and video equipment, such as the new high definition 3D camcorder from JVC (Everio GS-TD1). They can also watch a 3D printer re-creating real objects (on Bits from Bites stand, in Future Tech Project and in The HUB Theatre).
In addition, they can listen to the new Zeppelin Air from Bowers and Wilkins, which has the ability to wirelessly stream music for iPhones, iPads and computers running iTunes. They can also watch through the new augmented reality (AR) video eyewear from Vuzix, which enables 3D video viewing in real time, whilst overlaying the video with home-made 3D content.
A full on tablet war is predicted with all the leading contenders to the crown on show. The best in home computing can also be found with the full HD touch screen VAIO L-Series from Sony and the new multi-touch enabled AKOYA desktops from MEDION. For the house proud, there will be the new compact and lightweight robotic lawnmower from Husqvarna, the new lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson - the Digital Slimô - and the next generation of domestic servants from iRobot.
The Game Zone (an entire dedicated hall in association with GAME), will include a major outing for the Nintendo 3DS, a live professional gaming tournament with a £5,000 cash prize from Alienware, plus their new 15 inch gaming notebook. New game launches include the first UK viewing of DiRT3 from Codemasters (released 24 May), the new Duke Nukem game from 2K games, EA’s Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed plus the European finals of the new Mortal Kombat beat-em-up from Warner Bros.
TECH OF THE FUTURE
The Future Tech Project is an unforgettable chance to experience technology of the future. This area includes 3D printing and robotics from Warwick University, mind controlled computing (www.neurosky.com) and even eye controlled computing, seen for the first time in the UK from Waterloo Labs (part of National Instruments).
There will also be
a blurring of the real and virtual world with the latest augmented
reality creations from T-Immersion, plus smart textiles and intelligent
clothing from CuteCircuit, and wireless kitchen gadgets and food that
can heat itself whilst still in its packaging (using the eCoupled
countertop from Fulton Innovation).
NEW FREE HUB THEATRE
The new circular theatre offers free access to six daily presentations, led by Stuff TV’s Lucy Hedges and Radio One’s Aled Hayden Jones. They will do the hard work of filtering down the headline news and best tech at the show. Sessions will cover The Future Tech Project, T3’s hottest gadgets, a review of tablets and smart-phones, home gadgets and a music gadget review.
LATEST E-BIKES AND PERSONAL TRANSPORT DEVICES
The first street-legal electric bicycle, the Grace One, will launch at The Gadget Show Live – it’s a carbon neutral e-motorbike which can travel up to 28 mph (UK limit is 15 mph) and requires no driving license or registration, but you must be over 14. A huge range of vehicles, such as Segways and the latest electric bikes from Create, Dumco and Pacific, can be test-driven at the 1,000 square metre Test Track. There will also be a kids transport area with vehicles from Razor and the UK’s top professionals showing off their tricks on the Remote Control Demo Area.
Furthermore, those lucky enough to have a ticket for the Super Theatre
will be blown away by a high-energy version of the TV show. Three times
daily (each show seating 4,500 people), the presenters will demo the
latest tech, whilst the audience participates to win prize - they’ll
also see a Jason-cyborg and Suzi Avatar on stage.
…And if all of that isn’t enough, visitors can also find how to make the most of the latest digital cameras in the Photographic Workshop and check out the best in new 3D kit in the new 3D Theatre.
Matt Hodgins, Head of Event at Upper Street Events said: “2011 is going to see the event enter a whole new level, there is some genuinely jaw-dropping stuff on show sourced from all over the world from wacky gadgets to life changing technology. From jumping on the latest personal transport device to understanding how to take better photos, I really think Gadget Show Live this year has more on offer which caters for everyone, no matter what their interest’.
For more information about exhibiting or booking tickets for The Gadget Show Live 2011 (only afternoon tickets are still available), visit www.gadgetshowlive.net. The event runs from 13 to 17 (open 9am to 6pm) April at Birmingham’s NEC, with a trade and press preview on 12 April (10am to 4pm).
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