Gadget Show Live 2014: First impressions
Currys PC World sent a group of bloggers down to the 2014 edition of the Gadget Show Live to document all the latest tech and news from the show.
The Gadget Show live is a yearly show which brings all the best tech brands together into one room to showcase new releases, big news and great innovation. There's also the added bonus, at this year's show at Birmingham NEC, of a full live show from the Gadget Show presenters in the Super Theatre.
Over 200 exhibitors are attending the five day show which runs from April 9th to April 13th. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, there's also the chance to get hands on with all of the latest tech on the market plus plenty of family activities, competitions and gaming challenges to get involved with.
As you know, Currys PC World love getting involved with the latest tech and keeping up with the latest developments. Earlier this year we were at CES 2014 with Ali, one of our favourite YouTube vloggers, to check out the release of Samsung's curved TV, test the latest smart watches and see the latest gadgets from brands like Parrot and Pebble. For more from CES 2014, you can check out Currys' full range of large and curved screen TVs for yourself, or read Ali's full round up of CES 2014 here.
To keep our faithful TechTalk readers updated with all the latest news, we sent two groups of bloggers to the Gadget Show Live. Our second group will be attending tomorrow, but first here's some updates from our first group of bloggers who attended on Wednesday!
Testing out the tech
Tech shows are always the best place to check out the weird and the wonderful; especially when it comes to the latest robots! Sarah and Andy from the Mummy Barrow blog caught up with Active Robots stand to see what they had to offer, and even got to shake hands with a gigantic super robot.
Also on show was Microsoft's 3D body scanner. These super scanners are leading a revolution in the way that several industries think about how they operate including, amazingly, the medical industry. It is now possible to use 3D scanners and printers to print stem cells, working tissue and prosthetic limbs. Microsoft's remit may fall slightly outside of the medical sector - but who's to say where this technology will lead us next?
There was also the opportunity to engage in a bit of augmented reality at the Gadget Show as Peugeot showed off their 'Driving Sensations' Driving Simulator. This was certainly one for the kids (young and old) and was very busy all day. Augmented reality is another technology which looks set to expand and grow throughout 2014, allowing consumers to virtually try products before they buy. Expect plenty more news on this in our full round-up next week!
Meeting the stars
Of course, no Gadget Show Live experience would be complete without the chance to see the stars in action. Elizabeth from Rosalilium.com put together a great video for us with some of her favourite bits of the exhibition and some cool clips of the live show in the Super Theatre.
Elizabeth loved the range of technology which was on show at the NEC, including wearable tech, cinema projectors, eco-cars, electric bicycles, games consoles and even phone chargers.
Afterwards she also got to catch up with the presenters show and have a chat with them about gadgets and tech!
We'll have a full round-up of the different stands and brands at the Gadget Show Live next week. Don't forget to check up on TechTalk then, or if you can't wait take a look at @CurrysPCWorld for live updates!