First of all, I have to say that I think it’s great that Channel 5 TV programme, The Gadget Show has such a following and large number of viewers that a Gadget Show Live event like this was firstly planned and then very quickly sold out by the fans of the show — I think that says a lot about a large of people in the UK being quite tech-savvy and enjoying all types of gadgets that are out there.
This was first event that I’d attended of it’s type on behalf of Zath and was quite excited to see what was on show to the visitors of this event after seeing so many great shows on TV that take place in America, Japan etc.
Zath Went To The Gadget Show Live!
So Zath went along with it’s fellow blogging partners Tech-Styling and Gadgets For Men to the Gadget Show Live and after a three hour drive we arrived at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, incidentally this was the first time I’d been to the NEC and I was suitably impressed by the central venue that they’d chosen.
We got there on time for the 10am opening time, however it took quite a while to actually get in due to the huge queues that were necessary to get in, but hey no worries, us British like to queue don’t we?
Anyway, once we were in, we got to work walking around to see what was on show that we could cover on our websites, unfortunately this is where I had a little issue with the whole “Friday Press Day” part of the three day event. It was busy! And from the looks of it, that wasn’t due to the amount of people with press badges on. Now I’m not sure, but I suspect that a lot of the people there had been given tickets by the Gadget Show to the event, perhaps as prizes and the like?
The Gadget Show Live – A Press Day?
My understanding of a press day of an event which open to the public on most days is that it’s generally a bit quieter in terms of numbers of people there which makes it a bit easier to look around and speak with the exhibitors wanting some coverage of their products — the fact that you weren’t so much walking around as going in the general direction of the crowd, like jumping into a fast flowing river! 😉
I think that was my own personal main negative issue with the Gadget Show Live event, had it not been so crowded and busy, then I’m sure I’d have come away with having enjoyed it more and being less frustrated. The people exhibiting that we did get to talk to around the show were really good to talk to and am grateful for their time, however it would appear that we simply missed out on seeing some items altogether once you look around at some of the other gadget websites in attendance — I wonder how many people actually saw everything there that day?
Therefore, overall I would say that the Gadget Show Live event was a great idea, executed fairly well in most respects and I’m sure it was a success for the Channel 5 and The Gadget Show TV show, however I would implore them for next year’s show (which I hope they’ll be) that they don’t try to cram so many people into the event, certainly on the Press Day when we were eager to report back to our readers on all the cool gadgets that are on display.
Anyway, here’s some of my favourite gadgets, tech and general randomness that were at the Gadget Show Live including a highlights video put together by Mike over at Gadgets For Men.
- A2B Electric Bikes
- Flip Mino HD Camcorder
- Cyber Clean For Desktop and Car Cleaning
- GTrek II GPS Recorder
- Gadget Show Live: Light Life Torch
- Gadget Show Live: UK First Table-Top Touchscreen
- Cyber Clean Electronic Cleaning Compound
- Gadget Show Live: RoboSteel Recycling
- Gadget Show Live Big Roundup