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Events: The Gadget Show Live 2009

pocketgpsworld.comIf you are into technology or gadgets then one of the iconic TV shows that you will be watching will be the Gadget Show on Channel 5. This year Suzi, Jason, Jon and Ortis took the show live to the public at the NEC in Birmingham from April 17-19 2009. The show which was sold out weeks ago features 3 live presentations each day, plus many how-to and demo theatres.

Mike Alder and I spent the day taking in the Live Show with Suzi, Jason, Jon and Ortis then wandering around the stands in the exhibition looking at all the goodies on display. We saw quite a lot of neat gadgets (as you would expect) and managed to blag a few of them for review.

Deciding what was the Best of Show for me was quite a tough one and I split it into 2 sections GPS related and non-GPS.

On the GPS side it really had to be a toss up between the Garmin nuvi 1240 with the multi-modal navigation, and the Sony GPS Camcorder. In the end the Sony GPS camcorder won for 2 reasons: 1) you can actually buy it now, and 2) It is breaking ground in a different area whereas the Garmin is enhancing SatNav in an existing field.

Click here to see our Sony Video report.

On the non-GPS side there was so much diversity but again it really came down to 2 things: 1) The Power Tool drag racing and 2) the Robots made from scrap tech. In the end I went for the Power Tool Drag racing as it is a challenge laid down for us to get creative.

Click here for our Power Tool Drag racing video.

Our main article features more videos and a round up of both GPS and non-GPS related activity at the show. Click here for our Gadget Show Live 2009 report.

Well that is all for this year, the next techie consumer show will be the Stuff expo towards the end of the year. I think the guys at Future Publishing need to get their thinking hats on as the bar has been raised by the Gadget Show Live and they will need to find a way to move ahead.

Posted on Monday, April 20 @ 18:02:50 UTC by Mike Barrett

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