Our trip to
The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas
Arriving at Excel, London after
a good journey was a relief. Parking was great. Loads of
space and plenty of disabled parking. Ok the cost of parking
was high at £15 and its just an underground car park. You dont get
a valet for that!!!!
Passing through the main
corridor of food outlets I noticed that there is a huge array of choice
from subway to noodles.
The box office outside the hall
was busy but the queue didn't last long.
On entering the hall we are
bombarded by gadget heaven. Mainly computer type gadget but
the odd other little invention was available too.
The Microsoft stand are
promoting windows 8 very heavily. Although they were unable to
answer a couple of questions we had about the usage of Microsoft Office
and the inability to use the tiled screen very easily but I reckon that
will come in time.
Nintendo had a great presence
mainly due to today being the launch of the WiiU console. The
first new console for quite a few years. We met a really
friendly guy who showed us how to use the console and play a game.
We could have stayed there for ages. First we played a Super Mario
game and personally I didn't feel that this was really using the wiiU to
its best ability due to the screen on the controller just being the same
as the main TV. It was then that our guy told us that we could put
the TV onto another channel and the player could carry on playing just
with the handheld screen. The WiiU comes into play best when used
on other games that use the controller screen to give you maps or
special things to do whilst the game is playing on the main screen.
This looked really interesting.
The graphics are brilliant and
the games look fun to play. Another amazing feature of the wiiU is
the panoramic view ability. We were shown a clip of a parade and
you are able to 360 degree the area - quite impressive.
The WiiU will most certainly
have a stake in the console wars.
product that caught my eye
next was the train shaped computer case from Overlocker priced at £199
but wow its certainly eye catching.
Anyone fancy an LG 84" TV Screen
- it is pretty awesome - the picture does not do it justice. The
HD picture really is outstanding. I am personally not usually
overly impressed by TV screens but this really did bring the pictures to
life. Plus it is enormous. Being in the exhibition meant the
scale was slightly lost but it was massive.
Chargers are often an issue when
travelling so when we saw the MU USB Charger (www.themu.co.uk)
we could see the full potential. It is a flat adapter that you can
open up to become the plug. Just insert your USB lead and plug it
in and you are being charged. It is suitable for anything that
uses a USB socket. The MU is very neat.
Parax Paper (www.parax.co.uk)
really caught my eye.
The paper is
sustainable, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional pulp
paper. Made from 80% Calcium Carbonate CaCO3 and 20% non-toxic HDPE,
Parax Paper is a revolutionary invention that is taking over various
markets by storm. This is understandable when you get your hands
on it. It is made from stone yes honestly stone plus a bit of
plastic. No water is used when it is made. It is actually
waterproof. You can write on it underwater - although having the
right pen may be more of the issue -- and yes we have tried this at
home! The strangest yet most amazing structure of this kind of
paper is its ability to be tear resistant. It does tear but with
quite a bit of effort. My family have been playing with it quite a
paper feels like exceptionally good quality paper too.
One area of the Show
that captured my own heart was The Home Computer 1975- It is
a museum of computers and they had bought in some of the samples.
You could even enter a competition using the BBC Basic which was the
computer I used to do my O Level on in 1987!!!! The ZX81 was
another and even the delights of early game consoles too.
Moving along were some
handheld games such as the SpeaknSpell, Simon and Astrowars. All
bringing back lots of memories. I think this could be a really good day
neatly leads me on to toys: As you would expect The Gadget Show
Live @Christmas had so much to entertain young to old. The
enclosure for remote controlled aircraft seemed to capture much
attention. Various other RC toys available of varying prices and
styles. A popular creation was the Attacknid - A six legged
battling machine that has attachable weapons that fire discs up to 30
feet. You are able to fight them so having two makes for a better
Tablets for kids such as the
Kurio which is an Android tablet with a large surround to support those
The WAE+ stand showed off some
great toys such as Moshi Monsters, Hello Kitty, Play-Doh and even
classic games such as monopoly. The Lego Advent Calendars
are a delight - lovely calendars with something Lego to open and fit
together every day. They don't only sell toys either which makes
this quite an interesting site to look around -
A highlight of The Gadget
Show Live @Christmas is the Live Super Theatre Show that is put on.
A huge Arena with plenty of seating means if you pay the extra part you
can get in to see the show with Presenters from the Channel 5 Gadget
Show TV programme. This was very well put together with fast paced
action showing lots of new gadgets and using the 12 days of Christmas to
bring out the gadgets with the incentive of winning a massive haul of
goodies. The interaction with the audience was brilliant and the
energy was high. Considering the size of the arena area they
certainly ran around a lot. Jason & Polly were the main presenters
whilst bringing on various acts to wow the audience. This was well
worth attending as it was sharp and hilarious at the same time.
Special guests kept appearing keeping that extra dazzle and festive
I would say the whole event
was put on very well. A few hiccups when trying to get into the
Super Theatre such as one person saying go there and another saying no
you need to be up there then going somewhere else and they say no.
Then as going down the escalator to the Theatre the staff were trying to
get everyone to walk down the escalator -- not a practise I would
actively encourage as that could have caused a very nasty accident.
I still had to chuckle seeing
people sat on computer games all around - I suspect they are no
different games to those they are playing at home but they have paid for
We filled a whole day at The
Gadget Show Live @Christmas and still think we could have spent more
time looking at different stands more thoroughly. Its the
best exhibition type event we have been to in a very long time.
By Yolanda Barker 30th November