Next weekend techies and James Bonds-in-training will be gathering in Birmingham for the Gadget Show Live.
Based around Channel Five’s the Gadget Show, the convention will showcase the latest products from innovative brands such as Dyson, Panasonic, Sony and LG.
As well as communicating in sentences mainly constructed in binary with the occasional model number thrown in, visitors will be able to test out the latest gizmos and witness the technology of the future as part of the events in the show’s theatre zone.
Universities, technological institutes and specialist developers will also be exhibiting their latest feats, including a flying car, mind-controlled games and the latest in augmented reality and gaming where participants can physically become the hero in a Kung Fu game.
Predicting what will be getting gadget geeks excited, the show’s Live event director Matt Hodgins says, ‘3D is going to be huge at the show with a number of manufacturers showing 3D TV, projectors, gaming PCs and movies.’
Hodgins thinks that the current pace of technology makes now a particularly interesting time for the creative industries. He says, ‘For product designers, the major challenge is the sheer pace at which technology is evolving. It is only a few years ago that major phone brands were launching a single new model into the market each year but now expectation is that a variety of new products will be launched each quarter.’
But it’s not mobile phones that have got us excited here at Design Week. Perhaps the most impressive spectacle at the Gadget Show Live will be the Festo AirPenguins – robotic flying creatures that will be let loose in the Future Tech Zone. Let’s just hope they don’t attack.
The Gadget Show runs from 7-11 April at the NEC Birmingham.