This is not a sales pitch for Windows though and I have no intention of going out and buying a Windows 8 device. At the same time I am not here to knock Microsoft just for the sake of it. The XBOX is undeniably a great gaming device.
The other devices that really caught the eye were 3D printers. At the moment they are fairly pricey at well over £1000 but they are amazing.
Samsung showed off their range of 3D, ultra high defiinition and SMART tvs. I wasn’t that impressed with the SMART television. The idea is that you can use gestures to change settings such as screen size, the program you are watching and selecting movies.
The SMART television can recommend programs based on your previous selections but the thing that lets it down are the controls. You control the SMART TV in the same way you control Kinect. I think that I would end up having a coronary trying to change the channel. There is no way that this is better than using a remote control. My son tried out the television and kept apologising for not being able to do as the person giving the demonstration was asking. A television shouldn’t be that hard to control.
Nintendo were demonstrating the power of the WII U and I predict that this Christmas the WII U will be the number one toy. The games on offer were standard fair with a new version of Mario and the impressive Lego City.
Just going through the first room took 4 hours and I barely scratched the surface. At that point in time I had no idea that room 2 was tech heaven.
The second room had banks and banks of computer games including a whole wall showing the history of computers including the Atari 2600, Sinclair 48k Spectrum, the Commodore Amiga 1200 and Sega Saturn.
EA Sports had a games truck with the FIFA challenge where I managed to come 2nd three times in a row missing out on the goodie bag each and every time. On the 4th time I gave up after a 10 year old managed to beat the record for the whole week.
Outside the EA Sports truck there were some people more serious about their work. Banks of computers all set up to play Alienware. The general public weren’t playing though. Teams of gamers with shirts, sponsors and nicknames battled it out in a keyboard and joystick frenzy.
Next to the gaming area another competition was taking place. Teams of Robot Engineers showed off their latest robots in a Robot Wars competition.
The highlight of the experience however is the live stage show. Pollyanna and Jason were joined on stage by a previous presenter called Jon Bentley.
The show was presented in the format of “Tour of the gadget world” and each segment was designed to highlight gadgets from different parts of the world. In reality the show was pure entertainment with a few gadgets thrown in and a lot of prize giveaways and throwaway entertainment.
The show started with the audience taking part in an interactive computer game where the audience as a whole controlled a computer character running through the luggage lounge trying to avoid obstacles in order to get to the gate. To direct the character the audience had to lean left or right and say jump to jump.
Impressive parts of the show included mind controlled skateboards and the folding bike powered by an electric rocket pack.
So what has this article got to do with Linux? Absolutely nothing. The only thing you will have learned is that maybe Windows 8 isn’t as bad as first feared and that if you want a really good tech experience visit “The Gadget Show Live” in Birmingham, England next year.
“The Gadget Show” is back on air in June 2013 and there will be 4 hosts this time. Along with Jason and Pollyanna there will be the return of Jon Bentley and new girl, Rachel Riley who up until recently has been on Channel 4’s Countdown.
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