I've always been a big fan of the Gadget Show and was thrilled to be able to attend the Gadget Show Live this year at Birmingham NEC. The Gadget show is filmed in Birmingham and aired on Channel 5. It's been around since 2004 and each show offers advice on the latest consumer electronics to hit the market and the latest development in gadgets. The Gadget Show is sponsored by Currys PCWorld.
As well as visiting the exhibition and having a nosey at all the latest new technology I also got to see the Live Show in the Super Theatre, get to take a look around back stage and meet and greet with the stars of the TV show. Truly a day to remember.
The show was really good fun, there was some audience participation with some chosen kids in the audience being asked some very difficult questions in return for some nice prizes. (They were given a lot of help with their answers!) We also had a race which was noise activated and we had to shout at the microphones to move our cars into different lanes on the big screens.
There was music provided by Afishal, a visual DJ...check him out,he's brilliant!
and dancing by Feeding the Fish, also brilliant, a visual treat.
Throughout the show prizes were being added to a golf cart for one lucky audience member to win at the end.
Then they had feature on Back to The Future. In the films the main character travels to the future...2015, so they talked about the thing that were mentioned in the film that have been invented now, and those that haven't...like the hoverboard!
Then they brought on Jason Bradbury's brilliant DeLorean made up just like the time machine from the films.
The show finished with more music and dancing and the winner of the prize bundle was announced.
After the show I was able to get a closer look at the DeLorean which was a thrill as I am a huge fan of Back to the Future. Then we went back stage to see how things worked which was all really interesting. I've never been backstage before.
Finally we had a meet and greet with the presenters of the show.
All the presenters were really lovely. I didn't get a photo with Amy Williams M.B.E. but my daughter did. She was thrilled to meet a female group and stated that most females that turned up were either dragged along by their partners or their children. Then she seemed to assume that my daughter had dragged me along when actually it was the other way around. So, yay for female gadget geeks, but don't forget they can also be middle aged female gadget geeks.
We also had chats with Jon Bentley, who has promised to read my blog, Ortis Deley and Jason Bradbury. It was really nice to meet them all.
Then it was time to take a look around the exhibition. I do love going to exhibition and the Gadget show is great in that it's not all focused on buy this buy that but there is so much more to see and do. We watched a great round of Robo Challenge where we watched Little Hitter, Mini Mighty Mouse and Wedgie battle it out, with Little Hitter winning the round.
There were retro games consoles and retro computers you could take a go on. Nothing I'd not really seen before, but nice to see again.
I was fascinated by the 3D printers.
I'm sure that these will soon be quite the norm in many households in the future.
At the Gadget Wheels Race Track you could take a turn on a Segway, a Hovertrax, an Airwheel or an Evolve Skateboard. It looked fun but queues were long.
For the younger kids there was the Kids Tech toy Trail which included Crayola Colour Alive, Real FX, I Que and My Friend Freddy Bear.
The show was a real treat with so much to see and do, and things to buy as well. I'll definitely be going again next year.
Disclaimer: I was given tickets to attend the Gadget Show Live, all thoughts and opinions are my own.