Well having just returned from the Christmas Gadget Show, we thought you’d all like some photos and video footage from the event.
We went through a couple of hurdles throughout the day. One was the transport, London is not the easiest or the cheapest place to get around. Second was how packed everything is. The event was fairly quiet compared to some I’ve attended but London never seems to calm down and so always seems like it’s on crack cocain 24/7.
I guess third and final big issue for us was prices. Two of us ended up ordering from the Pizza Express children’s menu to get something reasonably priced. Drinks were £2.55 for a can of pop. This is the sort of thing that really ruins your day. And worst of all is the fact you can’t pretend it’s a treat either, the food often tastes of reheated cardboard which wreaks any illusion of luxury food for the inflatable price.
Some of you are probably saying I should expect this in London. Sorry, I completely disagree. If I pay a tenner for a pizza for one person, I expect it to fill me up, not make me feel like I’ve had a snack.
Otherwise we all enjoyed the day. The event was full of cool tech and amazing ideas. We even got some hands on time with the PS4 at the event. Sony had a big presence at the show with Microsoft looking like they blew their advertising budget on a huge American car with one Xbox One in the back. A couple of PS4 indie games were available to play along with Killzone Shadow fall and Assassins Creed 4 on offer. Both played beautifully on the console with the crashes reserved for our gaming session on the Xbox 360 with Battlefield 4.
I have to mention the PS4 controller as it was my first time with it. It felt great, firmer, heavier and with much better triggers on the back. The touch pad on the front also worked with a very snappy response from its use.
As for other tech, we saw some great flying drones, a selection of battery packs to extend or recharge your mobile devices on the go, some incredibly fun remote control R2 D2’s and Google Android inflatable toys. Along with some extra cool stuff including a curved display with custom hardware running a F1 simulation. Check out our photos and the below video for some bits and pieces of what we saw.
Sony showing us that their new smartphone really can survive water
He even had a oxygen tank on
Us attempting to get the external Sony camera to attach to the phone, it didn’t work for us
The new Waterproof Sony Xperia Z
We even did our own drop test
A shell of a PS4, presumbly so nobody could nick it. Only held down with velcro though
The two together, ahhhh….
They had a couple new cars on show, mostly electric or hybrids
The Gadget Show Combat Ops
Zoe’s favourite little minion, all lost in the wilderness
A part of the toy store
Another part of the toy store
One of the new remote control toys
New kids tablet
All sorts of people testing new bikes around the Christmas race course
A loner trying to catch up with the pack
Some pretty snazzy looking bikes
We all wanted one of these
Your standard bike, with flame thrower, spike launcher and 50.Calibre MG
Robot Wars, almost
Some either dead or revived robots
There was a whole graveyard there
We both thought this looked cool, but a fiver entry, after tickets and food. No thanks
Electric bikes, for those who can’t be arsed to cycle
They certainly had a selection
A one wheeler, the Reliant Robin of bikes
Some more cool pics of the Top Gear Simularion
And the man himself
The one and only Xbox One
A cool arcade
With plenty to do
Now this looks cool, a curved display with an F1 Racer
The Gamestick in public, it look good, so did the controller
Up close and personal
Need this in my gaming room
The overpriced, overated and over everything menu for PIzza Express
The same size as a can of pop, 330ml for £2.55
Both Zoe and her brother tried the kids meals, they we still expensive
The holy grail
The O almost looks like a picture frame
The only Xbox One experience available at the show, think the car cost too much
Now this is what we need. At £2000 for the cheapest model though, not just yet
Six players can play at one time
Game had a booth there too, not much special going on though
Are you ready to RUMBLE?
They had a couple small show sections at the show
Minecraft, the only game to be packed when everything else was empty
Touch screen laptops, what a silly idea
Oh, Windows 8! Only joking
Its taking a nap
A Lenovo tablet with keyboard dock
A huge touch screen PC
Some big speakers
Oh it looks so neat and tidy in person
It only had a USB port at the back though, a dead give away for a fake. They should really up there quality control
A new 3D tv
Look through the glasses
The Surface 2, keyboard lacked any feedback
Nice kickstand though
Battery packs for mobile devices
And a Hannspree tablet
Who wants a new coffee table, to scare the shit out of people at night?
Or this one
Okay, who brought an army?
These looked great but had some steep costs involved
Some new Bluetooth headphones, normal price, £120, show price £70
Look at that pretty building. We all agree not to visit London again though.
The kids pizza