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  • jabber - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    The Gadget Show??? I must admit I don't know anyone that watches that show anymore. It was okay originally when they group tested the latest cameras and deep fat fryers but now it's all stupidly expensive Arab prince playthings. It comes to something when the cheapest stuff they show are Apple products. A reality disconnect. Oh and the presenters are dicks too. Reply
  • hughlle - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    Have to agree. It's in the name. Gadget. An igloo 360 degree gaming experience does not really fal into the notion of a gadget for me, considering the level of sophistication, let alone the size of the thing. Reply
  • IanCutress - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    There are two different markets for gadgets - the consumer or the business. Now I can't imagine an individual having a 360 gaming experience in the home unless they have the space and the cash, but there is scope for businesses to hire them for events, or use them as marketing tools to build new clients. In that sense, they are very much a gadget from my POV.

    Also the 'Live' show floor has very little to do with the OTA TV programme, except in name and advertising. There are corollaries between items featured in the TV Show and the event, mostly by virtue that the company making the product wants to advertise it to the event audience. Not once did I see or bump into any of the Gadget Show presenters.

    The TV broadcast doesn't specialise in any real field; their market is the non-enthusiast. As such, the non-enthusiast may not appreciate being told the difference between 18 different smartphones or laptops, only one or two, and they don't really care about the motherboard as they buy systems prebuilt. And in much the same way that Top Gear doesn't really review anything for regular people, TGS veers into that high end space more often than not in order to show 'here's something in the high end space''.

    Ian
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  • Modjo30 - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Guess you don't watch it ever then because they are always testing the cheaper items, they were testing the latest touch screen camera's on the latest episode, costing £199 and £299, i wouldn't call that arab prince playthings really, However it is a bit like Top gear, an awful lot of people are interested in seeing these amazing gadgets and what peoples minds have thought up, you go back to your farm and your armish lifestyle Reply
  • cjs150 - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    The presenters are not dicks, they are too juvenile for their balls to have dropped yet.

    It is a show made by 9 year old boys for 9 year old boys (but with a pretty women as one of the presenters in case the 9 year old's elder brother (13) ends up watching it). Shame because some of the tech is truly interesting.
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  • takuan2uk - Saturday, April 06, 2013 - link

    Hi, I used to be a Gadget Show fan as well, but it has long ceased to be a show aimed at techies and gadget freaks. As is common with many programs it has dumbed down and become more sensationalised so as to appeal to a wider audience. You can tell that they're milking it for all it's worth when they sent one of the presenters to Italy just to test out some (rather ordinary) headphones! Reply
  • AncientWisdom - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    Great write up, definitely some interesting ideas and gadgets presented.

    very interested in a follow-up of the Gunnar products as well as the group robot stuff which I find very stimulating intelligently speaking.
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  • NobleKain - Monday, April 08, 2013 - link

    AncientWisdom ~
    Following this write-up, I went and bought a pair of the Gunnar's (Wi-Five model). I love them! My assumption is that since I have a FSA (health savings account) that I haven't yet touched, I can probably get them reimburesed given their purpose (Note: I have not yet attempted reimbursement, so don't trust that it is possible... I just assume it is).

    Anyway, I have had my pair since last Friday (4/5/13). I absolutely love them. I'm a comp programmer, so I spend 8+ hours a day in front of my PC, followed by an evening of reading on my iPad mini. They make a HUGE difference, but you should note: it takes awhile to get used to them (it took me a little over an hour). While the magnification is minor, it's enough to "weird" out your eyes. I presume this is because your eyes are used to working harder. Whatever the reason, it takes a bit to get comfortable with them, but after the hour, I can now wear them without issue. Also, I no longer need a "warm-up" to them. They simply work comfortably.

    Another caveat; the magnification REDUCES the clarity of anything more than 10ft. away. Again, this is very, very minor, but it is worth noting. These won't be all-day replacements for all activities. These are single-purpose glasses, IMO... looking at computer screens.

    I got the yellow'd tinted versions, and I'd suggest you do the same, unless you NEED the clear versions.

    Anyway, as a customer, I'm very happy with my purchase - and if I'm correct that I can use my FSA funds, I'll be even happier. Either way, it's worth it (I paid $106 after tax). I'm tempted now to get a pair for home, so I don't have to bring these ones back and forth.
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  • dylan522p - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    Great write up, but I feel like the gadget show is not about gadgets. Reply
  • jabber - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    We used to go to the Stuff show at the end of the year. Then the next day we visited Selfridge's home entertainment and computer dept. We found 95% of the gear on show at the Stuff show in there...and it didn't cost anything to go in.

    Suffice to say we don't bother paying/visiting that many gadget/tech shows these days.
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  • MarkSear - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    I'm from the UK - moved to Toronto in Canada a year a go almost to the day. I love the Gadget Show and still watch it through 5 OnDemand (UK TV Channel) over a VPN connection.

    Seriously though - please correct the facts about the UK?

    Movies are available to buy on Blu-ray / download / rent on demand 3 months after release. Often movies are released in theatres before the US and Canada.

    As for product releases being delayed in the UK - erm BlackBerry Z10, Samsung S3 / S4, a whole plethora of motor vehicles, TV shows etc...

    20 % VAT on goods - yes, but you're not a UK resident I presume - so you're exempt.

    As for complex stuff - the EU is a single market - you even have the advantage often of buying good in Euro's - fair's fair now - there's a good chap!
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  • Tams80 - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    True, but you can't really complain about the TV shows. The ones your referring to will be British made/commissioned ones and therefore unsurprisingly will be released in the UK first. Although it has got better, we do still have to wait for US TV shows to cross the imaginary Internet ocean (of course the same applies for out TV shows). Don't get me started on anime though!

    We also don't get some technology products at all and they are often more expensive even when you take in to account VAT.
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  • Death666Angel - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    "yes, but you're not a UK resident I presume - so you're exempt."
    Dr. Ian Cutress is very much a resident of the UK. Unless I've been misled by the podcasts and his reviews all this time. :)
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  • IanCutress - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Dear Mark,

    I am very much British and live in London, having lived in the north, south, east and west of this green and pleasant land.

    There has been in the past delays of certain titles and products from NA to the UK/EU - for example a big film like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005) was released 10-Jul-05 in the US and 29-Jul-05 in the UK. This is more common than you may realise, and up to 3-6 months does occur.

    Yes, you can go buy in Euros, on the basis that you have to pay to change GBP to EUR (commission or bad rates), then extra for company X to ship it to you, then import tax (20%) to get it across the border. So unless it is 25%+ cheaper in continental Europe, you are still paying through the nose. They closed the loophole regarding Jersey and Guernsey recently, so even 'importing' from there is now subject to import tax.

    I know my country, I was blooming born and raised here mate! :)

    Ian
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  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    You don't have to pay the import tax if you're buying from another EU-country. Reply
  • smilingcrow - Saturday, April 06, 2013 - link

    Exactly, no import duty or VAT.
    Import tax varies depending on the category so is not a fixed 20%.
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  • poohbear - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    lol how in the hell is that igloo house a gadget???? Reply
  • poohbear - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    its like going to a car show and seeing trucks and planes! who comes up with this stuff? Reply
  • evonitzer - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    How many products at CES could be called 'consumer electronics'? It really doesn't matter since the show is about displaying interesting things whether or not they are actually feasible for the general consumer.

    I can't believe people are griping about the igloo! That looks fantastic and I want it for my home.
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  • nerd1 - Thursday, April 04, 2013 - link

    Nao humanoid robots are made by a french company :-) Reply
  • hrrmph - Sunday, April 07, 2013 - link

    Ahh yes, but Amazon.co.uk has had the Netgear D6300 WiFi-ac Router / ADSL Modem for 6 months or so. Currently at a mere £170 ($270).

    Amazon.com in the US only just got that listed and only in the Amazon Market Place from 2 third-party sellers. The French seller only wants $410, while the Irish seller wants $450.

    I had to import my Blackberry Z10 from Canada; my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from Dubai, and my old Philips X523 Dual-SIM from China.

    If you are a global thinker, the world is full of apparently "locked washrooms on the highway of life." They can be overcome, but, as you rightly pointed out, it will cost you.

    Oh and a UK seller just last week refused to send to the USA some snorkeling gear that is otherwise out of stock elsewhere. Guess that one would cost a plane ticket and the old "ship to hotel room at LHR Terminal 5" trick or ship to friends house in Europe. Been there, done that, on both sides of the Pond.

    Not picking on any one country here, but if you think globally, trade barriers are everywhere.

    They exist from currency (why does pound sterling demand a 60% premium over the dollar?) to restricted shipping (already covered) to restricted availability (hey Hollywood, how about those DVDs that Obama gave to the Queen that couldn't be played in the UK) to lack of standardization (hate the big British electrical plugs and the whole American special "letter sized" paper thing is inefficient compared to the new world standard A4).

    How about the ridiculously un-Spock-logical date format that the USA uses. Who puts the medium sized (medium granuled) units first, the finest units in the middle, and the coarsest ones at the end. We do!

    Umm... didn't we lose an interplanetary mission because we Americans couldn't be bothered to switch to metric like the rest of the world. I think the chimps will be converted to metric before we do.

    And, whats this quaint thing where Europe has a political union, but still cannot agree on a unified language to trade in. Arabs have a common formal language across 2 continents. Why cannot 'The Continent' do the same?

    Driving on the left? I'm tired of switching my brain back and forth depending on who's territory it happens to be in. The right generally prevails worldwide. The left has lost. Let the former empire get over it and get its roads properly untwisted.

    Are we solving the world's problems yet? The first step is admitting there is a problem.

    Okay, that's enough for now. Maybe the kids can fix this irrational mess that we've been unable to. ;)

    -
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  • IglooGaming - Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - link

    Glad you enjoyed the dome. We are well aware of some of the issues and these will be ironed out in the next few months. We have some big collaborations lined and hopefully we can launch this very soon. The beauty is that we can take any game made for Trinity and play it immediately in the dome. Also we need to work on the control system, which we have in development. This will be much more accurate. If you want to know more please contact ian@igloovision.com Reply
  • DeviceSquad - Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - link

    I went to the SadGit Show on Friday and it was more of the same tat, aside from maybe six items we highlighted on our Device Squad website. Reply

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