I walk into the first hall and am greeted by the sight of an 84-inch ultra-HD TV with a large group of people gathered around it.
On the screen is one of the latest racing simulators, running at incredible speeds with realistic lighting effects. The guy driving it is sitting in a chair, which moves in all planes and shakes him violently when he crashes, which he does. A lot.
I wonder to myself what on earth could be powering all this. To his left is what can only be described as a monstrous tower PC. I've never seen a PC so large.
I stand for several minutes watching. I am in tech heaven. Yet there are hundreds more stands to see. Must get cracking.
Best day out
This was my first time at the Gadget Show Live. The Gadget Show is a popular programme on Channel 5. I have to confess I don't watch it but this made no difference to my desire to go to the live show, or to my experiences there.
Held in early April at the NEC, Birmingham, this is the best day out a tech and gadget lover can have.
All of the cutting edge gear is on show and lots of it is for sale. There are talks and demonstrations and a live show featuring the programme's hosts (at an extra cost), all of which you need to prebook to attend.
|The Gadget Show Live|
The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas is at ExCeL in London on 29 November to 1 December 2013. Tickets go on sale next month.
For more details, visit www.gadgetshowlive.net.
On the Saturday I went, everything was sold out, so don't even think of trying to pop along on the day.
There was a reasonable range of refreshments available within easy reach and admission was £20, extra if you want to see the live show.
The exhibition is running again on 29 November to 1 December 2013 at the ExCeL in London and tickets go on sale next month.
If you do go, I recommend taking a credit card. If you can walk out of there without buying something, you're a stronger person than me.
If I was looking to make a big purchase, I would consider waiting until this event. There were good discounts and most companies were willing to haggle. My friend saved £100 on a pair of high-end headphones, to his delight.
It was a busy day but fantastic fun and it was great to talk to the companies about their products.
Trends to look out for? Home automation for the masses is on its way and expect to see 3D printing at home within the next 10 years.
Next year, I'm going for two days.
- Dr Harkness is a GP in Durham