by Spode

Hello! Spode here reporting from the Gadget Show Live 2011 at the NEC in Birmingham. This week I’m keeping an eye on what NVIDIA is doing in sunny Birmingham (that’s Birmingham UK) and generally checking out what’s looking good in consumer tech.

Yesterday I witnessed the frantic set up operation taking place, taking flat-packed booths and bringing them to their glorious shiny life at impressive speeds. In due course the public will be packing the halls but today was the opening day for press and trade. It’s a chance to ease into the chaos that will be the weekend.

So what can you expect if you’re one of the lucky ones to have a Gadget Show Live ticket? (They’re sold out, by the way – sorry) Well, the NVIDIA stand sums up two of this year’s major trends, 3D and tablets. There are racing simulators which combine Panasonic 3D TVs with NVIDIA GeForce PCs plus force feedback gaming chairs for a truly immersive spin round the track, not to mention Crysis 2 running in glorious 3D Vision on a 103” Panasonic TV. I think we’re going to need a bigger living room…

And when it comes to mobile there’s plenty going on there too. NVIDIA Tegra is powering the gleaming ranks of phones and tablets flexing their dual-core Android goodness for all to enjoy – from the Motorola Xoom and Atrix 4G to the ASUS Transformer, LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Pad, they’re all here.

As well as seeing what’s new, elsewhere at the show there’s a museum dedicated to the technology of yore, and a retro gaming area. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come – and you’ll come out either feeling very old or very lucky.

I’ve put together a quick video with some of my favourites bits of kit so far, above, from bikes to robot wars, quick drying silicon putty to robot vacuum cleaners! You’d be hard pressed to get bored here, that’s for sure.

I’m blogging here all week with some more in-depth looks at the technology on display and interviews with key people – stay tuned!

PS – There’s more Gadget Show Live goodness from NVIDIA on Twitter (@NVIDIA_UK) and our brand new uk.GeForce.com site.