gdgt live in San Francisco wrap-up.
Huge thanks to all the gadget lovers who came out for gdgt live in San Francisco last week. It was definitely one of our best events yet.
The City View room at METREON in downtown San Francisco was packed! Over 1,200 tech enthusiasts — including some who lined up as early as 11am — joined us to check out the newest gear and services from our 44 sponsors.
Here’s a quick recap, along with some of our favorite photos from the event. Don’t forget to check out all of the photos from the show onFlickr.
gdgt is a great place to learn about the latest and greatest smartphones, and so is gdgt live, where our sponsors showed off their newest devices. Nokia was on hand with all its new Windows Phones, including theLumia 920.Motorola showed off theDroid RAZR MAXX HD,Huawei had theD1 Quad XL,and HTC let our guests go hands-on with the gdgt Must-haveDroid DNA.And you could get a peek at the inside of your smartphone thanks to the X-ray machine Qualcomm Spark had with them.
With the holiday season in full swing, devices to amp up your home theater and sound system were plentiful at gdgt live. If you’re too busy shopping to watch all your favorite holiday specials, devices like DISH Network’s terrificHopper whole-home DVR system,Sony’sInternet TV NSZ-GT1,and the newTiVo Premiere,are perfect for recording and watching all the action. Or you can take your favorite shows with you with Sling’sSlingbox 500andSlingbox 350.And you can watch videos stored on your home network on any almost any device using Twonky’s media streaming software.
And we’ve got music lovers covered as well. DTS showed off its newPhorus PS1WiFi speakers, which double as a charging dock for your Android smartphone. If you prefer Bluetooth speakers, Antec was there with its coolSP1,and Logitech was showcasing theUE Boombox.
Speaking of audio, gdgt live got pretty loud, thanks to Sonos, which showed off two Sonos “towers,” each built with several of their amazing Play:3units.
Kobo made its first appearance at gdgt live and showed off some very cool eReaders like theKobo ArcandKobo Mini.Other big-name newcomers to gdgt live included Outlook.com, Microsoft’s new online version of the venerable email service, and Dolby, which treated a couple of hundred lucky guests to a free screening of Rise of the Guardians to showcase their Dolby Atmos audio technology.
Our attendees walked away with plenty of great gifts of their own. They had a choice of a free gdgt t-shirt or a fantastic iPhone case courtesy of Speck. Some guests were even lucky enough to win gear from companies including SugarSync, iRobot,Sony,Boxee,andLogitechvia our Twitter contests (winners notified soon).
Finally, one gadget that really wowed attendees was theKubifrom Revole Robotics, a rotating tablet stand that you control over the web for more interactive video-calls and other remote applications.
Of course, we want to thank all our sponsors. These are the brands that make it a priority to be at gdgt live so they can interact face-to-face with you, show you their gear and services, and listen to your feedback. That’s pretty cool.
We’ll be posting details on the 2013 gdgt live schedule very soon. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again in 2013 with even more amazing sponsors.