The Media Guru
Oct 2, 2010



ET2010

Convinced by this cool-looking robot, I decided to go for a spin at the Electronic & Technology show at Mer Rouge.
After paying the entrance fee of Rs 25 (wait, what!?), here’s what I saw…

 

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Cooking utensils (NMC). Huh?

 

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More utensils. O_O

 

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A mixer-grinder! Wtf?

 

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& fruits! Did I end up by mistake at a Food show?

 

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Massage chair.

 

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Health Protection Instrument (fancy name, actually a foot massage). Home Appliances Show then?

 

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Photography’s empty stand.

 

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Technorays solar heater. First indication I was at a tech show?

 

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As if it couldn’t get worse, there was also the ever-present Cash & Carry…

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With its mega stand…

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The largest range of TVs…

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& mobile phones…

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& laptops…

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& half unpacked PCs.

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With error screens!

 

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Another computer vendor, who brought along their mascot.

 

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Sharp LED TV & various electronics.

 

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Cameras & the Smart Board at Home2Office.

 

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The media were also present with the MBC.

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Radioplus

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& Le Matinal (giving away complimentary copies of their papers)

 

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The Mauritius Research Council. Only brochures available. & posters of technologies which we already know everything about.

 

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The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre. They brought along a few toys, including this satellite model.

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A fan-powered wind turbine prototype.

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A solar panel prototype.

 

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Among all the stands, there was only one which exhibited a new product – an inverter-based AC.

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The particularity of this AC is that it has no outdoor unit but has air vents & a water outlet.

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Placed directly on the wall using this boring drill.

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The principle of the inverter-based AC is explained on Wikipedia.

Air conditioners bearing the inverter tag use a variable-frequency drive to control the speed of the motor and thus the compressor. The variable-frequency drive uses a rectifier to convert the incoming AC current to DC and then uses pulse-width modulation of the DC current within an inverter to produce AC current of a desired frequency. The AC current is used to drive a brushless motor or an induction motor.

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Standard air conditioners run at constant speed while this one runs at a variable speed, hence uses less electricity & makes less noise. It’s supposed to be around 30% more efficient than conventional AC.

 

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The other thing that caught my eye at the show is this laptop, which I had already seen at Infotech (28th August 2010).

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A reasonably-priced laptop (which I’ll certainly recommend)…

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Until you take a second look at the specs – Core i5-460M & Nvidia GT 420M.
& that’s weird because the GT 420M (with Optimus) was announced on 3rd September 2010 & the i5-460M released (according to Wikipedia) on 26th September 2010.
Even better, the Acer 5742G was officially released on 27th September 2010.

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I can confirm that this is indeed the i5-460M, which has a Windows Experience Index of 6.9, while the i5-450M does 6.5.

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& this is the 1GB version of the GT 420M.

So the question is why was the Acer 5742G released in advance in Mauritius? Figure out…

 

The Last Word

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If you've been to Infotech, you've already seen everything. With bombastic words like Electronic & Technology, I was expecting some decent hardware on show. How disappointed I was when what I found was that not only the expo area was small tiny, non-technology items like cooking utensils, health equipment & ice-cream (which had a dedicated stand) was being exposed. The organisers should probably thank C&C for saving their ass by taking up half of the stands available...
An EPIC FAILURE. Imagine Infotech, but with only a handful of the exhibitors & 10 times worst. That’s what this show was. An absolute waste of time (& money).

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Yashvin said...

Mega TVR! haha

Thanks for the review :-)
A few minutes ago, I read the one at http://www.geekscribes.net/blog/2010/10/02/electronic-and-technology-expo-2010-review/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. Iv quit going for Infotech(since its not a real technology forum), n there is no way i would b making a trip to this so called technology forum u just covered.

Mauritius, cyber island...WT...!!

Yasir said...

LOOOOL!!!! mari rier sa, food expo!!!! orange, legumes etc... FAIL as usual :D

Cash n carry ek so bans laptop touzour..nice review :D

Anonymous said...

Monster truck crushed....

Mike said...

Thanks for that report, love the humour. Food processing technology, nice one!

Mozammil said...

LOL@ the top three pics.

Mauritius still has a long way to go to even think about starting a 'real' technology forum.

#Fail.

Inf said...

Whoa... You went at a time when it was even more deserted!

Sadly, the expo didn't deserve its name. I really thought it'd at least surpass Infotech 2010. Too bad.

A nod at the organizers though, for at least trying to create an Infotech alternative.

And thanks for the linkback. I returned the favor. :D

Tizil Creative said...

OMG what a shame! Well at least we all got a good dose of humour! But this is a sad reality though when thinking that in Japan school kids are building robots and all sorts!

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