5 high-tech gadgets that give events a futuristic edge

Whether it's robot musicians or passenger carrying drones, there's an ever expanding choice of eye-catching gadgets to make events stand out, says Cvent's Judy Elvey.

As new technologies evolve they open up a range of opportunities for organisers to create amazing experiences for attendees.

Engagement is a key factor for organisers and there are few better ways to immerse guests at an event than with entertaining technology.

Judy Elvey, senior marketing manager, Cvent explains what options can help give events an edge when it comes to delivering on fun.

The Z-Machines

Entertainment at events is usually high on the agenda for organisers. More often than not it’s a combination of live band, DJ or performance act that tops the bill.

A new solution, both futuristic and bold, is the group The Z-Machines. The band is composed entirely of robots, making them capable of musical feats of heroic proportions (and less likely to split).

They are not the only robot band in the entertainment business. Organisers can select a group through X-Factor-style auditions.

360-degree selfie

Taking selfies to the next level can be achieved with relatively inexpensive cameras that can capture 360 degrees spherical images.

This signals a new wave of photography and will change the way people share stories and interact with images across social media platforms. It is also possible to video in 360 degrees, meaning that event videos will take on a new immersive perspective.

One wonders who will be the first celebrity to break social media when this really takes off?

Gesture Control

Sometimes film science-fiction becomes tech fact. It wasn’t long ago that The Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, introduced the concept of gesture control (the ability to control technology through your own movement).

Gesture control lends itself well to the events industry as the ability to control technology through movement is nothing short of cool. On top of this, multi-touch surfaces - combined with gesture control - bring about a deeper level of interaction.

Application in the events industry could be wide reaching, from the inclusion of fun gaming elements at events, to more engaging social media walls.

3D Printing

Advancements in 3D printing make it one to watch even though it’s not new to the tech scene.

As it becomes more affordable, compact and quicker (in terms of replicating objects), 3-D printing can be used at events to allow guests to create their very own personalised memento. Gift bags will never be the same again.  

Passenger-carrying drone

One to look out for is the Ehang 184 passenger drone. This could modernise the way guests arrive at an event or even view the exterior and surrounding areas of an event space.

At the moment, passenger-carrying drones are designed to carry just one individual. A passenger selects the destination using touchscreen technology. Working on auto pilot - but monitored by a command centre - the drone then flies to the destination.

With no manual override function there is no need for a pilot’s licence, so in theory anyone can be a part of this incredible experience.

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