I'm happy to announce that we're launching a little event series here in San Francisco called CNET Showcase. Our goal is to bring local tech enthusiasts together to talk about new consumer technologies with the people who are studying them and making them. And--bonus!--we want to give folks a chance to get their hands on new stuff in a more relaxed and educational environment than a store or giant jam-packed trade show.
Our first event is less than a week away, on Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. We'll be bringing in five vendors of 3D technology to showcase their products for our audience. We've got Acer, LG, Nvidia, Panasonic, and Samsung sending products to show off. Before the demos open, I'm going to have an onstage talk with 3D experts David Katzmaier of CNET Reviews and Andrew Eisner, director of content for Retrevo. Both of these guys know 3D inside and out.
We'll be streaming the pre-demo part of the event live on CNET TV in the Reporters' Roundtable channel, and replaying it starting Friday. (The replay will stand in for my usual Friday episode of Reporters' Roundtable, which will return on April 16.)
The event is free to attend but requires tickets. The first batch of seats has already been snapped up by my Twitter followers and people who heard me talk about this show on one of the podcasts I do. But there is a waiting list and I am currently assigning tickets to people on it as we finalize the seating arrangements and release tickets from people who say they won't be able to make the event. Put your name down here to sign up.
Check back on the new CNET Showcase blog for the replay of the first event on April 9!