Massive In Name Only


We’re here at the Massive Technology Show at the beautiful Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. This the first time the show is being held here. Last year it was held at Science World. The Massive Tech show is massive in name only. This show barely takes up half of the Vancouver convention centre display space. You can see all the exhibits in 20 minutes. The Massive Tech Show promises to:

  • Take the “geek” out of technology to empower the everyday user
  • Provide businesses of all sizes with the tools to operate more efficiently, build stronger relationships, and increase profits

The show features a bunch of speakers talking about all things technology and how it can help improve your business. We sat in on the “Blogging for Business” keynote. What waste of an hour. The show floor is filled with companies that want to help you improve your business by selling you their services. Most wouldn’t know what tech is if it came up and bit them on the butt.

There is a gala party tonight at Century House Restaurant & Bar. Unlike the parties I throw in Las Vegas, the bar is not open so you have to pay for your own drinks. Forget that! Oh well, at least we got a video of me testing a Segway. The thing is actually pretty cool. I may buy one.

63 thoughts on “Massive In Name Only”

  1. Yeah those Segways are pretty cool. I was able to try one out last year when in Orlando. Would love one for the beach boardwalk.

    1. Yeah, Segways are lots of fun! I finally got to ride one at Disney World last year in Florida.

      That’s a nice photo of Vancouver. 😎


      1. Yeah, I got to ride one of those about 3 years ago at Science North in Sudbury. Unfortunately they had it keyed to the “slow” speed … I wanted to take that baby out on the road and let it fly! 😆

        1. Jonix says:

          nice transportation :mrgreen:
          what’s the price of a thing like that?

    2. Dave says:

      Haha looks like a lot of fun. They haven’t really became mainstream though.

  2. John,

    That thing’s sweet! Does it use a gyroscope to keep it from tipping over?

    – Erich

    Self Improvement for the Rest of Us…

    1. Marc says:

      Yes, they have built in gyros.

    2. KidBlogger says:

      yep! they have that 😯

  3. Thanks for the Segway review/show, John. I’d love one of these too, especially in the environment I am in now, crowded and low speed to the max. Segway has been an interesting exercise in how _not_ to market a product … it’s amazing they have stayed alive as long as they have … why don’t you start an affiliate sales program for them 😉 ?

  4. Eastwood says:

    Hey I’ll see if I can visit some time. I live in Yaletown 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s a one day show. Was over at 5PM.

      1. Dave says:

        When it only takes 20 minutes to see the show floor, is there a point to running it for more than a day? 😛

    2. KidBlogger says:

      It’s done already 😥

  5. Tyler says:

    The building with the green roof beside Canada Place, what is it supposed to be?

    I was in Vancouver and was taking pictures from Stanley Park and there are just a bunch of cranes there.

    The aerial shot was confusing me! hehe

    1. John Chow says:

      That is the convention centre expansion. It’s not done yet. That photo shows how it will look once it’s complete.

      1. Jonix says:

        It’s very beautiful and huge!
        What will be the real size in m2?

      2. KidBlogger says:

        That’s huge! 😯

  6. MasterSparky says:

    You’re a man of very few words John. Was hoping you would have given your opinion in the video.

    If I’m not mistaken those segways have 6 gyroscopes in them to make sure you don’t fall over. Think a couple of them are redundant as well. What do those sell for now?

    1. Dave says:

      Has John ever uttered a word in any of his videos? I don’t remember… 🙂

  7. The company that builds the gyroscopes for the Segway also includes the very same gyros in their high precision guidance system for rockets. Seriously not kidding.

    1. Jonix says:

      that is total answome. A segway fuelled by rockets, it would be good to see 🙂

      1. Kinda. It’s actually just the gyros that are the shared technology.

  8. MasterSparky says:

    Thats weird. I used to design rockets 😛

    We used some Honeywell products in our latest laser guided rocket 👿

  9. This one isn’t Honeywell, but close. The rocket system is pretty cool from a technological stand point (in case someone doesn’t like rockets). The system takes a “dummy” rocket and just screws in-line without modifying the rocket. Then the gyros do their thing and the rocket follows the laser guidance with some scary precision.

  10. That would have been nice to own one of those. 😀 You would wow the man on the streets. I wonder how fast it can go, though.

    1. John Chow says:

      Not very fast. 12.5MPH.

      1. derrich says:

        For someone that likes fast cars, you sure took it easy on that thing, John. 😈 😉

        1. Dave says:

          Beats walking eh? Though I think I’d rather walk, exercise is always good 🙂

      2. Jonix says:

        It’s alot better than go by foot :mrgreen:

        1. Marc says:

          and here I am using my legs like a sucker…

          1. Dave says:

            Well…I’m using my legs like someone who’s conscientious about their health.

            So there :p

        2. KidBlogger says:

          but it’s a good excercise! :mrgreen:

  11. Jeff Kee says:

    I don’t trust the segways.

    1. Marc says:

      I trust them, I just will never fork out money for them.

      1. Dave says:

        Yeah, I’m sure they work fine…but so do my legs :p

  12. derrich says:

    Remember when thee things were called “it” before they came out? 😳

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I remember when it was called Project Ginger and when they said it would revolutionize the transportation industry…. not so revolutionary.

      1. Marc says:

        I remember those promises as well. It was supposed to be one of the greatest inventions of our time. I’m still waiting for this massive change/revolution to be caused by the Segway. It’s a cute toy and all, but that’s all it is.

  13. Dave says:

    Doesn’t the inventor have some other crazy invention under wrap that he claims will change the world too?

    1. KidBlogger says:

      yea! you got it.. hahahaha :mrgreen:

  14. Kelly Cho says:

    Segways are fun but if everyone starts using it instead of walking to their destination, people will be bigger than they already are!

    1. Jonix says:

      kelly, segways are really cool.
      It’s a very good transportation for going to the job place in a very big traffic city

    2. Marc says:

      No, it’s self regulating. If you’re too big, you’ll break the Segway and have to start walking again 😉

      1. Dave says:

        Haha that’s true Marc.

        Jonix, I think a lot of bigger cities have bylaws regulating the use of segways.

  15. Tyler Ingram says:

    Wasn’t it Bill Gates or someone else famous who actually fell off of a Segway?

    I think Segways would be good for large conventions where there is a lot of walking. But not as a normal mode of transport like other people mentioned it promotes laziness! 😉

    1. Marc says:

      I can hardly navigate through people at a large convention on foot. You want to try and maneuver around on that thing?

  16. That technology show must be a blast. I just might die and go to heaven! What did you think of the Segway? We have been selling them on a site I do web work for and they haven’t been that hot. I think they are cooler than they are practical.

    1. KidBlogger says:

      I really dreamt to go to a tech show, a GOOD tech show! o well here’s :mrgreen:

  17. Josh Rives says:

    There is nothing worse than a poorly executed trade show that no one cares about. But Segways will always be cool. Or what about those stilt shoes?

    1. Jonix says:

      I wish i had one of that segways

    2. Dave says:

      Yeah, I’ve been to a few crappy ones. Exhibited in a few crappy ones :p

  18. Dang, Segways are awesome tho

  19. Chris says:

    Segways look cool. I’d like one but at £4k I could buy a half decent car instead :/

  20. Dean says:

    Wow, that is a very nice picture of Vancouver. I didn’t realize how beautiful the city is.

    Here in Hawaii they let you use Segways on the side walk but I know many cities in the US actually ban it.

  21. Chris M says:

    Nice video, good to see what you are really about 🙂

  22. Segways…you’d think you’re gonna fall off any second. Instead, you start to cruise and end up with a big grin. 😀

  23. jake says:

    very pretty!

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