FlipkartOutdoors Indiblogger Meet

An outdoor meet for bloggers sounded different and the #FlipkartOutdoors #Indiblogger meet at the sprawling Mango Mist Resort in Bangalore, definitely didn’t disappoint with an awesome outdoor experience and the latest gizmos to boot.As the executive from Flipkart said “On the go” devices are here to stay and are witnessing a huge boom. People want to relive their experiences more and that’s where technology comes to their aid.

We were divided into teams and each team got to use some cool gadgets for a couple of hours. Our team consisted of Seema , Abhishek , Mahesh , Priya, Rohit, Mayuri, Sushmita, Suresh, Radha and Rajesh.

The activities lined up were not for the faint-hearted and included Rock climbing, Zip Line, Burma Bridge,Rope Ladder,Quake Walk, Land & Water Zorbing and more !

Activities

As we were still trying to muster our courage, our Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band beeped ! A cool gadget with an activity tracker which promises to get you off your back.It alerts you if you have been sitting glued to your laptop for a good bit of time and sets a fitness goal based on your current activity level.It even has a sleep monitor which monitors body activity during the night.

Priya was wearing the trendy looking Garmin Forerunner Smartwatch.With an ability to show routes and metrics like speed, distance etc., it’s a great watch for runners. Nowadays when everything is smart and well-connected, it’s no surprise that though it’s positioned as  a sports watch, it has all the features of a regular smartwatch like phone notifications.

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Garmin Fitness Band and Forerunner

Most of the rope activities required a good grip. And it is a pity that we didn’t have the Red Chief shoes which promised superior grip while being surprisingly light weight and flexible.

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Red Chief

From our team, Abhishek attempted the rope ladder and had a free fall onto a trampoline. And he had just the right device to capture these moments. A Polaroid Cube for those who want to capture action as it happens ! Its a neat small cube which you can fit wherever you want.An armband,on a dogs collar or a remote controlled toy car. It can even be taken under water with a special waterproof case.

If you want to see what it can do, take a look at this video.

The Polaroid team also showed us the Polaroid Snap,an instant digital camera which was a throwback to our earlier times, when such cameras used to exist. It’s an interesting
modern avatar of the olden version  and prints the picture immediately using an ink-less printing method.

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Polaroid Cube and Snap Camera

Coleman had some cool camping gear on display including ice-boxes, camping accessories, chairs and even a portable western loo ! The only thing which was puzzling was that it needed a pipe inlet.There was a prize for the fastest team who completed putting up the Coleman tent. So we timed our tent making to just 2 mins 40 secs but the fastest team did it in 1 min 50 secs !

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Coleman Camping Gear

Tent

After all those activities, I looked at my pulse rate. 142 said my cool Samsung Gear 2 Classic Smart watch. Promising to look after both the health goals and convenience.It syncs to the phone for notifications and can play songs from the phone.It monitors calories and even suggests meal plans.Of course, it cant tell if you are lying if you input the wrong calorie intake. It had some cool Samsung Apps and I really liked it’s sleek fit.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic

After all these exhausting adventures, there was also a nice fish pond where you could relax . And if you needed a spot of music, you had the hardy Altec Lancing Mini LifeJacket wireless speakers.Immune to water and very rough handling, it’s a blue tooth speaker designed to withstand the rough and the tough of treks and hikes. And if you are a biker or a cyclist, nothing like a pair of Altec Lancing Bluetooth Active Earbuds which promise to never fall off.It’s special holder fits into the groove
of the ear and is connected to your phone via bluetooth.

Sony was there too with its range of digital and action cameras !

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Sony cameras

And in between all these gadgets and adventure,was a chance to meet some really cool people and their awesome blogs. Hurrah for Team 5 !

Blogger Friends
Thanks to Indiblogger & Flipkart for managing the logistics so well including arranging the buses from central points !!

And here’s some awesome pics Flipkart put up.

Flipkart Pics of the Indiblogger Event

 

 

ASUS Indiblogger Meet

Indiblogger announced the ASUS meet,
I too rushed in to reserve my seat.
We got off to a rocking start,
With ear splitting music , my drums threatened to part.

Then waiters came laden with goodies,
A treat to all the foodies.
But vegetarian fare far and few,
I finally spotted some and got my due.




A game we played of sharing personal stuff,
People gave all things, including their fluff.
Some gave a key chain and some, a chocolate,
But some, over a ginger and clove too, met.

Old friends I met and some strangers too,
Shared laughter and banter flew.
When Bloggers meet, they wait to spring,
At slightest hint, their blog and writing.

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Then came Asus Product Manager Mr Chu,
Who gave a presentation of all features new.
PC ET2040 and EeBook 205,
ASUS promises to be a competitive buy.

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Fun and games again for a bit,
Showcasing blogging in a skit
But finally it was time for the awaited event
Minor obstacles were not a deterrent.

Off we ran towards the food
To be in time before the brood
Heaped plates and conversations collude
Spreading bonhomie with every morsel chewed.

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Finally I too headed back satiated,
And hope you will not leave this post unappreciated.
And forgive me these cheesy lines,
For bloggers come in all shades and kinds.

Apps, Wine and Food – Nokia Apptasting in Bangalore

Nokia Apptasting
The latest differentiating factor in the smartphone world is Apps or as Rajiv Makhni put it, quote unquote the last customization possible today in technology. As a consumer in today’s rapidly changing market, where every app becomes yesterday’s news even before its launched,I was eager to know more. So my attendance was a foregone conclusion when I found an invitation from Indiblogger featuring Nokia Apptasting which promised fine apps and fine wine.The fact that the show was to be hosted by Rajiv Makhni, a popular tech show host and Vikas Khanna,the celebrity chef from NY, increased the glamor factor even more.

As I drove towards the venue, ITC Gardenia, I had my navigation-app voice guide me. For someone who has been directionally challenged for ages, having this app gave me enormous independence.As I entered the plush lobby of ITC Gardenia, I saw several bloggers waiting with anticipation.Some were clearly techies and some were hard core foodies and I wondered at this interesting potpourri of tech and food.I shared a table with some very interesting bloggers – 2 food bloggers, 1 Travel blogger and couple of bloggers with personal blogs and memoirs.

Nokia was represented by their Country head – corporate communications, Poonam Kaul and she made an interesting statement in her opening address – How many of us actually thought apps were still technology ? The import of this became became increasingly clear as the show proceeded.

Soon Rajiv and Vikas made the grand entry amidst roaring applause and they held the audience spell bound – Rajiv through his wit and quick repartee and Vikas through his simplicity and understated elegance.We started with Blogger introductions which was tailored like an elevator pitch on why they blog and amidst a lot of them, I managed to remember a few – An elderly gentleman who spoke about building the ‘character bank’ of India, a young man in striped shirt who got 4 girl friends through his blog, married the 5th and had a child with the 6th :), a 10-year old blogger who blogged to express his personal feelings. Wow, it sure was liberating to see how technology has empowered lives by removing all barriers. Just as I was wondering of how we would get through the 250+ bloggers who were in the room, they announced a cut off after 30 bloggers.Though it was a bit of disappointment not to meet all the bloggers, it was understandable, otherwise we would just be ‘Chaar baj gaye lekin party abhi baki hai..’

What followed next was Nokia apps showcased along with plenty of audience engagement built around it. The apps that were chosen were picked from various categories like entertainment, food, navigation and all of them effectively translated their relevance in current times.

I witnessed an app which makes a funny Charlie Chaplin style video in less than two minutes. Vikas and 2 others from the audience were the chosen bakras for a mock ramp walk which was converted almost immediately to a CC style video in black & white complete with sound effects. An app which suggests the wine based on the food served and the audience was served Sauvignon Blanc wine with fried chicken to check out the app’s suggestion !

An app which gives you an alcohol test and tells you if you are fit enough to drive provided one is not sozzled enough to operate that app ! An app which tutors you to dance in Gangnam style and we saw this in action when a group of audience performed some of Psy’s captivating moves 🙂 though must say even an app cant teach you how to get that expression !

The event would not have been complete without a quiz and so a tech-food quiz was thrown in and lots of prizes won including some Nokia Lumia. The final event ‘Your wish is my app’ was selection of the best app suggestions from the audience. The app which won the prize was the idea of accessory shopper ‘AccsApp’ which would help women spot their favorite accessories and shop for them. I personally liked one which suggested taking pictures of the potholes along with their GPS positions and uploading it on Facebook for gathering likes which could then enable sending alerts to the local MLAs/Contractors.Talk about an app changing the face of citizen involvement in governance !

We then proceeded to have a sumptuous dinner along with a brief tête-à-tête with other bloggers before heading home.

Thanks to Nokia and Indiblogger team for organizing this event !