It’s always special when television stations send a reporter to the Life-Changing Products Booth, as opposed to having its curator take a few items into the station. The exhibit is set up so that show-goers can test-ride most of the products in the booth. When a TV reporter comes to the booth, he or she can try them all.
That situation arose at the 43rd Annual Lexington Home and Garden Show in early April, when Meteorologist Jacie Brianne of WTVQ, an ABC affiliate, spent the better part of a morning show in the booth. Jacie filmed three reports — with live weather updates sandwiched in between — that aired live on Friday morning before the show began. The publicity helped draw big crowds to the exhibit, located in the Rupp Arena where the University of Kentucky plays basketball.
The first report dealt with a home-robot invasion in which Jibo told a joke and danced. The second piece included a live demonstration of the June oven, which uses artificial intelligence to know what’s inside and cook it perfectly each time, and a look at the new Levi’s Jacquard, with Google fiber woven into the sleeve.
In the final segment, views of Good Day Kentucky got a look at the Husqvarna automower, The Frame TV by Samsung that doubles as a digital art wall, and a virtual reality display featuring new homes rendered by Builder Homesite.
This was just one of four television appearances during the well-attended show, put on by Show Technology Productions. I also appeared on a WKYT’s morning show on Thursday before the show began, WLEX Live with Lee and Haley, and a WTVQ lunch-time show.