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Gadget Show Live, 9-13 April 2014, NEC – www.gadgetshowlive.net

The Delorean time travelling machine from the classic 80s film Back to the Future has been voted the nation’s favourite fictional gadget in a poll commissioned by the Gadget Show Live. 

Gadget Show Live - running 9-13 April at the NEC - is the UK’s leading consumer technology event. 1,500 gadget fans from all over the UK took part in the survey to name their favourite fictional gadgets from the worlds of movies, TV and literature. 

With the invisibility cloak at number four, Marauder’s map at 10 and time-turner at 15, the Harry Potter franchise took top billing for the most gadgets on the list. Star Trek and Despicable Me both featured twice.  

Harry Potter wasn’t the only British brand to appear on the list: Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver took second place and James Bond’s risqué magnetic Rolex scored a ‘respectable’ 14th. The top 20 is listed in full below.   

1  Delorean (Back to the Future) 

2  Sonic screwdriver (Doctor Who)

3  Teleporter (Star Trek)

4   Invisibility cloak (Harry Potter)

5  Light Saber (Star Wars)

6  Hoverboard (Back to the Future)

7 Neuralyzer (Men in Black)

8  Jarvis (Iron Man)

9  Replicator (Star Trek)

10  Marauder’s Map (Harry Potter)

11 Time travelling dream machine (Inception)

12 Jetpack with machine guns (Kick Ass)

13 Universal remote control (Click)

14 Magnetic Rolex (James Bond)

15 Time-turner (Harry Potter)

16 Fart gun (Despicable Me)

17 Willy Wonka’s glass elevator 

18 Lipstick taser (Despicable Me)

19 Proton guns (Ghostbusters)

20 Gadget arms (Inspector Gadget)

Gadget fans were also asked to vote for their favourite fictional heroes and this time everyone’s favourite spy - James Bond - rocketed in at number one. 

1  James Bond

2   Tony Stark (Iron Man)

3   Doctor Who                                                             

4   Batman                                                                          

5   Inspector Gadget                                                     

6   Dr Spock (Star Trek)                                                                    

7   Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible)                                                              

8   Harry Potter                                                              

9   Austin Powers                                                           

10  Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)                                                      

“This survey shows how the British public - kids and adults! - hold a very special place in their hearts for gadgets,” commented Sally Bent, Gadget Show Live event director.

“In the entertainment world, gadgets can make us laugh, inspire us, fill us with awe and engage our imagination to transport us into other lives and other worlds. Who wouldn’t love that?” 


Tickets for Gadget Show Live are available to buy now at www.gadgetshowlive.net

Opening hours for the Gadget Show Live are as follows:

Wednesday 9th April 9:00-17:00

Thursday 10th April 9:00-17:00

Friday 11th April 9:00-18:00

Saturday 12th April 9:00-18:00

Sunday 13th April 9:00-18:00

Gadget Show Live ticket prices:

Please note a £0.99 booking fee applies per purchase in advance

Standard tickets

Adult Wednesday-Friday £15.99

Child Wednesday-Friday £8.99

Adult Saturday-Sunday £17.99

Child Saturday-Sunday £10.99

Super Theatre

Standard (lower) £11.00

Standard (upper) £9.00

Premium £16.00 SOLD OUT

Front row £30.00 SOLD OUT 

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For more information, please contact: 

Charlotte Le Rougetel or Christina Erskine at Bastion on gadgetshowlive@bastion.co.uk or 020 7269 7900. 

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