Posted in CES, events, podcasts, Speaking Engagements, tagged CES, Consumer Electronics Show, events, kidzvuz, Microsoft, Podcasts on February 1, 2012 |
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My blog has become a neglected child as the new year blew in and with it a flurry of activity for KidzVuz.com. Trying to find balance between my various online and offline endeavors has not been easy – and I won’t even talk about work/life balance because I’ve already referred to my blog as one of my children. Never a good sign.
So, while I vow to myself not to forget the reason I did all this to begin with – to write – I figured I’d do a totally cheating thing to do and catch up with the Top 5 Awesome Moments and Events I Forgot to Write About In January:
1. KidzVuz.com was named one of Cool Mom Tech’s Top 15 Coolest Websites of 2011! We were pretty excited to be chosen alongside Pinterest and the Amazon Android Marketplace. Now we’ve got even more to live up to this year.
2. CES 2012! Gadgets and gizmos galore of course, like the fabulously curvy and light Sony S Tablet and the Live Streaming enabled new Sony BloggieLive . I was lucky enough to be given both to try out and will be reporting back in the month ahead. To get a better idea of all the great new techie products we saw at CES check out these TWO Blogging Angels Podcasts taped live at CES!
High Atop CES With Ben Rudolph (recorded in the Microsoft Booth)
CES Wrap-Up with TechMama (that’s Beth Blecherman to you Luddites!)
3. CES Press. Nancy Friedman and I had two great interviews while at CES for KidzVuz. One aired live and hasn’t been reposted yet so stay tuned. The other was on the Pulse Network with Butch Stearns and you can watch it here.
4. Also at CES I spoke on a panel about mom bloggers and brands during the Living in Digital Times Summit with Beth Blecherman of TechMamas and Cool Mom Tech and Stacy DeBroff of Mom Central. The panel was moderated by Lori Schwartz of McCann Worldwide and included a really interesting presentation about mom influencers across all spheres. I hope to publish the report when it becomes available next month. Basically, it showed how incredibly influential moms are to each other – whether on the playground or online, and how that translates into all sorts of magic (or tragedy) for brands. Good stuff.
5. Finally we’ve been planning our first event of the year, co-hosting the grand opening party for 50 mom bloggers and their families to celebrate the opening of the new J&R Jr. store in downtown Manhattan. I am so incredibly excited to be working with J&R since I basically grew up in the music store. Seriously. But that will be its own post coming soon.
And that’s what you missed last month on Beccarama.com.
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As if BlogHer weren’t awesome enough we threw a huge party for over 300 women bloggers in conjunction with The Big Toy Book. Along with all of the fantastic toy and game sponsors like Adora, Leapfrog, Xbox 360 Kinect, Briarpatch, Shainsware, Activision and many more - we were lucky enough to have Microsoft lend us 6 gorgeous PCs for the event so we could display the kid-generated sponsor reviews all over the party space. As if super cool toys weren’t enough, our guests were also admiring the laptops in funky colors and spectacular displays. If you’re still back to school shopping for a PC check these out!
- Pink Dell Inspiron 14R: 1st generation Intel Core i5 processor, 640GB HDD, 4GB RAM, Starts at $549
- HP Pavilion DV6 in navy blue: 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor, comes in umber, red, blue, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, $749
- Sony VAIO C in neon green: 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor, up to 750GB HDD, up to 8GB RAM, comes in 6 bright colors, starts at $749
- Acer TimelineX in blue: 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor , 13.3” display, 4 GB RAM, 500 HDD, $793.23
- ASUS N53JQ: 1st generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 640GB HDDpremium sound, all aluminum chassis, $900
- Toshiba E305: 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor, 640GB HDD, 6GB RAM, backlit keyboard, Best Buy Blue Label PC, $849
We loved getting the kid reviews for our sponsors before and after the event and now we have a little taste of what it would be like to be Santa Claus. There is something very rewarding about handing a 30 pound swag bag full of truly awesome products to very happy and excited guests! And we really loved working with the amazing women at The Big Toy Book: Laurie Shacht, Reyne Rice and the outrageously hard working and creative Corine Ingrassia. Next time in New York City!!
Here’s a glimpse of the photostream from the unbelieavably fun and fantastic Sweet Suite 11 Party at BlogHer 11. It was a special night and a great way to kick off BlogHer 11 in San Diego!
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Posted in blogging angels, technology, tagged Avatar, blogging angels, Fun Labs, Kinect, Microsoft, podcast, technology, XBox on July 25, 2011 |
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Last week The Blogging Angels went on their first top-secret mission. The location: The NYC Microsoft offices. The Background: To learn all about the new Avatar Kinect and demo the technology. The Mission: To create our own Avatar Kinect project and show it off to the world today – July 25th, official launch day.
I have owned an XBox and Kinect since the Kinect debuted late last year. My daughters love it and though our downstairs neighbors might not be so enthralled with the fact that they ARE the controller – jumping, running, stomping – I think it’s amazing. The Kinect is truly one of those technologies that makes you feel like the future is now. It’s every science fiction film turned into reality. And that is even more true with the Avatar Kinect.
We decided to film an intro to our podcast using Avatar Kinect. The four of us, each in our own homes in and around NYC, created avatars – styled, dressed and primped them. Though I had to change out of my original fab outfit when Amy and I showed up on our virtual talk show set wearing the same red dress. A virtual fashion horror!
We had to rehearse our timing to land in the talk show set in order. It took a few rounds of practice to get our schtick together. We are used to talking over one another – that’s part of our charm – and the Avatar Kinect is like an etiquette teacher, it doesn’t like that. But, luckily for us, it is all for girls that raise their eyebrows and talk with their hands as much as their mouths. We had a ball trying out the various sets – I think gabbing in space was our fave. I can only imagine where this is going to lead. The potential for creating an avatar and having these pseudo face to face discussions is endless. It really is a new horizon.
Check out our new podcast intro and let me know what you think!
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