Technology and consumer electronics blog Engadget gives their long-time readers what they want: The Engadget Show.
On September 13, 2009, the technology blog known as Engadget (engadget.com) finally caved and gave its readers the one thing they had been howling for: The Engadget Show. As you may know, Engadget hosts a weekly podcast in which they talk about all the happenings in the technology and consumer electronics arena for the past week. The podcast consists of Joshua Topolsky, Editor-in-chief at Engadget, and two other editors, Nilay Patel and Paul Miller, sitting around talking about all the hottest goings-on in geek land.
Recently, Topolsky, Miller, and Patel took this a step further and recorded an actual show, complete with video. This was Episode 001 of The Engadget Show. The show was taped at Parsons The New School for Design and featured Palm’s CEO Jon Rubinstein as their first guest. They also had live music from the band Bit Shifter.
The Engadget crew had recently started doing live podcasts, in which listeners could join the discussion in a live chat on Ustream. Throughout these chats, listeners would constantly prod Toposlky to set up a video recording of the podcasts. Whether or not this was the sole factor pushing forth the birth of The Engadget Show, I do not know. But the masterminds behind the blog finally decided to tape a show.
The first episode of The Engadget Show was (and is) available for free to download or stream from engadget.com the week after it was recorded. I downloaded and watched the show and I have to say that I am quite impressed. Joshua Topolsky was a great host and wrangled the sometimes erratic vessel of a fledgling show quite triumphantly. He even learned how to use a video camera for the first time (Topolsky had a bit of trouble trying to shoot some footage of various aspects of the show himself).
I would have to say the slowest part of The Engadget Show Episode 001 was the talk with Rubinstein. He was quite standoffish to Topolsky’s humorous comments and seemed just like the stiff CEO of a consumer electronics corporation. Questions from the Engadget editor about Palm’s new Pixi (you can read more about the phone here) weren’t answered very tactfully by Rubinstein. He might have brought Palm back from the deathbed, but it wasn’t through charisma.
However, old Topolsky hit up the Bit Shifter for a bit of transitional rockage and was on his way. Next came what all Engadget readers had been waiting for their entire lives: the video podcast. Or at least the equivalent of it. Nilay Patel and Paul Miller came out to join their Editor-in-chief and gave the weekly tech a good run down. The trio went over Apple’s lackluster iPod event, the new iPod Nano (with its cyborg-mode-packing camera) and the upcoming Motorola CLIQ. Now that is what The Engadget Show is about! Either bring on better guests or just do the podcast on video the whole time (with some Bit Shifter, of course). I do have to hand it to them, though, I was surprised they got anyone I had even heard of for their first guest spot. Rubinstein is a big dude in the electronics world, it’s not their fault that he’s just plain boring.
All in all, The Engadget Show’s first episode was quite impressive and entertaining. I have to say I am looking forward to Episode 002. So if you’re also biting at the reigns to see the next magical talkie from the Engadget team, do like I did and check out this short about the technology used in Times Square. Other than that, just sit tight and wait for those Engadgeteers to pop out the next episode of The Engadget Show!