From bucket trucks at least 100’ high to giant transformers, wandering the show floor at a smart frid conference such as last February’s Distributech can be a jaw-dropping experience. These Grid geeks have all the best toys: satcomm units, sensor networks, super-durable laptops, and more. My favorite was a Barco 80” high-resolution “all-events monitor” which just might fit on the south wall of my office … if I move some things around …

Check out these Grid-geek goodies:
• Panasonic Toughbook-19: Super-rugged laptop with high-res, daylight viewable, touch-sensitive 10.4” screen, 2MP camera, built-in broadband
• Inmarsat’s IsatPhonePRO, a super-rugged satellite phone with extended battery life
Barco OV 815 80” All-Events Monitor: High-res monitor bigger than you’ve ever seen before
Control4 EC-100 Energy Controller: Ergonomically elegant countertop display of home energy usage history, parameters and choices

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