Team Legal IT Insider was at the Bighand EMEA user conference in Manchester yesterday – we'll have a full report on the serious news in February's newsletter but in the meantime here are some random photos and even more random captions. See also video (below)

 

 

The venue was the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

Which is now in the shadow (at least on a sunny day) of the Beetham Tower on Deansgate, the tallest residential tower in the UK – and apparently the home of many footballers and their wives.

Among other things, MOSI is home to the remains of Baby, the first computer with a permanent memory store – it was built in 1948 and could store 2048 bits of data.

And there was also one of these – hands up anyone who remembers using one?

Meanwhile back in the 21st century, Bighand was showing its new digital dictation app for the Blackberry 10 platform.

And yes it is true, the BB10 does also support Angry Birds (StarWars edition shown)

Here's the point in the conference when Rob Lancashire and Emma Sarson deal with an audience member who suggests that speech recognition is a ‘Marmite' technology – loved by some and loathed by others.

Finally, we'd like to claim these two Lycra-clad hunks were demonstrating a new form of wearable digital dictation technology but it's actually Ben Mills of Bighand and Olympic cyclist Rob Hales (who features on Bighand's current poster campaign) discussing sponsorship and the importance of making every second count (and apologies for the poor quality picture).