I caught up with The Gadget Show’s Suzi Perry to get the low down on the latest tech and hear about her plans to move to the Cote d’Azur and the fact that she loves taking gadgets apart.
I’ve noticed you’re one of the few women who report on tech. Have you always been a gadget fan?
I was fascinated with the Polaroid camera my mum bought me when I was nine. I couldn’t understand how it worked, so I took it apart and put it back together again. It was then that I knew I was slightly addicted to tech. I do meet quite a lot of women in technology, but it’s still considered to be quite a male-dominated environment as a whole. This needs to change.
The Gadget Show celebrated its 150th episode this week. How did you get into gadgets and come to be involved in the show?
I did a Business and Finance degree at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, but when I graduated I ended up going to Japan to work as a model. I returned home after 12 months and worked as an advertising model and got my first TV break as a motorbike pit lane reporter for Sky Sports. That’s where I met the guys who launched The Gadget Show. They knew I could take a bike apart and put it back together again and was interested in boys toys. They asked me if I wanted to do a screen test to be a presenter. I got the job and haven’t looked back – that was six years ago and we’re in series 13 now.
Is this the job you thought you’d have when you were growing up?
I had all the dreams that little girls usually have – I wanted to be an actress one week, a ballet dancer the next. Then I wanted to be a music promoter as that’s what my dad does. But, when I started broadcasting for Sky Sports, my life took a different path.
Is your home kitted out with all the latest technology?
When I bought and renovated it six years ago I did so with the latest tech in mind. For example, I raised the skirting boards so I could put wires underneath and had music streamed into every room – that when Wi-Fi wasn’t so readily available. It’s a Victorian house with a traditional façade but when you walk in it’s like a tardis. It was completely redeveloped using lots of modern glass – we added features such as a luxury wetroom and loft extension.
What was your inspiration behind the décor?
I’ve been inspired by my travels and the place has a lot of Indonesian influence, with walnut wood and glossy finishes. I wanted it to have lots of light pouring in like Cezar Manrique’s house in Lanzarote, but without the volcanic rock!
Cezar Manrique’s stunning home in Lanzarote was the inspiration for Suzi’s London pad
Who inspires you and why?
My parents. I’ve always been able to phone up my father, Tony, and ask him a question and he’ll give me a great answer without loads of waffle. And, my mum, Charlie, who can multi-task like no other.
Any exciting plans coming up you can tell us about?
The Gadget Show is doing a special surprise show in a couple of weeks. We turn up and have two hours to complete a surprise task! And, I’ve actually just sold my house as I’m moving to the Cote d’Azur to live with my husband, Bastien Boosten, who’s got a relocation agency there.
What gadgets do you think are going to be big this year?
3D is a huge talking point – I think it’s going to be great for gaming, but I’m not quite sold on the concept for home cinema yet. Home automation via your smart phone will get more popular too – so you can set your security alarm remotely while you’re out or turn on the heating so it’s warm and welcoming when you get home.
What gadgets could you not live without?
My Apple MacBook Pro for writing and contact with the world!
My Ariel 7 headphones. They look so funky and I love listening to my John Mayer albums with them on.
My phones! I have a Blackberry and an iPhone as I can’t make up my mind which one I prefer. Blackberry is great for messaging and typing, while the iPhone is great for Apps and Music. I need to decide!
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