VIRTUAL SHOW WEB SITES

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SAE 97 (http://www.sae.org/sae97) — This online exhibition from the Society of Automotive Engineers includes a show daily, an exhibit walk-through, a listing of exhibitors, technical sessions, etc. National Design Engineering Show (http://nmw.reedexpo. com) — As part of a larger site for the four National Manufacturing Week shows from Reed Exhibitions, this site includes all the elements listed above, and requires Apple Computer Inc.'s Quicktime virtual-reality software to navigate the show tour.

Comdex (http://www.comdex.com) — As one might expect, this mega computer expo features a site with all possible technical frills, including its WebCast, with audio and real-time video.

Virtual Trade Shows (http://www.tradegroup.com/ttgpages/ virtual.html) — Though Trade Group Inc. has suspended its online trade shows, this section of its site still contains some useful information about the concept and execution of virtual shows.