Remember how photography used to be absolutely forbidden at trade shows? Cell phone cameras have left those days in the dust. While I was walking the show floor at Plastimagen this afternoon, I noticed lots of attendees taking photos and video with their phones. The most popular subjects were the booths with operating machinery -- injection machines were the stars of the show. But plenty of folks also seem to like to take pictures of the booth "models" (I'm not going to call them "booth bimbos"), who are plentiful at Plastimagen. (I wouldn't be surprised if there's another blog or Web site somewhere with pictures). Today was "student day" at the show, and the aisles were crowded with young visitors who were willing to stand in line for free stuff. I noticed that many of them enjoyed posing and taking pictures with a character at one booth who was dressed up like a Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper. What does that tell you about the future of the plastics industry?
No longer taboo at trade shows
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