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Tech expo astounds service members

Technology enthusiasts previewed the latest gadgets during Camp Pendleton’s eighth annual Technology Expo at the South Mesa Club, April 14.

More than 150 service members attended the event and browsed through the 25 display booths. The affair was open to all Marines and sailors stationed on base, who viewed the event’s new gadgets; the majority of which were durable enough for a combat environment.

“Since [Marines] are mobile, the equipment has to be more durable,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 James E. Leary, air traffic control systems maintenance officer, Marine Air Control Group 38, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. “A lot of the technology here is really cool.”

Among the many devices at the expo, new video conferencing systems drew a large interest with patrons.

“The systems used throughout the Corps are always being updated,” said Bernie Senzig, account manager, Tandberg Inc. “Video conferencing technology now offer high zoom capabilities, and plans are in the works to have the overall quality significantly improved.”

Smart phones were also a favorite with attendees.

The high tech cell phones, marketed to the business community, include two-way radio ability, email and internet access, with intentions to replace conventional desktop phones at the office.

“I am impressed with the communications technology offered in these cell phones,” said Lt. Col. Paul V. Henry, G-4 officer, assistant chief of staff, 1st Marine Logistics Group. “It’s definitely a technology I would consider being a logistician.”

The event was informative and entertaining to service members from across the base, showcasing new technologies available today.

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