Spark | Jan 11, 2013 | 8:00

Carnival Tech (Full Interview)

The deep cold of January is as far away from walking along the midway with a corn dog in one hand and a ticket for the Tilt-a-Whirl in another. But what the heck? Tom Robinson tells us how mobile tech has transformed carny life.

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