The Worlds Fair of Technology… here in New York


Actually, it’s the Wired NextFest event that’s being held at the Javits Center, and for someone who enjoys this kind of thing (like I do), it’ll FEEL like a World’s Fair.

Last night, I was able to get a sneak peak at the event (which doesn’t really open until Friday). I love being a +1 for these things!

I would really suggest checking this out. Even if you’re not a Techy, there’s LOT’S of entertaining stuff. My friend was DREADING this (she’s more of a fashionista), and she ended up having a ball.

The big hits last night were the Robots. There was one that ballroom danced, one with an Albert Einstein head, one that’s a DJ, one that pours drinks, and one that could be a receptionist or nanny. That one LOOKS like a real woman. Freaky.

Then, for you boys, there were lots of games. Virtual canoeing, musical climbing wall, karate trainer, games that insert YOU into them, virtual tennis… you get the picture.

Of course, there were plenty of innovations in Healthcare, Security, Transportation, Space Exploration, Communication, Design and lots of new Environmentally friendly products. Yay!

Even though my head is still spinning a bit while I sit here thinking about all the cool shit I saw, I wish it was a larger event – like the Auto Show – but I’m going back on Saturday since not everything was up yet.

Sadly, I don’t think they’ll be serving free alcohol and food again.

4 Comments so far

  1. Noah (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

    This sounds GREAT!!!! I will check it out. Thanks for the tip, Melissa.

  2. Melissa (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

    No problem Noah. Let me know how you like it.

  3. Noah (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Just wanted to report back… The show was GREAT! But, it was way way way too crowded to really enjoy it. It was broken down into many different areas, like transportation, health, green (environmentally safe), security, gaming, etc. Then a few vendors had their own “pavillions,” which was also interesting. It is over now, but when it comes around again, I would reccomend it to anyone! You can read more about what I did there at my blog:

    thanks for the tip, Melissa!

  4. Melissa (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    Noah – I agree. I went back on Saturday and it was crazy. I’m lucky that I was able to get there before it was open to the public. Even though everything wasn’t all set up yet, we were able to play with some of the stuff.

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