It’s not exactly World’s Fair of yore, but keep watching. When I spoke with Michael Weissberg, one of the founders of Worlds Fair Nano, he told me his vision of a geekfest for all things future-cultural was inspired by stories his parents told him about the NY World’s Fair in 1964. “Why can’t we have an event for people to enjoy and celebrate the future?” said Weissberg.
The two day festival, held in San Francisco in the March and in NYC in the fall was open to the public last weekend. The festival offered a selected look at the future of food, transportation, entertainment, and more.
Held at Pier 48 in San Francisco on a gloomy day, the huge pier seemed a bit cavernous, and many of the exhibits were not as impressive as they were chalked up to be in the show’s marketing, but there were a few things with ChipChick appeal.
A few highlights we enjoyed:
Puzzlebox Drone: Slip on a Muse band (it measure your EEG brain waves with sensors that attach to your forehead and earlobes) and start concentrating as hard as you can. If you concentrate hard enough, you can will a lightweight drone to take flight. Puzzlebox has been around for a few years, but as it learns more about concentration, it keeps improving. Until it does, have someone ready to catch your drone. ($189)
Bruu the Beer Pong Robot: Now here’s something that no one needs but won the “most fun” of show. This roboticized beer pong tray keeps moving around while you and your friends try to toss your ping pong balls in the cups. It’ll be available on Kickstarter in the near future. Best of all? It’s completely water- (and beer-)proof.
ModoBag: In a world of crazy new transportation devices, why not just take a ride on your sit-on-top luggage? Inspired by lugging his own kids around airports while they sat atop his luggage, the ModoBag is TSA compliant and fits in your overhead bin. The bag can travel up to 6 miles on a single charge, at 8 miles an hour. It comes with dual USB charging ports for your electronics and optional GPRS-GSM tracking. You’ll feel a bit like you’re riding a toy but it’s priced at about $1400. Great idea if you’re luggage is slowing you down.
Even the food was on futuristic point with chewable coffee and soylent drinks. All in all, a great way to give a taste of the future to futurists of all ages.
Robin Raskin is the founder of Living in Digital Time, a series of conferences and events that explores the intersect of life and technology. Former editor of PC Magazine, she loves writing for Ziff Davis again, this time from a woman’s POV.