I recently popped my NextFest cherry. Can you believe it? All this time and I’ve never been. A few years back the Accenture Techlabs was there to show the interactive wall, but I didn’t go. All I have to say is that it was a fail. I dunno, maybe I expect too much. First of all the venue was tiny. Second there wasn’t that much to see.

Stuff that tickled my fancy:

  • Brainball – a battle of wits to see who can push the ball to the goal using their brain waves. The idea is you propel the ball by being relaxed. If you stress out or get excited, the ball doesn’t move. This presents a dilemma because you get excited as you push the ball forward with your brain waves. Kinda neat.
  • Toyota concept green cars – or what could be best described as little more than eggshells on wheels. I wouldn’t be caught dead on the roads with any of these.
  • The Immersadome was kind of a cool concept. It projects images onto a dome that you put over your head (like a hair dryer?) for a truly immersive experience.
  • I thought this was really cool: Xerox Solid Ink. In an effort to be green, Xerox has these solid ink cartridges. There’s no empty cartridge box. And what’s really cool about it is that they come in different shapes that fit the slot for each particular color. It’s kinda like a baby’s toy cuz you know, people are just too dumb to figure those things out nowadays.
  • Oh, and Eric Natzke’s work was on display. They also had those cool gelaskin covers for your iphone and itouch with his artwork for free. I took one.

All in all, I really didn’t think much of it. Spent maybe half an hour there. I was originally going to take my wife with because I thought it would be cool for her to see. Now I’m glad I didn’t. Check out photos from the Flickr community.

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