A Visual Tour of Shape Tech Expo

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It's no CES, but the Shape Tech Expo was nearby and offered me a chance to get a close-up look at futuristic technologies. Hosted by AT&T, the event was held July 15 and 16 at an unusual location: AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants. Exhibits were grouped into five broad categories: Internet of Things, Emerging Technologies (including robotics), Smart Cities, Virtual Reality and Wearables. For me, the big draws were virtual reality and robots.

Pepper

Most exhibits were clustered among the concession stands in the main concourse, but a few occupied the outfield warning track. A section of the field was converted into a presentation stage for a series of panel discussions. Speakers included tech visionary Ray Kurzweil, actor/musician Jared Leto and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver.

A slide show is below, but first, a video of dancing robots and SoftBank's Pepper, the most lifelike robot I've seen.

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