ASIMO was the crowd favorite at the first Wired Magazine NextFest technology festival in San Francisco.
From May 14-16, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest 2004 took over San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, attracting more than 20,000 people from across the Bay Area, including San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom. Attendees to the event got a firsthand view of bold and inspiring inventions, prototypes, designs and interactive exhibits from leading global R&D and visionary companies and people. More than 100 new technologies were on display at the three-day mini world’s fair, including a “transparent cloak,” a flying car, a solar-powered plane and the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO.
ASIMO was one of the must-see attractions at NextFest, educating and entertaining more than 3,240 people during its nine jam-packed shows. Friday’s demonstrations were reserved for local students who received free admission to NextFest. On Saturday and Sunday, the public got a chance to see the many exhibits and witness ASIMO in person. Before each show, the long line of people anxious to see ASIMO snaked through the entire pavilion, wrapping around exhibits and stretching as far as one could see. As soon as the doors opened for each show, people rushed to get front row seats. The demonstration room was filled to capacity for each show with people of all ages excited to see ASIMO on stage and to learn about the potential future applications for robotic technologies.
Don’t miss your chance to see ASIMO in person. ASIMO will continue to travel across the United States and may be headed to a city near you! Please check the ASIMO Web site often to find the latest news on future ASIMO touring activities.